Liselotte "Lottie" Cox, 77 of Hanahan, South Carolina, passed away on Wednesday, June 7, 2023. She was born on November 12, 1945, in Olsdorf, Germany and was the youngest daughter of Peter and Maria (Spartz) Newen. She grew up in Germany and moved to the US in 1967.
Over the years she worked in restaurants and retail. An excellent work ethic and service to others were attributes she was recognized for in her work and gave her a great deal of satisfaction. The Whipper Barony subdivision in North Charleston was her home for over 40 years. She enjoyed working in the garden and sharing the vegetables that she grew. She inherited her green thumb from her mother who grew beautiful gardens that supplied fruits and vegetables year round. As many of her neighbors grew older and required assistance, she was happy to lend a hand by bringing home cooked meals and helping around their homes and yards. She moved to Hanahan in 2018 with her daughter and formed new friendships there. The kindness and generosity of her neighbors and the relationships they formed were life changing for her. She also got great joy in watching the natural world around her from turtles and wading birds, to nesting geese with precious goslings in the yard. While in Hanahan, she enjoyed spending time at the North Charleston Senior Center. It was a happy place for her. For the past 16 years, she was an active member of Divine Redeemer Catholic Church in Hanahan. She was active in the women's club for a time and also spent some time volunteering at the Dream Center for Seacoast Church.
No description of Lottie would be complete without a funny story, and she had so many about her transition to life in America. The best one ever is when a watermelon was placed on the porch by her husband. She had never seen a watermelon and thought it was like an eggplant, something to be baked. Wanting to be ready with dinner, she decided to bake it! Well, that did not end well. In case you are wondering, watermelons placed in the oven make an enormous mess! And there was the time her husband tried to teach her to drive. She ran off the road to avoid a cow and hit a house instead. The house and cow were fine, but I think that was the end of the road for her driving!
Liselotte is preceded in death by her parents Peter and Maria Newen, husband Jack Cox, infant daughter Angela Cox, and siblings Hidlegard, Renate, Dina, and Marga, Johann. She is also preceded in death by a great number of furbabies who have patiently awaited her arrival across the rainbow bridge including Diamond, Peggy Sue, Oscar, Weasel, Snuggles, Barney, Mickey, and Bubby.
Liselotte is survived by daughters Astrid Sahr (Tulsa Oklahoma), Barbara Alexander (Don) (Hanahan), grandchildren Alex Sahr (Des Moines, Iowa) and Abby Alexander (Asheville, NC), siblings Anne (Spokane, Washington) Adolf, Maria, Helga (Germany) and many nieces and nephews.
The family wishes to acknowledge with heartfelt gratitude those who have befriended Lottie and helped her along the way as well as those who have helped the family through her prolonged illness. This includes Roper Northwoods Emergency Department, Roper Hospital OR/ICU, Cardiac Step Down, Dr. Thomas Appleby, Roper Rehabilitation Hospital, The Village at Summerville, Dr. Russ Blackwelder, Mrs. Hope Shepherd, Facility Director (Tiffany) and DON (Stacy) and the entire staff of Terra Bella Summerville. Our greatest thanks to Crescent Hospice Nurse Pam Quinley, whose worth is greater than gold. She was an angel to Lottie and her daughter and her contribution will never be forgotten. Finally, we wish to acknowledge special friends Melinda Wagonner and Susan Dantzler who were so steadfast in their care for Lottie and her family. Their care and attention was more than anyone could ever have expected. The same can be said of Peter and Donna Hendriks, Sherry Thompson, Don and Pat Alexander, and Tom and Joan Hilton. This village has been so very helpful over these many months.
A funeral mass will be held on Thursday, June 22 at 11am at Divine Redeemer Catholic Church in Hanahan. Interment of ashes will take place at a later date at the burial plot with her late husband in Heavener, Oklahoma. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Charleston Animal Society or any animal shelter/rescue of your choice.
Cremation and funeral arrangements have been entrusted to McAlister-Smith Funeral and Cremation, 869 St James Ave, Goose Creek, SC 29445, 843-553-1511.
Expressions of sympathy may be viewed or submitted online at mcalister-smith.com/