“I love doing community work,” she said. “I just like to do things for people.”
The Rotary Club of Vinings honored Cox June 23 with its 2014 Citizen of the Year award.
“This is an award we have given out since our Rotary was established in 1989,” said Debby Bolt, past president. “It’s an award that is our highest award that we give to a non-Rotarian. We select a volunteer within the community for their endeavors, [someone] who gives back and exemplifies our motto of Service Above Self.”
She said Cox was selected for being active in the community in multiple ways, many of which are done under the radar.
“I don’t think anyone really knows the extent of everything that she does,” Bolt said. “She doesn’t seek out recognition.”
Said Cox, “I don’t really want to take on much recognition for what I do. I just do it because it’s what I want to do.”
Among some of Cox’s notable contributions, Bolt said Cox took charge of maintaining the landscaped island in downtown Vinings by the Old Vinings Inn on Paces Mill Road.
“I have been taking care of it as well as planting flowers there since spring,” Cox said.
Bolt said, “She also volunteers at her church. She takes flowers to some of their shut-ins. In the past, she has tutored at Teasley Elementary School.”
Cox said helping children is her passion as well as doing volunteer work that involves flowers or animals. She retired from her job as a teacher’s assistant at the Lovett School in Buckhead in 2005.
“I wrote notes to all my students that graduated from Lovett this year,” Cox said. “That was the last class that I had taught at Lovett.”
She said she also does “small things” around town like taking food to neighbors and picking up trash.
“She’s always reaching out to people,” Bolt said. “She’s just always got a willing hand to help others. She just sees something that needs to be done and does it.”
Cox said she was “flabbergasted” to learn the club was honoring her as this year’s Citizen of the Year. A resident of Vinings for 43 years, she said she just loves her town and helping the people there who are like family to her.