Lou Cox, age 58, died Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011, in the loving arms of her husband and daughters after a long and courageous battle with breast cancer.

The family visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Saturday, at The Hamil Family Funeral Home, 6449 Buffalo Gap Road in Abilene, Texas. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011, at Oldham Lane Church of Christ with interment following in Dudley Cemetery. The funeral will be officiated by Bob Martin.

Lou was born on Jan. 31, 1953, in Brownwood, Texas, to John Truman Reagan and Josephine Milner Reagan. She graduated from Blanket High School in Blanket, Texas, where she met the love of her life, Rodney Cox. Lou attended Abilene Christian College and Mary Meeks School of Nursing, attending classes at all three universities. She graduated from McMurry University with top honors.

Lou worked at Abilene Printing and Stationary, at Hendrick Medical center as a nurse and as a Patient Representative, at Hendrick Hospice, and as a school nurse for Abilene Independent School District. She retired from AISD in May, 2011, as the school nurse at Johnston Elementary.

Lou Reagan was married to Rodney Cox on Sept. 1, 1972, in Abilene, Texas. She and Rodney made the Abilene area their home for the next 39 years. Lou and Rodney were members at Highway 36 Church of Christ.

Lou enjoyed dancing with her husband, gardening, baking, reading, and caring for others. She loved spoiling her grandchildren and attending their many activities. She and her husband lived on their ranch and she received great pleasure from taking her grandkids to see the new baby calves. Lou led a life that honored God and was an inspiration of hope and faith for all who knew her. She had a smile that would light up a room and warm your heart, and she had a sparkle in her eyes that reflected the love and compassion she shared with everyone she meet.

Lou is survived by her husband, Rodney Cox; her daughters, Kerri Bristow and husband Tony of Hawley, Texas, and Jana Cox of Abilene, Texas; her brother, Joe Reagan and wife Alice of Longview, Texas; her twin sister, Sue Harvey and husband Larry of Granbury, Texas; her grandchildren, Kaitlyn Bristow and Tyler Bristow, both of Hawley, and Colby Flash and Lainey Flash, both of Abilene; brothers-in-law, Marvin Cox of Brownwood, Texas, and Arvil Cox and wife Tonya also of Brownwood, Texas; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Truman and Josephine Reagan, and numerous other family members.

If you would like to make a donation in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mary Crowley Cancer Research, C/O Joyce O'Shaughnessy M.D. Research Fund, 1700 Pacific Suite 1100, Dallas, TX 75201 or online at www.marycrowley.org.

Online condolences may be posted at www.HamilFamilyFuneralHome.com.