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October 19, 2018

8/25/2017 5:00:00 AM
Helen Louise Cox
Jan. 8, 1930 - Aug. 23, 2017
Helen Cox
Helen Cox

Helen Louise Cox, 87, Nappanee, and formerly of Akron and Atwood, died on Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017, at 6:55 p.m. at Miller's Merry Manor, Wakarusa, where she was in rehab.

She was born on Jan. 8, 1930, in Goodland, to Fred Lee Sell and Olive Minerva (Luse) Sell. Helen was married to Vernon Cox on Dec. 19, 1947, in Goodland.

Helen worked 23 years and retired at RR Donnelley in Warsaw, where her main job was being a shipping clerk.

She lived in Atwood beginning in 1956 and then moved to Akron, where she lived for four years. After her husband died and with Helen having some health issues, she moved to Heritage House Senior Living in Nappanee.

While living in Atwood, she attended the Otterbein United Methodist Church; and then in Akron, she attended the Akron Church of God. She was very active, serving on many church boards. Helen and her husband very involved in helping others. She was involved in I.C.A.R.E. - Interfaith Coalition Andrew (Hurricane), helped with the Recovery Effort in Florida, and assisted at a work camp in the summer for the United Methodist Oklahoma Indian Project.

Helen enjoyed quilt making and cherished her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and gave them all the love she could. Her favorite color was purple. She was very special, and her own children considered her to be a "Super Mom."

Helen is survived by five children, Diana (William) Davis, Byron, Mich.; Jon (Kathy) Cox, Atwood, Mark (Sonia) Cox, Akron, Matthew (Tersa) Cox, Wakarusa, and David Cox, Milton, Fla; two brothers, Charles "Chuck" (Janet) Sell, Goodland, and Robert Sell, Goodland; one sister, Leona (Bill) Elbert, West Lafayette; 15 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren with two more on the way.

Helen was preceded in death by her husband, Vernon Cox, in 2009; grandson Ryan Jacob Cox, in 2009; three brothers, James, Earl, and Phillip "Pete" Sell; two sisters, Ruth Marie Sell and Dorothy Stumbaugh; and a daughter-in-law, Traci Cox, in 2015.

Visitation will be Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, from 10 a.m.-noon at the Earl-Love Funeral Home in Akron. Her funeral service will be Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, following visitation, officiated by Pastor Jeff Sumner of Olive Branch Church. Burial will follow in the Akron IOOF Cemetery.

Memorial contributions requested by Helen may be made to Riley's Children Foundation at 30 S. Meridian Street, Suite 200, Indianapolis, IN 46204-3509, or online.

The staff of Earl-Love Funeral Home considers it a privilege and an honor to care for the family and friends of Helen Cox.

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