Dorothy Jane Fox
February 21, 1945 - April 24, 2013
With her family by her side, Dorothy Jane Fox passed away peacefully in her home on April 24, 2013 after a long battle with scleroderma and lymphoma. Dorothy Jane was born to Cecil and Naomi Bolt on February 21, 1945 in Fowler California. Her small town upbringing, servant hearted parents, and the death of her sister at a young age had a profound impact on her person and fostered in her an incredible compassion for helping others and a joy for life.
After graduating from Fowler High School, Dorothy attended Fresno State University where she earned her teaching credential. There she met her husband, Richard (Bud) Fox. Dorothy and Bud were married for 46 years and brought three beautiful daughters into the world, Kristin Nicole and Melissa Michelle born in 1971, and Lindsay Suzanne born in 1977. Dorothy was a devoted mother and wife. She was known for her loving and warm spirit, her irresistible friendliness, beauty which radiated from the inside out, a smile that seemed to never end, and her signature red lipstick. Her personality was often described as sparkling, and her joyful demeanor and genuine positive outlook inspired many. People couldn't help but be happy in her presence. She was likely to celebrate others with a plate of homemade cookies and fresh cut roses from the back yard. She generously welcomed teenagers, neighbors, and friends into the Fox home often anticipating certain frequent visitors with their favorite goodies.
Dorothy's heart was the Fox household, but when her daughter's were successfully launched, she went back to teaching kindergarten full time. Dorothy taught kindergarten at Fairview Elementary School for 22 years. She was the ultimate kindergarten teacher. She loved children, bright colors, books, magic, and whimsy. Every day she sprinkled her students with 'LOVE' from her Love Spice Can believing that it was the most important ingredient in life. She took medical leave from teaching in November 2011 and officially retired in June 2012.
Dorothy's Christian faith was core to her being. She was a Bible Study Fellowship leader for 15 years, she served gratefully as a deacon at Trinity United Presbyterian Church where she was a life long member, and was a trained Steven's Ministry counselor. Her most impactful ministry however was her amazing gift to love others.
Dorothy was only in the beginning of her grandmothering years when she became ill. Known as a wonderfully loving Nana, she cherished her five grandchildren wishing she could be healed to spend more time with them.
Dorothy is preceded in death by her parents, Naomi and Cecil Bolt, and her sister, Kathy Jean. Dorothy will be remembered by her husband, Bud; and her children; Kristin, Melissa, and Lindsay, her son-in-laws, Joel Forsythe, Scott Symington and Brian Lien; and her grandchildren, Jonah and Griffin Forsythe, Samuel and Naomi Symington, and Lyla Jane Lien. They will continue Dorothy's legacy of love and joy for life.
A Memorial Service to celebrate Dorothy's life will be held at Trinity United Presbyterian Church in Modesto on Saturday, May 18th, 2013 at 10:30 AM.
Published in the Modesto Bee on Apr. 28, 2013