Joan "Joann" Kellam Fox
Joann K. Fox passed away on July 25, 2013 at the Hoosier Village Retirement Center, Indianapolis, at the age of 92.
She was born February 10, 1921 in Indianapolis, the oldest child of Fred and Grace Kellam, living most of her life in the Indianapolis area. Having a natural aptitude and interest in science and mathematics, she aspired to be an engineer like her father, who discouraged that idea. Instead she attended Andrews University (then Emmanuel Missionary College), earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry in 1942, graduating as valedictorian. Her first job was in the quality control department of Monarch Steel, where she met her first husband and father of her two sons, John W. Sellers.
After WWII she found herself in the difficult position of a single mother of two without a job in hard economic times. She found employment in the Research and Development Department of the RCA Victor Record Division, a world leader in the production of phonograph records. There she had a successful career specializing in plastic compounds used in the record industry.
In 1963 she married Ralph Fox, acquiring a second family of stepchildren. After Ralph's children were grown, they retired to their wooded acreage near Zionsville where they enjoyed a secluded life before health issues forced them to move to an assisted living facility in 2009. She was a voracious reader and enjoyed planting trees and otherwise landscaping their country home.
Joann was preceded in death by her parents, ex-husband, and brother James Kellam, and survived by her husband Ralph Fox, also a resident of Hoosier Village; sons, John W. Sellers, Jr., Spring Valley, Ohio and James F. Sellers, Willoughby Hills, Ohio; sister, Alice Higgins, Athens, Alabama; brother, Douglas Kellam, Shelbyville, Indiana; sister-in-law, Helen Kellam, Speedway, Indiana; and stepchildren, Mary Brown, Sumter, South Carolina, Ruth Larsen, Bountiful, Utah, Paul Fox, Indianapolis, and Anna Olsen, Williston, Florida.
A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday August 6 at the chapel of the Hoosier Village Retirement Community, 5300 W. 96th St., Indianapolis. The family requests that contributions in lieu of flowers be made to the Hoosier Village charitable organization, the BHI Foundation, 5415 Bearberry Lane, Indianapolis, IN 46268. Arrangements were entrusted to Flanner and Buchanan - Zionsville .