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Joyce Ileta Fox

February 7, 1928 February 21, 2019
Joyce Ileta Fox
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Joyce Ileta Fox

Age 91 of Owosso passed away Thursday, February 21, 2019 at Oliver Woods Retirement Village.

Funeral Services will be held 11am Tuesday February 26, 2019 at First Congregational Church with Pastor Deb Grazier officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Nelson-House Funeral Home on Sunday from 6pm to 8pm and Monday from 2pm to 8pm.

Joyce was born February 7, 1928 in Mason, the daughter of Herbert J. and Marguerite (Strayer) Colby. She spent her early years growing up in a large family in Mason. Joyce enjoyed working at Ware's Drug Store at the soda fountain and as a clerk at the County Courthouse.

Joyce was a member of First Congregational Church. She was also a member of Beta Sigma Phi, the Memorial Heathcare Auxiliary and the Shiawassee Arts Council.

She married Robert Lee Fox on June 4, 1949 in Mason, Michigan. They spent several years living in Ionia before making their home in Owosso in 1964. Joyce worked as a teller at D.M. Christian's before starting her dream job at Owosso High School as a secretary in boys' attendance. She loved every day and every student that crossed her doorway. It was here that her "famous" owl collection began. She could tell you every person that ever gave her an owl and cherished everyone. Joyce retired in June, 1993.

Joyce and Bob loved their travels together. They spent most of their summers in Ludington and loved to visit places in the tropics.
After Bob passed away, she spent many winters in Naples, Florida.

Joyce is survived by her children Robert Fox Jr. of Grand Rapids, Laura (Mike) Davis of Owosso, Jane (Scott) Wightman of Owosso and Jim (Lisa) Fox of Owosso; grandchildren Bobby Fox, Mary Fox, Matt (Rhonda McKay) Davis, Andy (Brenda) Davis, Jenny (Jeremy) Cutler, Ben Wightman, Ashley (Eric) Nickels, Erin Fox and Jesse (Michael Schutt) Fox; great-grandchildren Kayla Stambersky, Paige Davis, Caleb Cutler, Ellie Cutler, Teddy Cutler, Julian Wightman and Everett Nickels; sister Virginia Olson; and many other loving family and friends.

She was predeceased by her husband Robert Lee Fox on June 8, 1989; her son Jerry Fox in 1956; siblings Ilah Jeffrey, Mary Jane Johnson, Harry Colby, Ken Colby and David Colby; grandson John R. Fox and great-grandson Beau Robert Wightman.

Special thanks to the staff at Oliver Woods and Heart to Heart Hospice for their amazing compassion and care.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Shiawassee Arts Center.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at Nelson-House.com.


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Previous Events

Visitation

Sunday

24

Feb

6:00 PM 2/24/2019 6:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 2/24/2019 8:00:00 PM
Owosso Chapel

120 E. Mason Street
Owosso, MI 48867

Owosso Chapel
120 E. Mason Street Owosso 48867 MI
United States

Visitation

Monday

25

Feb

2:00 PM 2/25/2019 2:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 2/25/2019 8:00:00 PM
Owosso Chapel

120 E. Mason Street
Owosso, MI 48867

Owosso Chapel
120 E. Mason Street Owosso 48867 MI
United States

Funeral Service

Tuesday

26

Feb

11:00 AM 2/26/2019 11:00:00 AM
First Congregational Church

327 N Washington St
Owosso, MI 48867

First Congregational Church
327 N Washington St Owosso 48867 MI
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Oak Hill Cemetery Final Resting Place

1101 S. Washington Street
Owosso, MI 48867

1101 S. Washington Street Owosso 48867 MI
United States
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