Kimberly Ann Cox


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Kimberly Ann Cox

Kimberly Ann (Ostling) Cox passed away on Saturday, October 15, 2022, at the age of 52 in her home with her family present.

Born on March 24, 1970 in Bryn Mawr, PA to Bill and Joyce Ostling, Kim moved with her family to Bainbridge Island, WA when she was a year old.  As she grew up on the island, she was active in church and choir groups before graduating from Bainbridge High School in 1989.  Her love of children drew her to pursue an Early Childhood Education degree, graduating with an Associate of Arts degree from Seattle Central Community College in 1992 and a Bachelors of Arts from Central Washington University in 1994.  She greatly enjoyed her time working with children as a nanny and at the Christ Memorial (Gateway) Church daycare in Poulsbo, WA.  As a member of Eastside Foursquare Church, she volunteered with the children’s ministry and in the office.

She met the love of her life, Tom Cox, when she sat in the same church pew as him in college.  They married in 1996 and spent an incredible 26 years together, traveling around the US and Europe, cheering on the Seattle Mariners, enjoying Disneyland and exploring the Pacific Northwest.

As an Anglophile at heart, Kim always appreciated a good cup of tea and treasured her outings to traditional afternoon teas at tea shops with her husband and family.  Above all else, she valued special family times together.  She will be remembered for her sweet and kind personality, powerful faith, and constant perseverance.  She had a strong will to live the best life possible and worked hard to overcome any obstacles she faced.

Kim is survived by her devoted husband of 26 years, Tom Cox.  She also leaves behind her loving parents, Bill and Joyce Ostling; sister, Tami Ostling, her husband, Terry Postma, and nephews Luke, David, Mark and Tristan; in-laws, Bob and Karen Cox; sister-in-law, Lisa Cox; sister-in-law, Becky Culver, her husband, Jim, and nephew John; sister-in-law, Marie Welch, her husband Peter, and niece Emma Whitworth (husband Nehemiah), nephew Tyler and niece Brooklyn.  She is preceded in death by her older brother, Douglas M. Ostling, who loved and cared for her greatly and with whom she shared a special bond.

Her husband and family would like to thank friends, neighbors and family for their support and prayers for Kim over the years, and specifically thank those who spent time with her and made her feel very loved.

In honor of her memory, Kim’s Celebration of Life gathering will be a holiday tea served at her and her husband’s home in Kenmore, WA on Saturday, December 3, from 1-5 PM.  Please email for the address and parking instructions.

6 Responses to “Kimberly Ann Cox”

  • James Day says:

    The words are beautifully written and truly depict Kim’s life and loves. She was a dear sweet girl always and will be remembered as such. She rose to the challenges of life and carried on with a stiff upper lip. Now she can be at peace in her forever home.
    Rest easy, dear Kim.

  • Amy Morris says:

    Kim was always a very sweet and special person. My condolences to the ones left behind as she rests in eternity.

  • Natalie Hamm Blackburn says:

    I’m so sad to hear of Kim’s passing. We haven’t been in touch for many years – yet Kim was one of my best friends in elementary and middle school and has a special place in my heart. I remember her as one of the sweetest people I’ve ever known. No matter the challenges she faced, she was so positive, hopeful and strong. I especially remember our sleepovers, laughing and talking for hours, waking up to the lovely Ostling family waffle breakfasts. Mr. and Mrs. Ostling , Tami, Tom, I’m so sorry for your loss. I know Kim and Doug are together now with God and I hope that gives you a bit of peace. In sympathy and love, and celebration of Kim’s sweetness, Natalie (Hamm) Blackburn

  • Claudia Wark says:

    There are so many happy times I remember with my spunky little niece: how thrilled she was when the Rhinelander Restaurant staff sang Happy 16th Birthday to her, how proud she was to invite me to lunch in Ellensburg to meet “Tom”, how she looked like a princess on her wedding day and how we had a special spa day before her kidney transplant. RIP “Burly” as Uncle Jim liked to call you. You will be remembered, loved and missed.
    Aunt Claudia

  • Mary Kendall says:

    I always admired Kim’s strength and determination to live a full life and enjoy herself wherever she was. A great example for the rest of us. She leaves a long list of memories for her loved ones. Take good care.

  • Matt Messner says:

    Heidi and I love you both, and have been inspired by your lives. You have been in our prayers and near our hearts throughout the challenges which you have faced with courage, genuine faith, and unconditional love. Tom: We are thinking of you and praying for you in these days ahead.

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