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On Sunday evening, July 15th, a magnificent lightning storm surrounded Center City. Jane Cox and her beautiful daughter Heather and son-in-law Julian, turned off the lights and witnessed the spectacle.

As the wind took the storm so did Jane take her last breath.



Wind on the Hill
By A. A. Milne, from
The Complete Poems of Winnie-the-Pooh.


No one can tell me,
Nobody knows,
Where the wind comes from,
Where the wind goes.

It’s flying from somewhere
As fast as it can,
I couldn’t keep up with it,
Not if I ran.

But if I stopped holding
The string of my kite,
It would blow with the wind
For a day and a night.

And then when I found it,
Wherever it blew,
I should know that the wind
Had been going there too.

So then I could tell them
Where the wind goes . . .
But where the wind comes from
Nobody knows.


We knew Jane Cox as a kind, strong, courageous woman of great perseverance and moral character. For the last forty-eight years, Jane has been a loyal member of our church family. For that reason, we are honored to host her memorial service and offer a special flower communion on Saturday, September 8th, 2012 at 1:30 pm. Please join us for this celebration of life.

Born to a Quaker family on February 27, 1923 in West Chester, PA, Jane attended Gilford College and graduated with her bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a Masters degree in Social Work from Bryn Mawr. Jane served the City of Philadelphia’s Planning Committee and worked for the United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania for over two decades.

Jane is survived by her daughter Heather Cooke, son-in-law Julian Cooke, granddaughter Bryanne Ellis Cooke; and her step-daughter Donalee Lasseter and granddaughters Lyndon and Gina Lasseter.

Cards can be sent to Heather Cooke care of her mother’s residence. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the First Unitarian Church, Jane Cox Memorial Fund; the National Audubon Society; and Project H.O.M.E.


Until then, may the winds from the west bring you peace,
may the sunrise bring insight from the east, and
may the storms of change illuminate the night,
just as we were blessed to have Jane in our lives.


With love,



Rev. Nate Walker
Minister & Executive Director

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