Betty Lou FOX

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FOX, Mrs. Betty Lou Born in Boissevain, Manitoba on November 15, 1937 Betty passed away peacefully on June 17, 2011 in Chilliwack, B.C at the age of 73. Predeceased by son Terry Fox, parents John and Mary Ann Wark, sisters Norma Wark, Kay Ross, brother Fred Wark and brother-in-law Roy Ross. Betty's early years were spent on prairie soil in Melita, Manitoba. Betty grew up in an active and athletic family playing organized baseball and hockey (goalie) a trait that would be passed on to her own children. After graduating from high school Betty moved to Winnipeg, Manitoba where she met (corner of Portage and Main) and married Rolland Murray Fox in October of 1956. A decade and four kids later, Betty and Rolly moved west to Surrey, British Columbia leaving all family behind. They settled in Port Coquitlam which would be the Fox home for 22 years (1968 - 1990). In 1990 Betty and Rolly started a very slow migration east with stops in Lake Errock, B.C. and Abbotsford, B.C. before finally settling in Chilliwack, B.C. in 2003. Betty's second eldest son Terry was diagnosed with osteogenic sarcoma and his right leg was amputated above the knee. On April 12, 1980 Terry began the Marathon of Hope, a run across Canada to raise money for cancer research. He would cover 3,339 miles over 143 days before cancer returned forcing Terry to stop running on September 1, 1980. Terry died on June 28, 1981. Betty lost her son early and publicly. With no time to grieve, she accepted a role in the development of the Terry Fox Run which would later evolve into The Terry Fox Foundation. Her intuition and nurturing way were critical to safeguarding Terry's integrity, values and principles. Betty was involved in all aspects of The Terry Fox Foundation, particularly commercialization issues that related to the use of Terry's name and image for fundraising purposes. It is estimated that Betty spoke to more than 400,000 school children alone during her 25 years of touring the country, leaving each and every child with the inspirational story of the Marathon of Hope. The final words of every speech, "Never, ever give up on your dreams", have become her hallmark. Betty loved her family and they tried to equally return the love she had for them. She could laugh with the best of them and a tear was always just around the corner. Her family losses were always fresh and sincere. That Betty was a family source for hard work and determination is a given. To the very end Betty's drive to further Terry's work never waned as his dream had become her own. Betty is survived by husband Rolly, three children Fred, Darrell, and Judith, their respective spouses Theresa, Bonnie and Dale, nine grandchildren, Terrance, Kirsten, Erin, Jessica, Sarah, DJ, Tianna, Alexandra, and Connor, brother John Wark (Darlene) and sister-in-law Anna. A Funeral Service will be held at 1:00pm, Saturday, June 25th at the Trinity United Church, 2211 Prairie Avenue, Port Coquitlam. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to The Terry Fox Foundation: Online at: terryfox.org Mail to: The Terry Fox Foundation Suite 303 - 46167 Yale Road Chilliwack, B.C. V2P 2P2 Call 1-888-836-9786
Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province from June 22 to June 23, 2011
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