By Laurie Stone
Belle McCall Cox was a woman known for her style, grace class and humor. She touched the lives of many by conveying the importance of family unity and treating others as she wanted to be treated.
Family members said she lived for the game of bridge, teaching most of her grandchildren to play.
“We used to tease her saying, ‘The only reason she had two children was to have enough players, husband included, for a game of bridge,’” said Vicki Barnard, Cox’s daughter. Cox enjoyed taking walks, cooking, reading and laughing with family members.
Her sister, Bette Ainsworth, said, “She was one of a kind — she stood out in whatever she did.”
Barnard said her mother had an erect 5-foot-7 stature and carried herself well and wore it just as effectively.
“She would tell us, ‘You don’t have to be pretty, but you must be well groomed’ which is what she was.” said Barnard.
Cox died at the age of 85 on Sept. 11, 2004.
She was born on Sept. 6, 1919, in Portales, to Lena Carroll and Hiran Alexander McCall.
She grew up in Portales and graduated from the Portales High School in 1936. She married Weldon J. “Coxy” Cox on Jan. 2, 1941, in Portales, but spent her married life in Lovington until moving to Elida in 1958.
In 1960, she moved to Portales while her daughter, Vicki Barnard, attended college. She began working for Eastern New Mexico University as an assistant purchasing agent where she later retiring, in 1985.