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Devoted mother remembered after tragic death

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Christopher Knaus

The funeral of Canberra Hospital nurse Linda Cox is held at St Raphael's Catholic Church, Queanbeyan. Click for more photos

Devoted mother Linda Cox remembered at Queanbeyan Funeral.

Devoted mother Linda Cox remembered at Queanbeyan Funeral. Photo: Colleen Petch

The life of Linda Cox was celebrated at a moving funeral service yesterday, as mourners remembered a loving and devoted mother and wife, and a fiercely intelligent and talented cardiac technician.

Mrs Cox, 38, was tragically killed when she was hit by a stolen car that allegedly ran a red light while trying to evade police outside the Canberra Hospital last week.

Many of those who packed St Raphael’s Catholic Church in Queanbeyan yesterday were still coming to terms with the shock of her sudden death.

Mrs Cox was remembered as a dedicated wife to Jamie, and a loving mother of her two sons Bradley, 15, and Adam, 13.
Friend and colleague David Coles described Mrs Cox as a gifted senior cardiac technician, who had spent much of her career in the cardiology department of the Canberra Hospital.

Dr Coles, an experienced cardiologist, said Mrs Cox’s intelligence and talent were grounded by her humility, selflessness, common sense, and affable nature. ‘‘Despite all her demonstrable achievements, the greatest and lasting legacy will be with people, all those people she trained,’’ Dr Coles said.

Her colleagues and close friends, Stacey Searle and Julie-anne Craig, spoke for the family.

They recalled fondly Mrs Cox’s early years, growing up in Queanbeyan with her younger brother and sister, Anton and Sandra.

‘‘She was a big sister in the true meaning of the words, looking out for her younger siblings,’’ Mrs Searle said.

She was remembered as a loving wife to Jamie, who she counted as her best friend as well as her life partner.

They met in 1995, at a local club, and soon became close.

‘‘Jamie and Linda went to the movies a few times, and Jamie even had the audacity to stand her up a couple of times, which of course she wasn’t too happy about, and later she enjoyed reminding him of this,’’ Mrs Searle said.

‘‘People who knew Linda before she met Jamie have said that he really changed her life for the better,’’ she said. ‘‘If Jamie didn’t kiss Linda goodbye in the morning, she would call him when he was just down the road and say ‘have you forgotten something’.’’

Mrs Cox would ‘‘do anything’’ for the people she loved, and was never afraid to make sacrifices for her two sons.

Mrs Cox was laid to rest at the Queanbeyan Cemetery, alongside her grandmother, with whom she was extremely close.

A fund has been set up to help Mrs Cox’s family through the tragedy.

Donations can be made via electronic funds transfer to the Service One Members Banking Linda Cox Memorial Fund by going to website somb.com.au and following the links. They can also be made at any Service One Members Banking outlet – ANU, Belconnen, Brindabella Business Park, Civic, Deakin, Gungahlin, Queanbeyan, Canberra Hospital, Tuggeranong, University of Canberra and Woden.

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