Tribute - Elsie Cox
Tribute - Elsie Cox
Major Elsie Patricia Cox was Promoted to Glory on 25 November 2020, aged 81. Elsie was born on 2 April 1939 and grew up in Wollongong (NSW) where she attended The Salvation Army at Woonona.
In 1958, from Woonona Corps, Elsie entered the Salvation Army Training College at Petersham in Sydney as a member of the Courageous session.
Elsie was very shy growing up and into her early years of officership, but gradually gained confidence to stand up for herself and particularly on behalf of those in her care. Elsie will be remembered for her love of children. She cared for many little ones who looked to her as the one they could trust and who loved them.
From college, Elsie was appointed to the Goulburn Boys Home (1959-62) with a short stint at Sydney Peoples Palace during 1959. From here she went to Bexley Boys’ Home before heading to Papua New Guinea as Matron of Koki Hostel and Welfare Centre. On her return to Australia, Elsie once again spent time at Bexley Boys’ Home before being appointed to Kalimna Vocational Centre for Girls (1967-70).
Further appointments included Carpenter Court, Narwee Family Group Home, Winderadeen House, Silver Crest Lodge, Glen Haven, Macquarie Lodge and Dulwich Hill Family Group Home. Elsie’s penultimate appointment was at Faith Cottage (1984-85) before finishing as Matron at La Perouse Women and Children’s Home (1985-87).
Elsie enjoyed crafts such as sewing, knitting, crochet, cross-stitch and tapestry; talents she used in her retirement to make the lives of others more comfortable and beautiful.
Major Elsie Patricia Cox was honourably retired from active service on the 1 August 1987 having completed 29 years of active service. Well done good and faithful servant.
Our love, sympathy and prayers are with friends honouring Elsie’s life.
So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. (Isaiah 41:10)
Elsie’s funeral was held on Wednesday 2 December 2020, conducted by Major Edith Cardell.