Jan 2, 1914 - March 31, 2010
Helen Knox's mortal journey through life ended on March 31, 2010, at the age of 96, at the Odd Fellows Home. At her request, there will be no funeral service.
There will be a graveside service on Tuesday, April 6, 2010 at 2 p.m. at Mountain View Cemetery in the Elk's Rest section. Memorial contributions may be made to Sunshine Club or Tall Elks through Herring Groseclose Funeral Home. Visitation can be made on Monday, April 5, 2010, from10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Helen was born on Jan. 2, 1914, to Elmer and Eva Jones, in Prosser. She was the youngest daughter of 5 children. She completed school in Prosser. It wasn't long after that, that she met and married her husband of over 50 years, J. Will Knox, on Jan. 4, 1933.
Soon after the arrival of their son, Dean, the couple moved to Walla Walla where they lived until relocation to Tacoma during World War II. She was an original "Rosie the Riveter" at the Mt. Rainier Army Ordinance Depot, with a specialty in re-boring truck engines. After the war, they moved back to Walla Walla and she began her career in food service. Helen worked in various restaurants, including The Canteen at the VA, Porter's, McGee's and the original Elks Lodge on Alder. When fire caused the Elks to relocate, Helen moved right along with them, eventually working her way up to Head Waitress. She was known widely for her fabulous pies. Customers would start their orders asking what kind she had made that day. When it was time to give that up, she moved right into the duties of the cloak room, where she worked for tips. It was not widely known, but every year, the first $100 went to the Tall Elks to help children in need. In 1994, she finally retired for good and two days later, celebrated her 90th birthday. At a birthday/retirement party, attended by over 100 family and friends, she was honored by the Elks Club for her many years of superior service.
Helen enjoyed a variety of activities in her life. She loved to travel, often to see her son where he was currently stationed for the Army. From Hawaii to Alaska, New Zealand to Europe, and most of these Unites States, she enjoyed the experience and the chance to see it all. Helen loved to work with her flowers, she loved to read, she loved to dance and she loved to fish, but most of all, she loved spending time with her family.
In 2005, Helen moved to the Odd Fellows Assisted Living. Although giving up the independence she had maintained throughout her life was difficult, she enjoyed the socialization of meal time, the dime bingo and opportunity to re-unite with long time friends who were also residents. She found ever so present helping hands, peace and security and looked forward to the next Sunday when she would spend the day with her grand-daughter, in her home.
Helen was a member of the Sunshine Club, the Eagles Auxiliary (life member and past president) and the Elks Club, Tall Elks (Diamond Member), Rebecca Lodge and the Odd Fellows.
She is survived by her son, Dean and Elaine Knox of Kenai, AK; granddaughter, Kim and Bob Croft of Walla Walla; grandson, Kevin and Cindy Knox of San Jose, Calif; 4 great-grandchildren; and 3 great-great grandchildren; nieces and nephews and numerous others whom she considered family. Also survived by one sister, Violet Schaper who will turn 99 in May. She is preceded in death by her husband, J. Will Knox; 1 brother, LaVerne Jones; 2 sisters, Desie King and Opal Osborne.