Helen Alexa Roy, February 28, 1928~August 1, 2014
Helen Alexa Roy, 86, a long- time resident of Eureka Springs was born Feb. 28, 1928 in Evanston, Illinois, daughter of Theodore and Phyllis Koclannes. She departed this life on August 1, 2014 at Brighton Ridge, with friends by her side. “Alexa” as she was known to most of us here in the Ozarks had the kind of life that only the dreamers and the adventurous dare to have. In her book, “Wonderful Light-Memories of an American Buddhist Nun” she deliberately uses a quote from Helen Keller, which states that “life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all”, and that’s just how Alexa handled life.An extensive world traveler at a very early age, she was ordained a Buddhist nun 1963. Calling Eureka Springs her “anchor point” she would travel the world and had a yearning for Sri Lanka, where she spent much of her time. Alexa was preceded in death by her parents and leaves a son, Chad Roy of Branford, CT. and a daughter, Sheffali Sauls of Goldsboro, N.C. A Celebration of Life was held on Friday, August 22, 2014 in Eureka Springs.
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