Phyllis Ann Fox

April 21, 1921 ‒ August 27, 2007

Marion, Mansfield, Ohio

Calling Hours: Thursday, September 20, 2-4 & 6-8 PM at Denzer-Farison-Hottinger & Snyder Funeral Home in Marion

Calling Hours: Friday, Septmber 21, 2-4 & 6-8 PM at Snyder Funeral Home, Lexington Avenue Chapel, Mansfield

Funeral Service: Saturday, September 22, 10:30 AM at Snyder Funeral Home, Lexington Avenue Chapel, Mansfield

MANSFIELD/MARION/AKRON: Philip Frederick Fox, 87, and Phyllis Ann Fox, 86, of Smeltzer Road, Marion, both recently died in Lexington Court Care Center.

She died Monday evening August 27, 2007, and he died Saturday afternoon September 8, 2007 both following short illnesses.

She was born April 21, 1921 in Akron to Clarence and Gertrude (Wise) Stahl.

Philip was born April 17, 1920 in Akron to Homer and Mabel (Terman) Fox, and was graduated from Bath High School. He attended Antioch College, and later Ohio Northern University, before he was drafted into the U.S. Army for service in WWII.

Following three and a half years of military service, he was honorably discharged at the rank of first Lieutenant as an Inspection and Surveillance Officer.

They were married on May 10, 1947 in Bath, Ohio.

They lived in the Akron area until 1958 when they moved to Marion, where Philip owned and operated Wright Transfer & Storage (an Allied Company), before moving to Pleasant Acres in 1983.

They were both members of Central Christian Church-Disciples of Christ, where Philip served as Sunday school teacher of the Chapel Class and sang in the church choir.

He was a member of Marion Kiwanis, and enjoyed playing golf, volleyball and ping pong .

A wonderful homemaker, Phyllis was active and involved as a room mother while her daughter was in school. A devoted and loving wife and mother, she took seriously those roles, adopting the classic 1950’s image maintaining a regular wash-day, ironing-day, cleaning-day routine and always having a good dinner on the table by 5 PM.

Described as outgoing and friendly, dependable and kind, Phyllis was not one to take credit for her good deeds, dismissing them as “that’s just what I should do.”

As an active member of Central Christian Church in Marion, Phyllis personified James 1:27; her pure and faultless motivation to care for shut-ins and the elderly gave a glimpse to her helpful heart. She was content to be busy within her sphere of influence, and minister to her friends and church family, all with a modest spirit.

Philip and Phyllis had a close circle of friends, many of them church family, with whom they enjoyed going on camping trips, but it was Philip who most looked forward to the trips to Pelee Island, to the family’s cottage, for fishing and swimming excursions.

Marion area residents most of their lives, they moved to Lexington in March.

They are survived by their daughter and son-in-law Sherry Ann and James Hofacre of Mansfield; granddaughter Joan Hofacre of Springfield; and a loving church family, plus many dear friends at Pleasant Acres.

Philip is survived by a sister-in-law Hilda Fox of South Bend, IN and a niece and nephews Christine Fiordalis of South Bend, IN, Robert Fox of Long Beach, CA and Richard Fox and his wife Jana of Asheville, NC; and a great nephew David Fiordalis and his wife Jill of Ann Arbor, MI.

Phyllis is also survived by her cousin Velna Boyer of Hartville.

She was preceded in death by her brother Richard Stahl, and Philip was preceded in death by his brother David Fox exactly six years earlier on Sept. 8, 2001.

The family will receive friends, Thursday, September 20, 2007 from 2-4 and 6-8 PM in Denzer-Farison-Hottinger & Snyder Funeral Home, 360 East Center Street, Marion, and on Friday, September 21, from 2-4 and 6-8 PM in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home, Mansfield. The double funeral service will be held Saturday at 10:30 AM in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home with the Rev. Michael Sinclair and Pastor Jack Sharp officiating. Burial will follow in Shauck Cemetery.

Memorial contributions to Central Christian Church, Marion or Lexington Presbyterian Church may be made at the funeral homes.

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