Volunteer Spirit: Cox hasn’t stopped giving of talents

Photo by Philip Case – Nadine Cox displays an “I Spy” Quilt she made that’s designed for children to help them point to objects and identify them.

By Philip Case

Contributing writer

Nadine Cox says she’s not volunteering as much as she used to, but that doesn’t mean she’s completely stopped giving of her time and talents.

Cox and her husband, Larry, recently “downsized” and moved from Frankfort to Shelbyville to be closer to their son, Wade, and his wife, Kelli.

“We’re still learning our way around and that is taking some time,” she said.

She’s currently active in the Kentucky Heritage Quilt Society, for which she serves as treasurer. Most of the quilts she makes are given away, she says.

“I’m involved in the Quilts for Kids program, where quilters make quilts for children that are hospitalized. We also make caps for premature babies.”

While Cox may be winding down a bit, such hasn’t always been the case. She worked as a computer programmer but said it bothered her that she didn’t have a college degree.

She went back to school and became a certified public accountant, later working for Charles T. Mitchell Co. Cox is now retired.

As it seems to be with many volunteers in and around Frankfort, she drew inspiration from the annual medical mission trip to Honduras.

“I’ve gone there twice to help out where I could, and twice I’ve gone to Guatemala to distribute textbooks. Honduras was a life-changing experience,” she said. “Going there made me realize how rich we are even if we don’t think so. People there have nothing, yet they smile all the time. It was an incredible experience.”

When the Coxes lived in Frankfort, they opened their homes to students coming from several Central American countries who were studying at Kentucky State University.

“The students lived in private homes for a year and then in apartments for a year. We keep in touch with many of them.”

Cox says learning new quilting techniques offers her a challenge and she likes challenges.

“Quilting helped me rediscover my artistic side. My mother sewed all the time and I found I like it, too,” she said.

More than just the personal satisfaction gained from learning and creating, Cox says she’s found quilters to be talented, giving and hardworking people.

“There’s satisfaction in quilting and giving the creations to someone who enjoys receiving them,” she said.

In addition to other items she’s quilted, she’s done placemats for friends and Christmas stockings filled with goodies for seniors and the needy.

Cox may not be as busy as she once was, but she hasn’t given up sharing her talents with others.

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