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Barbara A. Fox

Barbara passed away, Wednesday, June 21, 2023 at 4:53 P.M. She was born March 26, 1934.

She was married to beloved husband, William S. Fox for 63 years and was the mother to beloved sons Marc (Kimberlee) Fox and Brian Fox. Cherished by her grandchildren, Jenna (Eric), Mandi (Mike), David (Chelsea), Bridgette and Andrew and great-granddaughter, Ellaree.

Friends may meet with Barb’s family starting at 10:00 A.M., Tuesday, June 27, 2023, at St. Margaret Catholic Church until the time of the Mass of Catholic Burial at 11:00 A.M., with Rev. Fr. Simon Manjooran officiating.

Burial will follow at St. Margaret Cemetery in Otsego.

Contributions in memory of Barb may be made to St. Margaret Catholic Church.

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Jodie Bronkema

June 22, 2023 at 4:22 pm

Thank you so much for the absolute honor of taking care of Barbara at the end of her life as one of her nurses. I knew her for only a short time and she left a mark on my heart. What a beautiful , precious soul. I am thinking of her family and friends. God bless you !


Ron and Ruth Young

June 22, 2023 at 4:40 pm

Thinking about you you Brian, you really looked like your mother when you both were younger. Love you, May the PEACE of GOD be with you


Steven and Nancy Motter

June 22, 2023 at 4:40 pm

Our sincere condolences and Prayers are with all of Barbara’s family and friends. We got to know her and Bill from Saint Margaret’s Church and school and enjoyed how friendly they were whenever we saw them. Prayers


Lorna Sisson

June 22, 2023 at 6:49 pm

Dear Brian, Marc & families:

We are so saddened to hear of your mom/ grandmas passing. What an amazing woman she was. We’ve known her most of our lives. Both Craig and I had she and your dad as teachers. The BEST. So many fond memories over the years. She always looked beautiful and had such a lovely, kind smile. I loved seeing her out in her rose garden with her white shorts and her hair done perfectly. They both came to our granddaughters graduation party a few years ago even though they had to fight a horrible rain storm and mud. Entered as always with smiles and a happy presence. She was one of the very best teachers and always made you feel cared about in her presence. She and your dad are having a joyful reunion!!!!❤️. May your memories help to ease your loss and also knowing she was respected and loved by soo many. She will be sadly missed but we feel blessed by having known her.


Cory Hess

June 22, 2023 at 7:30 pm

Prayers are with you and your family Marc and Brian.


Lynne Livingston

June 23, 2023 at 2:57 pm

Sooooo many sweet, funny memories living next door and then 2 doors down from the Fox’s for 50 years of my life! I could not have grown up with better neighbors! Mr. Fox riding his bike up to the front porch on his way to town “Well HELLOOOO neighbors”!! and Mrs. Fox bringing her famous pecan pie to us every Christmas morning to name just a few. Mind swirling. Love you “boys”! You are making them proud!


Kelly Dines Bohl

June 23, 2023 at 4:08 pm

Marc and Brian. So very sorry for your loss. Your mom was lovely and always kind. Hold on to those memories always!

Kelly Dines Bohl


Ruby Rogers

June 23, 2023 at 4:45 pm

Dear family to Mrs.Fox

I knew by walking by her house and she was always so kind and had a smile to light a room, her yard was always perfect I would tell her, she would smile, she loved to stay active. After Hardings closed I didn’t get to see her much since I was usually walking there, but everytime I seen her out we would chat. What a sweet soul. I know her and bill are together again with our Lord . May the Lord comfort you at this time


Mary Miller (Kubin)

June 23, 2023 at 5:45 pm

Brian & Marc,

Sincere condolences to you and your family. I will truly miss her holding my hand, praying and giving her words of wisdom.


Jack and Sandy

June 23, 2023 at 6:11 pm

Our sympathies to the family of Barb Fox. She was deeply loved and will be deeply missed.


