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Betty C. Fox
Betty C. Fox, 82, died peacefully in her sleep the morning of Jan. 20, 2014, at Valley View Senior Care in Kent, Wash.
Betty Carol (Salter) Fox was born July 25, 1931, in rural Clay County, Indiana, to Argetha B. (Cooprider) Salter and Kenneth H. Salter. Her parents farmed and operated an airfield north of Palestine, Ill., where Betty's father taught her future husband how to pilot an airplane.
After graduating early at age 16 in 1948 from Palestine High School, Ill., Betty attended and graduated from Terre Haute Commercial College, Terre Haute, Ind., where she studied comptometry. Soon after college, Betty worked at the Ohio Oil Company, which later became known as the Marathon Petroleum Corporation, in Robinson, Ill.
In 1952, she married her high school sweetheart, Gerald D. Fox, in Palestine, Ill. After they married, Betty continued to work for the oil company while her husband studied agriculture at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and served in the U.S. Army.
In 1956, Gerald was hired by the Hormel Foods Corporation and the two moved to Austin. In Austin, when Betty helped a bank bring order to a situation involving her own bank account, she so impressed the management with her knowledge of finance that they hired her immediately.
Gerald's next placement by Hormel moved them to Okabena, where they started their family. Then, in 1961, Gerald was stationed by Hormel to work as a hog buyer in Mt. Lake, serving the local area. Thereupon, they settled down and made Mt. Lake their permanent home.
In addition to being a homemaker and raising three children, Betty served as the church organist for many years at the Mt. Lake First Presbyterian Church where they were members.
She also volunteered as a supervisor of young children at the Mt. Lake Elementary School - a favorite "watch lady" among children in the school playground.
Betty had a passion for music her entire life. She loved to sing and play piano for family and friends. In the final weeks of her life, she sang with the nursing staff at Valley View Senior Care in Kent, Wash.
Known for her laughter, Betty enjoyed spending time with loved ones. In her later years, she became an avid fan of the Minnesota Twins and took great pleasure in watching professional baseball on television.
Betty is proceeded in death by her husband of 60 years, Gerald D. Fox, who passed away on Feb. 12, 2012.
She is survived by her children: Kaye E. Fox of Kent, Wash.; Keith E. Fox (Joseph A. Levi) of Providence, R.I.; and Beth Fox Heisinger (Craig Heisinger) of Bainbridge Island, Wash.; grandchildren: Mckinley Fox-Cowart, Cayson Fox-Cowart, Ava Heisinger, Evan Heisinger and Noah Heisinger; brother, Donald Salter (Jeanette Salter) of Worthington, Ind.; sister-in-law, Janice Fox of Mankato; sister-in-law, Juanita Fox of Robinson, Ill.; and nephews and nieces: Daniel Salter, David Salter, Doug Salter, Donna (Salter) Kleindorfer, Debra (Salter) Williams, Danette Salter, Jon Fox, Katie (Fox) Smith, Jeff Fox and David Gregg.
A memorial service will be held at Jeffers United Methodist Church in Jeffers on Saturday, May 3, at 11 a.m. A small reception will follow.
Condolences may be sent to the family by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org.