Erma Louise Landis Cox, age 95 of Springfield, passed away February 18, 2023. She was preceded in
death by her husband, Rev. Donald A. Cox, her parents, Luther and Phoebe Peachy Landis, five brothers,
Red, Jim, Bill, Floyd and Chuck, and one sister, Donna. She is survived by her children, Lori (Todd)
Richardson, Lisa Cox Moore, both of Springfield, and Amy (Richard) Fitzwater of West Carrollton; 6
grandchildren: Mike (Amy), Josh (Lillian), Jacob, Madison, Makenna, and Nathan; 5 great-grandchildren:
Kaitlin, Eric, Ivy, Priscilla, and Ruth; beloved brother-in-law Fred Cox, and several nieces and nephews.
Born January 8, 1928, in Bellefontaine, Erma lived an enriched life with many family and friends, but
most especially with Jesus as her Lord and Savior. After marrying Don in 1949, both were saved at a
revival at Bellefontaine Church of God. Soon after, they entered the ministry and served at Clifton
Avenue Church of God in Springfield, then at South Emerson Church of God in Beech Grove, Indiana, and
finally back to Clifton Avenue, retiring in 1991. Erma served in many capacities in the Church over the
years and was a devoted friend and steadfast helper.
Erma was a resilient woman, bouncing back after her husband’s death and from her own health issues
to help care for her grandchildren and to continue in service through her church, Hillside Church of God.
Friends remember her for her smile, kindness, faithfulness, and humor with a touch of sass. Her family
remembers her as a highly independent woman (and a tad stubborn), maker of dresses and quilts and
Barbie clothes, originator of our sweet tooth DNA, a discreet ear for our venting, and a faithful caregiver.
She loved reading since childhood, working with numbers, Esther Price chocolate, birdwatching, flowers,
the color pink, puzzles, chocolate candy bars, NCIS, music, Ohio State football, travelling, really any
chocolate, a phone call from a friend, homemade ice cream and a sunny afternoon on the porch. She
will be missed, but we are confident we will meet again.
Funeral services will be held Friday, February 24, at noon at Jackson Lytle & Lewis Funeral Home with
Rev. Michael Criner officiating. Visitation will begin two hours prior at 10 a.m. A graveside service will
follow in Bellefontaine Cemetery at 2:30 p.m.