Sharon Rae Wilson Fox, age 71, died on July 27, 2014, in Meade District Hospital after a long battle with cancer.
Born January 5, 1943 in Wichita, KS, she was the daughter of Clarke E., Sr. and Leota May Wright Wilson. She attended College Hill Elementary School, Roosevelt Junior High School in Wichita, and graduated from Wichita High School East in 1961. She then attended McPherson College and Wichita State University. On April 11, 1964, she married Wendell B. Fox, Jr. at Plymouth Congregational Church in Wichita.
The couple made their home in Wichita while Wendell attended Wichita State University, graduating in 1968. At that time, they moved to Denver, CO. While living in Denver, their first son, Douglas Boyd, was born on November 23, 1969. In 1970 they moved to Hutchinson, KS. While living in Hutchinson, their second son, James Bradley, was born on December 1, 1971. In 1975, they decided to move back to Plains, KS, to farm as Wendell’s father was retiring. Sharon spent many hours tractor driving, truck driving, and preparing meals during harvests to help out. She and her husband farmed for 37 years in Plains before retirement in 2012.
While living in Plains, she was active in the Order of Eastern Star, Winona Chapter of Plains and Liberal Chapter 104 in Liberal, KS, serving as Worthy Matron and various other offices and was a District Aide as well. A long-time member of the Plains Friends Church, she was the church Recording Clerk for many years and served on the Outreach Committee. In 1993, she became active in the Needles & Friends Quilt Guild (NFQG), serving in various offices including President of the Guild in 2006. Sharon also helped with organizing Quilt Shows with Needles & Friends and enjoyed working with the guild members to make the quilt shows a success. She was active in the ‘Bizzy WooHoo’ Appliqué group with nine other special quilting friends. She enjoyed making quilts for family and friends and in particular for the various hosts of the yearly Wilson-Wright Family Reunions. Any of the family members being married received a Christmas Tree Skirt specially made for the couple.
Sharon was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Clark E. “Pete” Wilson, and Edgar Wilson, and one sister, Margaret Malicky.
She is survived by her husband of 50 years; two sons, Douglas B. Fox and spouse, Trista Marie, of Plains, KS; James B. Fox and spouse, Kelly Elizabeth of Tomball, TX; three grandchildren, Erin Marie Fox and Cayden Boyd Fox of Plains, KS, and Remi Rae Fox of Tomball, TX. She is also survived by two brothers & their spouses, Maurice Lee & Beverly Wilson of San Marcos, CA; and James Michael “Mike” and Janell Wilson of St. George, UT; two sisters, Kathleen Ann Mitelhaus of Wichita, KS, and Ruth Ellen Bandy of Denver, CO; a sister in law, Linda Wilson of Wichita, KS; and one brother in law, Neal Malicky of Millersburg, Ohio; as well as many, many wonderful nieces and nephews, her dearly loved, special college friend and her husband, Doris & Bill Ridge of Inman, KS, and their daughters, Ann Goering of Valley Center, KS, and Nanci Regher of Phoenix, AZ, and great NFQG quilting friends, and in particular the Bizzy WooHoos, Rae Blain, Fern Lamberson, Sherrill Lambert, Nancy Tolento (Deceased), all of Liberal, KS, Kathi Holland of Amarillo, TX, and Carolee Campbell of San Angelo, TX.
Funeral Service will be held 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 31, 2014 at the Plains Friends Church, Plains, KS with Pastor Dan Biernacki presiding with burial following at Plains Cemetery.
Visitation will be 5 – 8 pm Tuesday and 9 am – 8 pm Wednesday with the family present to receive friends from 6 – 7 pm on Wednesday at Brenneman Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Plains Friends Church in care of Brenneman Funeral Home 1212 W. 2nd Liberal, KS 67901.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.brennemanfuneralhome.com