Sue and Couch Browne

June 23, 2023 at 6:38 pm

Our sympathy Marc and Brian. Your parents were the absolute best!!

I started out as their students and ended up as a friend. Then was so honored to help them out when I worked at the library. I couldn’t wait to hear your Dad’s stories. I just loved them. How fortunate for you to call them Mom and Dad!!!!


Dinah Howrigon

June 23, 2023 at 7:34 pm

So sorry to hear of Mrs. Fox’s passing .Such a special lady. She will be missed.

Jerry and Dinah Howrigon


Jennifer Chappell Mitchell

June 24, 2023 at 12:41 pm

I am so sorry for your loss! Barb was such a beautiful person, inside and out—a perfect lady. I will remember her fondly.


larry and emma myner

June 24, 2023 at 2:10 pm

our prayers go out to the family of Barbara Fox. She was a real nice lady. Bless you all.


Bobetta VanderPloeg

June 24, 2023 at 8:09 pm

Bill and Barb helped me a great deal when I went back to college to complete my degree.

Bill introduced me to a curriculum counselor. That was such a big help. Barb gave me books that she felt I would need. I said to her, “Barb, you’re giving me these books of yours, don’t you want them?’ She had the sweetest smile and said, “A book isn’t any good unless it’s being used.” I’ve always remembered that comment. I went on to complete my degree and had the privilege and pleasure of teaching with Barb, at Dix St. Elementary. She was an excellent teacher and an excellent role model.

My sincere sympathy to Marc and Brian and their families. I know you have good memories of your parents. They were such good people.

Bobetta VanderPloeg


David Colvin and family (Coworker of Marc's)

June 25, 2023 at 10:28 pm

Marc and family,

We are very sorry for your loss. Please accept our deepest sympathy and know that we are praying for all of you during this difficult time.


The Reeds

June 25, 2023 at 11:32 pm

We have good memories of our neighbors from “way back when.” Barb always had a smile and kind words when we walked past their house. She was a lovely person and looked elegant even in her gardening clothes! Our prayers for Marc and Brian and their families as you mourn your loss and honor your Mom’s life.

Our condolences,

The Reed Family


Bob Grill

June 26, 2023 at 9:29 pm

Barb was one fine teacher. I had the good fortune to be the principal in the middle school when Barb was teaching six grade students. I would have Barb critique my newsletter before it was sent to the parents. I would always now for sure that it was flawless. My deepest sympathies to Barb’s family.


John & Diane Glessner

June 27, 2023 at 9:53 am

Dear Fox family,

We are very sad to hear about Barbs passing. She was a genuine lady and a wonderful teacher! Her smile was contagious and she always asked and cared about your well being. I (John) taught with Barb for several years and she demonstrated such love for her students. She was a great co-worker and always so professional. We pray God’s presence upon you. May the special memories you mom make you smile and give you peace. With Live, John and Diane


Nick Van Atter

June 28, 2023 at 5:20 pm

Mrs. Fox (Barb) was my sixth grade English teacher. She was always fun and witty, and her classroom was warm, tidy and inviting! She always dressed as a professional when she taught in school. She set an example of how a teacher should walk, talk and teach! Many years later I worked at Toaz Pharmacy downtown and would have great conversations with her and Mr. Fox (Bill) when they stopped in. Bill was my college advisor in the History Department at Western Michigan University and helped me navigate my way through college. Both of them always had a smile on their face and were always willing to help everyone they came in contact with! They are forever in my memories, and I wanted you to know how much they made an impact on me! Sending you love!

Nick Van Atter


Kay Miller Snyder

July 1, 2023 at 10:37 am

Sending my condolences to the family!


Debbie Fry Kruse

July 5, 2023 at 9:43 pm

Sending condolences to the family. What a great teacher! I always enjoyed chatting with her whenever I encountered her through the years. A woman of the ultimate class and dignity, and beauty that never faded.


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