AUBURN – Norma Cox Fides, 72, wife of Peter J. Fides of Poland Spring and daughter of Walter L. Cox and Elizabeth B. Davis Cox, passed away peacefully in her sleep with her loving husband by her side in Auburn on Feb. 19.

She was born in Auburn, on June 24, 1936. Growing up in Danville, she attended Auburn schools graduating from Edward Little in 1954.

After graduating, she joined the U.S. Air Force and served honorably for four years. When she returned to Maine, she served as a foster parent and she worked for Pine Tree Tel & Tel, Head Start, Pioneer Plastics, and the Cumberland and Auburn school departments. After retiring, she worked parttime at the Poland Spring Resort.

She was very interested in politics. She was a delegate for John F. Kennedy at the National Democratic Convention in 1960. She later was a huge supporter of Bobby Kennedy.

She enjoyed movies, listening to Neil Diamond, watching the Red Sox, playing cribbage, and relaxing in the sun at the beach. However, her favorite times were spent with her family and friends exchanging stories about times past.

Besides her husband, she is survived by her children, Mickey Batchelder of Lewiston, Phillip Batchelder of Poland Spring, Suzanne Fides Joncas of Poland Spring and Emily Walton Landis of New York; her brothers, Robert Walton of Poland, Linwood Cox of Saco, and Clifford Cox of Winthrop; sisters, Shirley Foster of Winthrop and Carole Saunders of Oakland; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her brother, Richard Cox; and two sisters, Arlene Jacobsen and Sally Cox Phaneuf.

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