Murnie Cox, affectionately known as WSMR’s matriarch, died Nov. 3 at a hospice care facility in Las Cruces.
Cox and her husband, the late Rob Cox, raised their family on their ranch located on the east slope of the Organ Mountains, on WSMR property. The Cox’s were a staple on the installation. The Cox Range Control Center is dedicated to the Cox family, who grew up on the Organ Mountain property since the early 1890s.
“We lost a truly great friend and neighbor to WSMR. She will be missed by many of us who knew her and who worked with the Cox family,” said WSMR Deputy Executive Director and family friend Dan Hicks.
Murnie’s husband Rob died in 2008. Two years ago, before the Veteran’s Day Holiday, Murnie and Rob’s son Mark were invited to the Cox Range Control Center to unveil a shadow box with Rob’s military medals that is now a permanent staple in the front lobby of the facility. Earlier that year, Murnie was honored by then WSMR Commander Brig. Gen. John Ferrari. Ferrari presented Murnie with a commander’s award for public service for her role in the installation’s rich history.
Murnie will be cremated and her ashes will be scattered at the ranch, where her husband’s ashes were also scattered. A memorial will be held at a later date.