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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Mr. Fox, Nancy, Pat and Terry, I have wonderful memories of your family from my youth. Your mother was so kind and welcoming to me. Although I moved away, I do regularly drive through Belvidere past all of the homes that were part of a wonderful upbringing and recall all of the people that were a part of my early life. Your mother was so kind. I am sorry that she is not with you anymore but I’m sure her influence and love remains with each of you always. Mr. Fox, I always loved when you would visit with the 6 Kaas kids when you delivered our mail. Thank you for your many kindnesses.

Cindy Kaas-Rice 2022-08-17T06:47:42

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

Beautiful service. My deepest sympathies to the family. Terry, I will be thinking of you, Katy, and Kylie and will keep you in my prayers.

Patti Decker 2020-09-16T14:36:52

Aunt Mary was a loving, caring person. Our family so enjoyed both Aunt Mary and Uncle Dale’s coming to the High School to watch Kathy’s grandchildren perform in the CAST plays with us. We could always count on seeing their smiling faces at the annual Wilcox Family Reunion also. Love you Uncle Dale.
Shirley and Murph

Lucille & Shirley Wilcox 2020-09-16T12:33:04

Aunt Mary was an amazing person, she and Uncle Dale showed us every day about love and commitment. Two years ago they walked into mom’s hospital room holding hands … We have all been blessed by knowing Aunt Mary. Uncle Dale we love you more than words
Dan and Patty

Dan Moore 2020-09-16T11:50:46

Thinking of all of you at this time. I loved visiting Dale and Mary whenever I was in town. Dale I’m sending you a big hug from afar. Just know I’m holding you close in my heart. ❤️

Denise A. Lorenz 2020-09-15T21:23:43

I worked with MARY when i was with GTE .Mary was a very nice person and very easy to talk with and I left GTE in 1984 .I’m sorry for the family’s loss .R.I.P. MARY .

RONALD COULMAN 2020-09-15T21:20:10

Dale & Family,

I worked with Mary for many years at GTE, and always found her to be a lovely woman to work with. I know how much her family meant to her, and how proud she was of all of you. I know she was an excellent baker, as she made some tasty desserts for our pot lucks at work. She even shared her recipe for Pecan Party Cake with me, which I still have in her writing. My sincere condolences to you all during this difficult time. R.I.P. Mary.

Paulette Bryan

Paulette Bryan 2020-09-15T12:54:11

Our deepest condolences to you, Uncle Dale, and to all the family. Aunt Mary will be greatly missed. It was wonderful she had the opportunity to celebrate her birthday with some family and friends. You two have done so much for the Peter’s family over the years and it was much appreciated. We send our love.
Craig and Martha

Craig and Martha Peters 2020-09-15T11:30:56

Dale, sorry for your loss. Will say a prayer for you both. There is no time line for grieving, take all you need.

jake henry 2020-09-15T09:11:01

Dear Dale , We were so sorry to hear of Mary’s passing . What a beautiful soul she was ! I had the pleasure to work with Mary for 10 years at GTE and had a very warm friendship with her . I called her foxy and it made her smile . She in turn called me foxy back instead of Roxy . Mary was a bright shining star with so much compassion for all around her . I know how inseparable you two were and what a beautiful marriage you had . I can’t imagine the loneliness you feel in her absence. I pray all your memories of Mary and your life together will give you comfort . All our sympathies to you and all your family . RIP beautiful lady … sincerely Rich and Roxanne Marshallsay

Rich and Roxanne Marshallsay 2020-09-15T09:08:06

Dear Dale and Family…….So very sorry to read about Mary. What a special lady she was. Keep your memories close till u meet again. With love and deepest sympathy. Kathy (Mavis) Mechler

Kathy (Mavis) Mechler 2020-09-15T08:28:07

Aunt Mary was very special to all of her nieces and nephews. We are sorry we can’t be with you Uncle Dale and family. Our-love and prayers are with all of you.

Carol & Jerry Beach 2020-09-14T20:31:30

We send our thoughts and prayers to Dale and all of the family. Mary was such a lovely, kind, gifted person. We take comfort in knowing that she is taking care of all of us from heaven.

Susan, Phil and John Calandra 2020-09-14T18:26:30

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