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Mary "Betty" Fox
November 9, 1926 - May 29, 2013

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.


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Roene on June 5, 2013 at 11:35 AM said:

Betty leaves a great legacy of caring love, joyful living and peace. She lived well and I pray for comfort for you, her beloved family. Much love, Roene
Dave ,Mary ,Jack, & Kirby Edaburn on June 2, 2013 at 4:33 PM said:

we are So going to miss you!!! You have a beautiful welcoming party to greet you!!!! Until we meet again!!!!! I love you!!!
Anonymous on June 2, 2013 at 3:11 PM said:

Sheldon & Family; So sorry to read about Betty. You in our thought and prayer. Hugs and prayers, Jim and Sandy Davis
Dorothy Dillon, Cedar Falls on June 2, 2013 at 9:34 AM said:

To Bobbie-- I am so sorry you have lost your mom, who meant so much to you. Moms are so very special. Peace be with you, your dad, and the family.
Dan and Laura Woods on June 2, 2013 at 9:29 AM said:

Our hearts are heavy for you and we send our love and prayers. Betty was such a lovely lady and that smile of hers, priceless. Her warmth and affection was always so evident and present---she was both a gem and a blessing to the family and will be missed.
Love, Dan, Laura, Meghan and Ryan
Sharon Henry Nau, Oregon on June 1, 2013 at 6:25 PM said:

I have such wonderful memories of Aunt Betty. She was such a warm loving person and made the best fried chicken on earth. When we would go back to Iowa to visit she would have us out to the farm for dinner (lunch), only it was a full feast and oh so good. And then we would play cards, some of the silliest card games ever. Laughing constantly thru the whole game. Oh, yes I will miss her so very much. Bob and I send our love to everyone and wish so very much we could be there with you. God Bless you all.
Kathy Connolly Sparks on June 1, 2013 at 5:43 PM said:

Dear Fox Family, I'm sure you do not remember me, because it has been many years since we've been together. I am Catherine (Woods) and Lloyd Connolly's daughter, originally from Cedar Rapids. Pat Paretta sent me news of your lose. Do know you are in my thoughts and prayers. When younger I remember Betty and how kind she was. I remember Aunt Sadie's 100 year birthday party and how wonderful it was to see her and all the Woods clan. Sending you my love. Kathy Connolly Sparksl. sparkie42@q.com
Marilyn (Shannon) Bennett on June 1, 2013 at 10:32 AM said:

My deepest sympathy to the Fox family. This is one of the most difficult things we face in life. Please know that others are thinking of you.
Tod Nau, Margret's grandson on May 31, 2013 at 3:26 PM said:

It has been a long time since I saw Aunt Betty. But I remember being on the farm enjoying the fresh milk (unpasturized and warm) and playing on the John Deere tractors as a very young boy. Unfortunatley living on the west coast doesn't lend the ability to see you all back in the midwest or to say good-bye! My memories are all I have. Rest in Peace Aunt Betty...
Wanda Hayzlett (Staton Fox) on May 31, 2013 at 3:07 PM said:

Your mom was a Joy to be around she was very nice and friendly every time you seen her. She will be missed.
Jan (Lamphier) and Tim Byrnes on May 31, 2013 at 9:08 AM said:

I remember all the good times I had staying overnight with Deb at Betty and Sheldon's Farm. Betty will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with the Fox Family.
J'Andrea Gibney on May 31, 2013 at 8:58 AM said:

To Pat and all the family, I wanted you to know I was
thinking of you. Many years ago I would sub in Betty's
card club. She was so nice to be around.
Mark & Berdell Schauls on May 31, 2013 at 8:51 AM said:

Sorry to hear about your loss. Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.
Lanette Butters on May 31, 2013 at 8:16 AM said:

She will be missed, what a sweetheart she was, but Heaven will be smiling when they see her, they are getting them a little jewel. Prayers goes out to the family.
Ruth Ann Meyer on May 31, 2013 at 5:08 AM said:

Hugs and prayers to Sheldon and the girls. Betty such a nice lady with a wonderful smile. I will always remember her smile and her laughter.
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