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Elsie Pauline O’Connor Fox, 91, Columbus

Elsie Pauline O’Connor Fox, 91, joined her heavenly family at 12:40 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013, at Keepsake Village of Columbus.

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, Okla., March 23, 1922, and was raised in Wichita, Kansas and Greenfield, Mo. She graduated from Wichita State University in 1944 with a bachelor's 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 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 U.C. 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, J.T., 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 conducted from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, at the Clarion Hotel banquet room on Jonathan Moore Pike, Columbus, 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 can be made to Premier Hospice or the Glenn Black Laboratory of Archaeology at Indiana University, Bloomington.

Online condolences to the family can be submitted at hathaway-myers.com.

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  • August 30
    Golf scramble to benefit BCHS athletics set
    1 p.m. Salt Creek Golf Retreat, 2359 State Road 46 East
  • August 30
    Mission trip presentation at Fruitdale church
    2 p.m. Midway Church,
  • September 1
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • September 1
    Open 12-step meeting in New Bellsville area
    8 p.m. Harmony Baptist Church, 3999 Mt. Liberty Road, New Bellesville
  • September 1
    Time for inner peace set at local church
    5:30 to 7 p.m. Parkview Church of the Nazarene, 1750 State Road 46 East
  • September 2
    Woodworkers Club
    7 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • September 3
    WRAPS
    7 to 9 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • September 3
    Brown County Schools Board of Trustees
    6:30 p.m. BC Intermediate School, 260 Schoolhouse Lane
  • September 3
    Future of rural places subject of talk
    5:30 p.m. Brown County Inn, 51 State Road 46 East
  • September 4
    Farmers market in Bean Blossom
    4 to 7 p.m. St. David's Episcopal Church, 11 State Road 45 at 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • September 4
    Bingo
    6 p.m. Fruitdale Fire Station, 5200 State Road 135 North, Bean Blossom
  • September 5
    Euchre
    6 p.m. Sycamore Valley Center, 746 Memorial Drive (fairgrounds)
  • September 5
    BCHS class of 2005 reunion slated
    3 to 6 p.m., 8 p.m. Deer Run Park; Salt Creek Golf Retreat, 2359 State Road 46 East
  • September 6
    Read to dogs at the library
    2 to 3:30 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • September 8
    Open 12-step meeting in New Bellsville area
    8 p.m. Harmony Baptist Church, 3999 Mt. Liberty Road, New Bellesville
  • September 8
    Peaceful Valley Heritage meeting
    6:30 p.m. BCCF, 209 S. Van Buren St.
  • September 8
    Retired teachers
    noon Hotel Nashville, 245 N. Jefferson St.
  • September 9
    Nashville Town Council
    6 p.m. Town Hall, 200 Commercial St.
  • September 12
    Free community breakfast at Sprunica church
    8 to 10 a.m. Sprunica Baptist Church, 3902 Sprunica Road
  • September 12
    Bible camp planned
    8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, 5802 Old Settlers Road behind Brownie's restaurant
  • September 17
    WRAPS
    7 to 9 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • September 18
    BucCornEar Festival fundraiser returns
    4 to 8 p.m. JTFD, 4831 Helmsburg Road, Helmsburg
  • September 18
    'A Miracle for You' services with evangelist Jerry Holland
    7:30 p.m. The Pentecostals
  • September 19
    BucCornEar Festival fundraiser returns
    8 a.m. to 8 p.m. JTFD, 4831 Helmsburg Road, Helmsburg
  • September 19
    'A Miracle for You' services with evangelist Jerry Holland
    6 p.m. The Pentecostals
  • September 20
    'A Miracle for You' services with evangelist Jerry Holland
    2 p.m. The Pentecostals
  • September 28
    American history DVD to play at library
    1 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane
  • October 4
    Read to a dog at the library
    2 to 3:30 p.m. Library, 205 N. Locust Lane