OBITUARY

Elsie Pauline O'Connor Fox

March 23, 1922October 31, 2013

Elsie Pauline O’Connor Fox joined her heavenly family at 12:40 p.m. on Thursday, October 31, 2013 at Keepsake Village of Columbus, IN. Her life has been an awesome accomplishment and she has done a multitude of fantastic things during it. She was one of the most wonderful people you could have ever met.

She was born in Jenks, OK on March 23, 1922 and was raised in Wichita, KS and Greenfield, MO. She graduated from Wichita State University in 1944 with a BS in Business, as well as serving in the Women’s Army Corps during WWII where she met and married Robert Fox. They moved to Columbus, IN. in 1949 and she worked in Civil Service at Bakalar Air Base. In 1954 she went to work for Cummins Engine Co. as a secretary and worked her way up to become the first woman Regional Service Manager in the Northern Territory of the U.S. before retirement from Cummins in 1983. She enjoyed traveling worldwide, cross country skiing, hiking, and participating in many Elder Hostel experiences. She volunteered at many archeological digs throughout the United States with several different universities including UC Berkeley, Wichita State, Texas A&M and University of South Carolina. She also volunteered at the Indiana University Glenn Black Laboratory of Archaeology as a Research Assistant helping to catalog artifacts. She did extensive research on multiple branches of the family genealogy tracing back to her original immigrant ancestors. She was a charter member of Faith Lutheran Church in Columbus and she was president of the Toast Mistress Club in 1974.

She is survived by her loving children, Robert, Jr. (Linda), Jim (Cindy), Susan Fox (Robert Gergely) and Ric (Cheryl); grandchildren, Chris, Dennis, Mandy, Steve (Kristie), Amy, Brian (Kelly), Corey (Ronda), Nathan, Robbie, Randy, Joel and Cameron; great-grandchildren, Morgan, Ashlynn, Colton, Ashley, Jacob, Kaitlyn, Isaiah, Faith, JT, Kynzley, Nic, Jill, Devon, Brice and Audrey; a sister, Bonnie; many nieces and nephews and her devoted care giver, Vickie Leeder.

She was preceded in death by her parents Ezra and Edna O’Connor; sister, Lorraine Miller; and two brothers, Jim and Sonny O’Connor.

Per her wishes she will be cremated at The Columbus Crematory. A memorial gathering will held from 1 until 4 p.m. on Saturday, November 16, 2013 at the Clarion Hotel Banquet Room on Jonathan Moore Pike with Pastor Todd Riordan presiding over the celebration of Elsie’s life. Inurnment will follow the gathering in Garland Brook Cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted to Hathaway-Myers Chapel. Memorial contributions in her honor may be made to Premier Hospice or the Glenn Black Laboratory of Archaeology at Indiana University, Bloomington. Online condolences to the family may be submitted at www.hathaway-myers.com.

Services

  • Memorial Gathering Saturday, November 16, 2013
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Carolyn Shinabarger

November 12, 2013

Great Aunt Elsie, You were well spoken of and loved from afar in the sharing of warm childhood memories. Your pride of self, strong work ethics, love and service to God, Country and Family were not forgotten but shared with the next generation. Always a regret that in my travels we never got to meet. With love and prayers for immediate family and friends to be strong during this time of loss. Rest in peace.

Denise Wilkins (McGovern)

November 12, 2013

When I was a little girl my mom used to talk about Aunt Elsie all the time... sorry we never met... Shawnee O'Connor's oldest daughter..

Kelly Mcgovern/Mogren

November 12, 2013

Elsie,you were my Great Aunt,and although i do not believe i ever met you,i know i will someday in heaven,God bless love Kelly

Noel Justice

November 12, 2013

So sorry to hear of Elsie's passing. She was an inspiration for all who knew her. Elsie drove to the Glenn Black Laboratory of Archaeology at Indiana University every day for many years as a Prehistory Research Associate. Her experience and background made her an important member of the laboratory where she cared for archaeological specimens, recorded important data, and was responsible for carrying out many critical curation tasks. Elsie spent many tedious hours measuring irreplaceable stone tool collections on loan from institutions spread all over the western United States. Her measurement data of projectile point specimens now complements several professional archaeological publications.

Elsie Fox had more wide-ranging field experience than many professional archaeologists. She participated in site research under strenuous field conditions working at remote archaeological sites scattered over the deserts of California, Arizona, Nevada and New Mexico and along the South Carolina coast. Elsie was truly a respected member of many academic field teams as well as the Glenn A.Black Laboratory of Archaeology.

Elsie will be sorely missed and happily remembered by archaeologists at institutions spread across the country. Noel D. Justice

Andrea Cross

November 7, 2013

Elsie was such a great friend to my mother, Velma Spain, of Greenfield, MO. They spent many hours together doing genealogy work and visiting cemeteries, etc. I often sat for hours just listening to her share her stories of her life experiences. She will be greatly missed.

Betty McIntosh

November 5, 2013

Elsie, you and I will no longer travel together as you have left us and I will always be thinking of you as one who could do the most, Susan, I know she regarded you as someone really special. She had so many grand children abd gtrat-grand children to really care for her. God speed until we meet again. Betty McIntosh

Kathy Babin

November 3, 2013

So sorry to hear about your loss. She was a wonderful person. She introduced me to the O'Connor side of the family. I had limited knowledge of the O'Connor history and it was so much fun to hear all of the stories from Elsie. She is in my prayers and thoughts. Kathy Babin

Deborah Schildberg

November 3, 2013

Susan and family, I am so sorry to Hear about your loss. Elsie was such an wonderful women and she will be truly missed. Prayers are with all of you

Deborah Schildberg

November 3, 2013

Susan and family, I am so sorry to Hear about your loss. Elsie was such an wonderful women and she will be truly missed. Prayers are with all of you

Susan Fox

November 3, 2013

I miss you already, Momma, and you know how much I love you - oodles, loads, bunches and gobs, forever and ever and ever and ever and always!