Obituaries

Mary Elizabeth Fox

April 27, 1930 - September 12, 2020

Mary  Elizabeth  Fox

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Mary Elizabeth Wilcox Fox, 90, passed away at her home surrounded by her loving family on September 12, 2020.  Mary was born on April 27, 1930 to Mary and Clarence Wilcox.  She was the eighth of 10 children.  Mary married her sweetheart, Dale Fox on November 7, 1954.

A lifelong member of the United Methodist Church and graduate of Marengo High School, Mary participated in school musicals, church and community choral groups. She took voice lessons and was a popular soloist for weddings and other celebrations. A hard worker all her life, she retired from GT&E in 1984.

Proud of her family, siblings and in-laws, Mary was a wonderful mother to her three children.  Each benefitted from her drive to see them complete a college degree.  Mary was known for her creativity, skill and excellence as a musician, vocalist, baker, cook and quilter. Many souls are warmed by her beautiful quilts. She had a gift for taking small everyday things and piecing them together to create beauty, love and warmth.

Mary is survived by her dear husband of almost 66 Years, Dale Fox; children, Pat (Tony) Fabrisi, Nancy (Jon) Fox Whitlock and Terry (Katy) Fox; grandchildren, David (Lara) Fabrisi, Stephen (Leigha) Fabrisi and Kylie Fox as well as many beloved nieces, nephews and friends.

Predeceased by parents, Clarence and Mary Wilcox; siblings, Dave (Margaret) Wilcox, Mike (Louise) Wilcox, Elwood (Mary) Wilcox, Dorothy (Pete) Peters, Al (Chris) Wilcox, Mart (Bonnie) Wilcox, Betty (Erv) Steffen, Walt (Rose) Wilcox and Nancy (Ray) Moore.

Mary was proud of her Wilcox family and was a great wife, mother, grandmother and aunt who is much loved.

Many thanks are due to Dr. Clayton Malaker for providing outstanding care, kindness and compassion.  Additional thanks to Northern Illinois Hospice for their expert support. 

The memorial service will be at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services, 218 W. Hurlbut Ave., Belvidere, IL, 61008 with Rev. Jim Bell officiating. The visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. till 1:45 p.m. prior to service.  In accordance with state guidelines, only 50 people will be allowed in the funeral home during the visitation and memorial service, face masks are required. Cremation rites have been accorded. To view a live stream of the service please visit Mary’s obituary page at www.AndersonFCS.com

In lieu of flowers, honor Mary’s love of music through a donation to your favorite music organization or music education program. To light a candle or share a condolence please visit www.AndersonFCS.com

Service Schedule

Wednesday, September 16, 2020
1:00 pm - 1:45 pm

Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services

218 West Hurlbut Ave
Belvidere, IL 61008

815-544-2616

The memorial service will be at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services, 218 W. Hurlbut Ave., Belvidere, IL, 61008 with Rev. Jim Bell officiating. The visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. till 1:45 p.m. prior to service.  In accordance with state guidelines, only 50 people will be allowed in the funeral home during the visitation and memorial service, face masks are required.

Wednesday, September 16, 2020
2:00 pm

Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services

218 West Hurlbut Ave
Belvidere, IL 61008

815-544-2616

The memorial service will be at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services, 218 W. Hurlbut Ave., Belvidere, IL, 61008 with Rev. Jim Bell officiating. In accordance with state guidelines, only 50 people will be allowed in the funeral home during the visitation and memorial service, face masks are required.

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Our condolences to Dale and family, so glad we were able to meet Mary, a grand woman. Don and Marie Nemerov

Don Nemerov 2020-09-24T20:49:31

We were so sorry to hear of Aunt Mary’s passing. She was a special lady, good cook, talented singer and the best quilter. We will miss her very much. Love and deepest sympathies to Uncle Dale and family.

John and Therese Wilcox 2020-09-24T20:40:25

Dale, I’m so very sorry to hear of the death of your special wife, Mary. I had the pleasure of working with her for several years as a Service Representative at Verizon and it was always a pleasure purchasing the delicious strawberry shortcake when you and Mary worked at the Kiwanis food stand at the Boone County Fair. I’ve always loved both you and Mary from the day we met. Please accept my sincere condolences to you and your family.

Sharon West 2020-09-24T11:40:33

So surprised and saddened to hear of Mary’s passing, but she will live on in our hearts forever. Though she was small in stature, she had a large presence and personality that will always be remembered. Wish I could be there to help you through this difficult time. Barb

Barbara Kolthoff 2020-09-18T08:41:29

We are so sorry about your Mom’s passing.

Chuck & Charlene McCollum 2020-09-16T21:22:02

Dear Dale and Family,
We watched the live-stream of Mary’s memorial service. What a wonderful celebration of her life. We pray that you keep the peace in your soul that only our Lord provides. She will be greatly missed.

Mark and Nancy Petersen 2020-09-16T15:23:00

Since I couldn’t be there in person for the memorial service, I’m so grateful to have been able to see it live streamed. It was a wonderful service. Aunt Mary did a great job planning it. The music was uplifting and so meaningful. I will continue holding Uncle Dale and his family in my heart and in my prayers. Love and hugs to all of you.

Grace Ann Switzer 2020-09-16T14:54:43

I am sorry for the loss of your mother. Very beautiful service. Terry sending prayers and peace to you and your family.

Sheree Click 2020-09-16T14:50:08

So very sorry for your loss. We shared many happy occasions with you over the years! God Bless her joyful spirit !!!!

Rosemary and Bill Holtz 2020-09-16T14:42:11

Beautiful service and sure wish I could have been there with you but so thankful for technology. Love and prayers for all .

Carol Beach 2020-09-16T14:41:21

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