Wilma Rose (Mullins) Cozort passed peacefully, surrounded by her eight children, on December 18, 2021, at the age of 86. Wilma was born April 30, 1935, in Bakersfield, Missouri, to Wade and Dorothy Faye (Garrett) Mullins. She was a 1952 graduate of Bakersfield High School and attended Burge School of Nursing in Springfield. Wilma married Herbert Wandell Cozort on February 24,1954, and postponed her nursing career to raise their eight children. Once the children were grown, Wilma pursued her career and retired from the Cox Health system as a geriatric medical assistant. She was a founding board member of the Christian County Health Department, co-developed the first Cox Geriatric Conference in Springfield, and implemented the Cox Senior Health In-Home Services program during her career. Wilma was an active, founding member of the Union Hill Church of Christ in Nixa. She loved traveling, reading, baking, creating floral arrangements, drawing, and tending to the family garden. Wilma could play the piano by ear, had a beautiful voice, and loved long conversations with her family and friends. Wilma displayed a servant's heart and opened her home with grace and hospitality to everyone.
Wilma was preceded in death by her parents; husband of 65 years, Herbert Cozort; one grandson, Justin Eidson; two infant brothers; and three sisters: Mary Watson, Betty Babb, and Donna Rippee.
Wilma's legacy is her family. Her eight children survive her: Rebecca (David) Berry, Susan(Mike) Jones, David (Julie) Cozort, Linda (Mike) Rogers, Jeffrey (Annette) Cozort, Mary(Gordon) Eidson, Daniel (Gina) Cozort, and Steven Cozort. She is also survived by 13 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends, who all loved Wilma "a bushel and a peck."
In place of flowers, please donate to The Herbert and Wilma Cozort/Mullins Endowment Fund at The College of the Ozarks by sending a check to College of the Ozarks, attn: Development Office, PO BOX 17, Point Lookout, MO, 65726 with the name of the endowment fund in thememo. Online donations can be made at https://www.cofo.edu/. Click "give," then click "make a gift, "then choose "other" and a comment to restrict the gift to this endowment fund.
Funeral service will be held at 10 am on Wednesday, December 22, 2021 at Union Hill Church of Christ. Visitation will immediately follow services. Burial is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Wednesday at Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Springfield, Mo.
Arrangements are under the care and direction of Adams Funeral Home in Nixa, Missouri.