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FOX, Ruth Priscilla
FOX, Ruth Priscilla (Brown) Ruth was born July 16, 1925 in Springville, Vermont to Dorothy (Pike) and Winthrop Brown. Her body passed away Nov. 6, 2013 at her home in Medford, Ore. Her spirit really left us 3 years ago when her beloved husband of 67 years, George Ainslie Fox died. They eloped on Oct. 22, 1942 stopping at the border between Arizona and California to eat Ruth's sack lunch her mother had packed for school that day. They were only apart two times, when George served in France and England during World War II from 1943 to 1945, and when Ruth accompanied a daughter-in-law on a brief trip. They 'did not care' for being apart. The couple welcomed the first of their 4 sons, George Winthrop in 1943. Martin Blair followed in 1951, Jeffrey William in 1955, and Robert Kimball in 1959. Robert died in 2012. George and Ruth moved their family to Lancaster, Calif. in 1959, where George began his happy career with Allstate Insurance. Ruth managed the household, struggling to maintain her perfectionist housekeeping with 4 very active boys. A reluctant cook, she always managed to make room for whomever happened to be joining their family table. It was while they were living in Lancaster, that George and Ruth bought a cabin in Camp Nelson, Calif. that became the site of many magical memories for the family. Ruth was especially adept at providing for any possible contingency at these gatherings and for organizing rousing multi-generational games of charades, which were the scenes of great laughter. Ruth had an exceptional talent for latching on to any problem, large or small, and for finding a solution for it. She and George often played host to their grandchildren and she would spend hours at the pool, or involved in sewing projects, going roller skating with them, or in creating a doll house out of a cardboard box all for her grandchildren's amusement. After years of caring for aging parents, Ruth and George moved to Sun City West, Ariz. where it was like being on vacation every day. She is survived by 3 sons, 3 spouses of sons, 9 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren. A memorial service is planned at Camp Nelson for this summer.

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