Mary Helen Chance Cox was born on December 11, 1947 to parents, Eugene E. Chance and Camille N. Chance. She was the wife of Leo Thomas Cox III and sister of Carol Chance Fleury. Mary Helen attended St. Joseph and St. Julian Eymard elementary schools. Later, she attended and graduated from Martin Behrman High School. Mary Helen attended Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge; she later transferred to Southeastern Louisiana College, where Leo attended, as well. They married on January 20, 1968, at the Newman Center on campus.
As an elementary education major, Mary Helen taught kindergarten at Henderson and Eisenhower elementary schools on the Westbank.
Her interests included reading; watching movies; traveling; getting her hair done; and caring for dogs and cats, potted plants, and her fingernails. Her trips took her and Leo to the major cities in Europe. In addition, Mary Helen and Leo would design, make, and wear costumes for Halloween and Mardi Gras. Their artistic inclinations brought Leo and Mary Helen into the world of working as extras in commercials and films. Mary Helen actually starred in a commercial.
Her talents focused on cooking, baking and keeping Leo satisfied and happy. Mary Helen was known for desserts, especially fudge, brownies, and cakes. She was a self-taught cook and enjoyed eating in part due to her French culture. Mary Helen was an enthusiastic conversationalist; she loved talking on the phone for hours. As a good neighbor, Mary Helen would walk her neighbors’ dogs and care for the elderly. After retiring from teaching, she sold Mary Kay and Avon and befriended numerous neighbors. Due to her generous, giving nature, Mary Helen would give away as much as she sold.
The family members of Mary Helen Chance Cox extend gratitude and appreciation to family members, friends, and all well-wishers for their support at this difficult time. Relatives and Friends are invited to attend the Visitation at Mothe Funeral Home, 2100 Westbank Expy, Harvey, LA on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2022 from 1 PM until 4 PM. Interment private. Mary Helen was joyful in appreciating all living things. In lieu of flowers, her wish would be for people to donate to local animal shelters.