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- Juliann 'Julie' M. Fox, 77, of Peoria died about 1:15 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, at her home, after a struggle with heart disease since 2004.
Juliann was born Sept. 27, 1936, in Buckholts, Texas, to John and Lora Janes. She married Lawrence Fox on Sept. 2, 1956, at Hope Lutheran Church in Buckholts.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Surviving are her husband, Lawrence of Peoria; her children, Travis of Stewartstown, Pa., Linda of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and David of Normal. Also surviving are six grandchildren, Jeremy Childress of Corvallis Ore., Dustin Childress of York, Pa., Stephanie of Stewartstown and Anakin, Tristin and Paxtin of Normal; and two great-grandchildren, Leah and Charis Childress. Juliann is also survived by her brothers, John of Spring Branch, Texas, and James of Carlsbad, N.M.
Juliann graduated from Buckholts High School in 1955 and from Nixon Clay Business College in Austin, Texas, in 1956.
After marriage, she worked as a secretary for the U.S. Air Force at Randolph AFB in Texas, and at Texas A&M University, as Lawrence attended college there. After Lawrence went to work for Caterpillar in Peoria in 1962, Juliann devoted herself to being a loving wife and mother. From 1983 to 1994, she worked for Kmart as a customer service representative.
She, with her family, was a member of First English Lutheran Church of Peoria. Juliann had a firm and personal faith in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Juliann took much pride in her family, and she will be lovingly remembered for the willing and unselfish things she did for them and others. Some of the things she loved to do were holiday baking, sewing, birding, flower gardening, walking and nature photography. She also enjoyed her membership in the Red Hat Society women's organization of her neighborhood. She was a survivor of several surgeries, including breast cancer in 1987. During her final year, she struggled to recover from heart surgery and 15 difficult weeks of recuperation at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center of Peoria, but she never gave up hope, and was very appreciative of the loving and compassionate care she received there.
Visitation will be at First English Lutheran Church in Peoria from 9 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, until the funeral service at 10 a.m., with the Rev. Dr. James R. Lillie officiating. Burial will immediately follow the service in Swan Lake Memory Gardens in Peoria.
For those wishing to make memorials, the
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.thewiltonmortuary.com.
The Wilton Mortuary
2101 North Knoxville Avenue Peoria, IL 61603
Published in Peoria Journal Star on Nov. 10, 2013