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Funeral services scheduled for Jones Co. accident victim


Thomas Funeral Home will hold a wake service Tuesday for the an Anamosa School District guidance counselor killed after her car plunged into the Wapsipinicon Friday.

The wake will run from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Centerville.

Funeral services will be the next day, Wednesday, at 10 a.m. at Centerville High School.

Nicole Cox, 30, of Stanwood was the only person inside her car when it went into the water.

She was a guidance counselor at  Strawberry Hill Elementary School.

"It still hasn't sunk into some of our people yet. It's very very tough," Brain Ney, Anamosa Community School District Superintendent, said.

Those who knew Cox spent part of Saturday at West Middle School in Anamosa mourning the loss of a life dedicated to others.

"When she was convinced something would work and be best for her kids, she'd give 110 percent to put that into effect," Ney said.  

Described by friends and co-workers as bubbly, outgoing, and dedicated, Cox worked in the Anamosa School District for four years.

She left a lasting impression on those she worked with-even earning state accolades for her work in the school's counseling program.

"She's going to be sorely missed, a strong desire to work with kids," Ney said.

Several memorials were set up in her honor at the site where her car entered the Wapspinicon River Friday.

She was seen at the school earlier that day and was going to the park for a run.

Authorities are trying to piece together the events that led the car into the river.

"We do believe she was the driver and the sole occupant when it went into the river," Greg Graver, Jones County Sheriff, said.

Officials say the car failed to negotiate a sharp curve in the park and while the area has not been prone to accidents authorities do not suspect foul play or suicide.

"There was indication by the tire tracks that the vehicle was turning when it went into the river. It did not go straight off and straight in to the river," Graver said.  

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