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Harriet Lucille Cox


1938 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
Harriet Lucille Cox Obituary
Harriet Lucille (Longenbaugh) Cox, age 80 of North Logan, passed away unexpectedly on June 15, 2018 in Logan, Utah. Born on June 8, 1938 in Durango, Colorado, Harriet is predeceased by her parents Frances M. and Harry L. Longenbaugh and her husband Ernest "Hoot" E. Cox. She is survived by her brother Robert L. Longenbaugh (and his wife Lale), daughter Diana L. Cox-Foster, son Steven E. Cox, and her granddaughter Stephanie M. Jensen (with her husband Derek), whom she adopted and raised. Also surviving are her granddaughter Alexandria L. Foster and great-granddaughter Cheyenne Rose Jensen.

As a child, Harriet spent most of her life on the family farm in Arriola, Colorado, which her parents homesteaded. Having many adventures with her cousins, she grew up next to her grandparents Walter and Edna Longenbaugh. As a kid, she and her brother rode horses to the Arriola school. Harriet attended and graduated from Cortez High School and attended the University of Denver. Later in life, she returned to college and received a degree from Weld County Community College, in Greeley, Colorado.

Early in adulthood, Harriet enjoyed working as a secretary for the Ute Mountain Tribe in Towaoc, Colorado. After marriage to Ernest Cox, she was a homemaker and active farmer. Given his job as a truckdriver, they lived in Utah, New Mexico, and Colorado. Harriet did much of the care of livestock and haying on their farms in Mosca and then in Kersey, Colorado. She also worked as a secretary for Easton Aviation in Colorado. In 2000, they moved to Port Matilda, Pennsylvania to be near daughter Diana. Besides being a farmer, Harriet enjoyed fishing, hunting, sewing, and gardening. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, the Martha Methodist Church, the Port Matilda Grange, and the Center County Quilt Guild in Pennsylvania. Late in life, she loved wood working and cabinetry, building her own kitchen cabinets and furniture. She also created beautiful quilts, using machine embroidery and applique.

Harriet also enjoyed being an active part of her children's lives, serving as 4H leader not only in cooking, sewing, livestock and poultry, but also in Entomology. She was a leader in Boy and Girl Scouts. Harriet shared with her children her love of reading and of nature. She encouraged them to follow their passions, even the unconventional ones.

Harriet was a pillar of strength, helping her husband Hoot recover from a major truck accident with traumatic head-injury in 1980. She enabled him to recover to be able to help farm, weave rugs, and leather crafting. Harriet also aided greatly her daughter and granddaughter following a major disabling stroke of her husband Michael Foster. Harriet was quite generous with her time and talents, helping others in her community.

In 2015, Harriet moved to North Logan, Utah, to be near her daughter. Harriet enjoyed her friends at Pioneer Village and Maple Springs and remained active quilting and reading books.

On August 18 at 10 am, a graveside memorial given by Pastor Jean Schwein of the Cortez Methodist Church will be held to inter her ashes, next to her husband at the Arriola Cemetery, Colorado. Following the service, a luncheon and gathering will be held at the Cortez Methodist Church. All are welcome to come pay their respects and gather with the Cox, Longenbaugh, Greenlee, and Dillon Families.

Arrangements are being made through Ertel Funeral Home. To send condolences or to view the full obituary, log on to www.ertelfuneralhome.com and click on the obituary section.
Published in The Journal on Aug. 14, 2018
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