WOLFE CITY, Tex. (KXII) - The Wolfe City community is mourning the loss of their first grade teacher.
"To lose her is a punch to the gut for the entire community."
Amy Cox was a beloved first grade teacher at Wolfe City ISD.
She had been teaching for 17 years.
Superintendent Anthony Figueroa met her this year and instantly recognized her talent and joyful spirit.
"It didn't take long to notice the lady down the hallway with bright curly hair and a big smile. I gravitated toward her room," Figueroa said.
Cox was leaving Trenton Friday night around 6:30 after watching her freshman daughter play volleyball against Trenton ISD.
She was driving southbound on US 69 and Sunnyside St. just outside Trenton.
"From what I understand, she had a medical episode that caused her to drive through a ditch and come to a stop," said Trenton Fire Chief CJ Fillingham
Fillingham said their department arrived two minutes after getting the call, but Cox was unresponsive likely from the medical episode. First responders performed CPR and she was taken to the hospital but died.
"To have that feeling of helplessness is something we're not used to," Fillingham said.
Cox's friends who taught with her-- Kimberly Crump and Cathy Samples-- said Cox was a friend to all and a light in the community.
Figueroa said she had a love of reading that she shared with every student.
"Kids were smiling, reading-- enjoying the love of reading," Figueroa said.
Cox leaves behind a daughter in ninth grade, son in second grade and a husband.
"I can't express enough the profound sadness for a person like Amy to pass away so suddenly. My heart goes out to the Cox family and Wolfe City," Figueroa said.
Wolfe City ISD will have grief counselors available all week at every school.
Cox's funeral is being held at the First Baptist Church in Wolfe City at 2 p.m. Tuesday.
Class will end early that day for students and faculty who would like to attend.
In lieu of flowers, the family has set up an Amy Cox Memorial Elementary Reading Scholarship Fund at Alliance Bank.