1924 ~ 2016 Woodruff, UT -Helen Mary Putnam Cox, age 92, passed away Oct. 11, 2016 at the home of her daughter, Laura (John) Groll in West Valley City, Utah. She was born Jan. 20, 1924 in Salt Lake City, Utah to Clarke William and Emily Pearl Love Putnam. She was the 5th child in a family of 8. She grew up in the Rose Park area of Salt Lake City. She graduated from West High School and worked at various jobs, her favorite, at the retail clothier, Z.C.M.I. She married William Emerson Cox on June 1, 1944 in the Salt Lake Temple. After she married , she and her Bishop husband settled in Woodruff, where she became a wonderful homemaker and mother of 6 children. She worked alongside her husband helping at the family ranch and driving the mail route. In the late '40's and early '50's she worked for the Air Defense, identifying planes and reporting them to Ogden as they flew over Woodruff. With her beautiful singing voice, she sang in the ward choir and with The Singing Mothers group. She served in all the ward organizations and also served on the Primary and Stake Relief Society boards. She especially loved little children and her calling as Jr. Sunday School Coordinator. She worked as a den mother and PTA president. In April of 1981 she and Emerson were called to the Tampa Florida Mission. They were assigned to the Visitors Center at the Deseret Ranches. She was a loving and kind person. She was charitable to all and especially her children and grandchildren. She is survived by her children, Laura (John) Groll of West Valley City; Joy (Guy) Wymore of Tooele; Patricia (Bill) Bellamy of Centerville; Janice (Larry) Tomkinson of Provo; Beverly (Sam) Smith of Elk Grove, California; Bill (Cay) Cox of Woodruff, 29 grandchildren, 62 great grandchildren and 1 g-g-grandchild. Surviving is also a sister-in-law, Adele(Dave) Putnam, Salt Lake City. Preceded in death by her husband Emerson, parents and siblings, Margie, Zella, Bill, Fern, Dave, Arvilla and Valois. Thanks goes to IHC hospice workers who lovingly helped with her care. Funeral services will be held, Monday, October 17, 2016 at 12 noon at the Woodruff Ward Chapel. A viewing will be held on Sunday, October 16, 2016 from 6-8 p.m. at the Woodruff Ward and from 10:00-11:30 a.m. prior to the funeral on Monday. Interment, Woodruff Cemetery.
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