Paula M. (Schena) Cox, 67, Retired from Verizon

Paula M. (Schena) Cox, 67, passed away on Tuesday, May 29, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born in Haverhill on Jan. 1, 1951, the daughter of the late Frank and Celeste T. (McLaughlin) Schena and was educated in Haverhill Schools.

She was the loving wife of David Cox and the couple enjoyed over 47 years of marriage. They raised their two children while living in Groveland and spending summers at their vacation home in Wells, Maine. Cox worked for Verizon for 20 years until her retirement in 2006. During retirement she took care of her grandchildren and did countless things for others. Her interests included needlepoint, oil painting, the beach, trips to many casinos, playing cards and traveling with family and friends to many destinations especially Aruba over 25 times. Cox was a selfless, giving, loving and kind woman who was always thinking of others with a smile on her face. She spent as much time as she could with her devoted husband, her siblings, daughter, son, grandchildren and their families. If she was not with them, she was talking about them.

Her surviving family members in addition to her husband David include her loving children Monica Barbieri and husband Michael, Andrew Cox and wife Christina all of Groveland, cherished grandchildren Madison Barbieri, Mason Barbieri and Jacob Cox, beloved siblings Pamela Maurice and husband Daniel and Mark Schena, several nieces, nephews, cousins, brothers and sisters in-law and many great friends. She was predeceased by her father and mother in-law William and Beatrice Cox and brother in-law Joseph Cox.

The Cox family would like to thank the staff of Wingate at Haverhill for the dedicated service and care they have given to her and her family.

Visiting hours will be held on Monday, June 4, in the Driscoll Funeral Home, 309 South Main St., Bradford from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in Sacred Hearts Church, 165 South Main St., Bradford at 12:30 p.m. Burial in St. Patrick Cemetery, Haverhill. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Cox’s memory may be made to the Sacred Hearts Food Pantry, c/o 48 South Chestnut St., Bradford, MA 01835.