Aurelia Aileen Bell was born on March 21st, 1929, to Lola “Newsome” Bell and George Bell in St. Louis Missouri. She was the third child of six children: Nathaniel Boyd (“Mickey”), Udell Bell, Everett Bell (“Corky”), Sharon Taylor, and Linda Lee-McGee. Aurelia was very close to her siblings and often encountered altercations with others in order to protect her brothers and sisters.
Aurelia attended Sumner High School in St. Louis, Missouri and graduated in June, 1946 at the age of 16. Sumner High School is where she met the love of her life, Nathan Cox. Who would have imagined their relationship would prevail over six decades!
Following high school, Aurelia attended Harris Stowe Teacher’s College; she originally wanted to be an educator. Aurelia married Nathan Cox November 30th, 1949. Nathan and Aurelia moved from St. Louis to Los Angeles in the early 1950s. Unto this union 2 children were born, Cynthia Ann Cox and Nathan J. Cox III. Aurelia was very devoted to her children and remained home for a few years.
Aurelia began her career with the Federal Government as a Loan Processor in 1956 and worked for the V.A. until 1986. Aurelia received many certificates of merit and accomplishments during her 30 years of service.
Aurelia was a devout Catholic and served many positions within Holy Spirit Parish for over 50 years. Eucharistic Minister, an enrolled member of the Claretian Perpetual Mass League, St. Mary Magdalene/Holy Spirit School Parents Guild and she participated in many parish and school activities. Aurelia was also an active member of the Senior Group at Holy Spirit Parish.
In 1987, Aurelia received a certification for participation in a Senior Leadership Workshop that was sponsored by the Congress of California Seniors of Los Angeles County. Aurelia also participated as a charter member of the Village Green 50+ Club from 2000-2008. In 2009, she received an Honorary Citizenship from Boys Town. On November 23rd, 1994, Aurelia received a certificate of recognition for her dedication and hard work. The dedication is as follows:
“Mrs. Aurelia Cox I have had the absolute pleasure in working with you for 1 year, 7 months and 11 days. A fabulous person, friend, and “mother”. No one can replace her at work, at home, or in life. You will be missed dearly, yet will remain in my heart forever.”
After retirement from the Federal Government in 1986, Aurelia worked as a part time bookkeeper for Hansen Cakes in Los Angeles, CA for several years.
Aurelia enjoyed taking care of her grandchildren: Ronnie, Marcus, and Daniel. She was a very devoted grandmother; always looking out for “her boys.” Aurelia has 1 great-grandson whom she absolutely adored.
Aurelia is survived by her loving husband Nathan of 62 years; children, Cynthia Cox Little and Nathan J. Cox III; grandchildren: Ronald L. Little Jr., Marcus Little, and Daniel Cox; one great-grandson Ronald L. Little III “Tre”; two sisters, Sharon Taylor and Linda Lee McGee; and two brothers, Udell Bell and Everett Bell (“Corky”). One sibling preceded her in death, Nathanial Boyd. She is also survived by several nieces, nephews, cousins, and hundreds of dear friends.
August 06, 2013 • 10:00 A.M.
Fr. Aloysius Ezeonyeka