July 25, 1879 - July 15, 1919
|Mrs. Mary Cowan Fox, wife of Rev. George Fox, was born near Franklin, Tenn., on July 25, 1879. She belonged to a distinguished family, which had played a prominent part in affairs of church and state In the days when formative influences were shaping the civilization that has made the South the stronghold of unalloyed patriotism and’ of devout religious faith.
Mrs. Fox was a woman of liberal education. After attending the schools of the community In which she was reared, she entered Peabody College for Teachers, in Nashville, Tenn., from which she was graduated in due time. After her graduation she came to Louisiana and taught in the schools at Donaldsonville, Breaux Bridge, Vidalia, Eros and Bastrop. She bad previously taught in some of the schools of her native state. It was while teaching in Bastrop, La. that she met Rev. George Fox, a member of the Louisiana Conference, whom she married in September, 1912.
It was a privilege of the writer to know Sister Fox in the Intimate fellowship of the home circle, and for a short while, in the active work of the church. It would have been impossible so to know her without being impressed by her utter devotion of her family and to the great spiritual interests of the community in which she lived. She was a Methodist by training and by conviction, and religion was a normal part of her daily life. She was in complete accord with the polity and doctrine of her church. She was profoundly interested in every movement under its auspices that looked to the extension of the kingdom of God, and she never spared herself in the accomplishment of the tasks that she so willingly undertook In behalf of the cause she loved. The success of the Centenary Movement in her own church was due largely to her unremitting, Intelligent and consecrated efforts.
The death of Sister Fox, at Bunkie, La., on July 15, 1919, came as a great shock, not only to the community in which she lived, but also to other communities where she had so diligently and so effectively with her husband in his work as a faithful and loyal Methodist itinerant; but the blow was tempered by the thought that a godly woman, having wrought nobly as a wife, mother, and servant of Christ, had gone to receive a rich reward on high. Those who knew her intimately spoke of her as the embodiment of the ideal in the peculiarly delicate and responsible relationship of the parsonage home. Her memory is as precious ointment in. the communities where she lived her life of service.
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, 1919, pages 61-62, by. H. T. Carley.|