Mary "Betty" Fox, 86, of Oelwein passed away on Wednesday May 29, 2013 at Oelwein Health Care Center. Visitation will be 4-7PM on Sunday June 2, 2013 at Geilenfeld Funeral Home where there will be a Rosary at 4:00pm and a scripture service at 7:00pm. There will also be visitation from 10-11AM on Monday, prior to services. Services will be Monday, June 3, 2013 at 11:00 am at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Fayette, Iowa.
Mary “Betty” Elizabeth Fox was born November 9, 1926 on the family farm in Delaware County, Iowa, the daughter of John and Sadie (Burke) Woods. She grew up in the area and graduated from Randalia High School in 1945. On November 29, 1945 she was united in marriage to Sheldon Fox at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Fayette, Iowa. Betty helped Sheldon with the farming as well as raising their five daughters. In her spare time she enjoyed gardening, cooking, fishing, playing cards but most of all she enjoyed her family.
Betty leaves behind her husband, Sheldon, her four daughters, Pat (Veryl) Burghardt of Sumner, Peg (Keith) Schlatter of Hawkeye, Becky Fox of Cedar Rapids and Bobbie Fox of Cedar Falls; son-in-law Jim (Cindy) Nefzger of Lansing, Iowa; ; ; ten grandchildren: Jennifer (Gene) Gleason, Aaron (Liza) Burghardt, Neal Burghardt, Katy Burghardt, Angie (Jeremy) Hundley, Heidi (Neil) Wilkinson, Derek (Amy) smith, Shelby Rieks, Garrett Rieks and Kinsey Keding; seven great grandchildren (and one on the way very shortly): Brendan and Sean Gleason, Rylee and Drew Hundley, Maeley and Nile Smith, and Tate Wilkinson; a sister, Margaret Henry of Fayette; three brothers, Tom Woods of Oelwein, Jim Woods of Cedar Rapids and Leo Woods of Dyersville plus many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her daughter, Debra Nefzger; a great granddaughter Sadie Smith; two brothers, Don and Paul Woods; and her parents, John and Sadie.
A memorial fund has been established in Betty's name.