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“Foxy Sue Cindy I am so sorry to hear about your mom. I will always remember your mom and dad for all the good times we had growing up. Dennis ”
1 of 1 | Posted by: DENNIS BOLDEN - Newark, DE

Margaret E. Fox, of Newark, DE and Danville, PA, passed away on Wednesday, February 08, 2017, following a long illness at the age of 91. She was the daughter of the late C. Earl and Helen Dietz and was a graduate of Danville High School. She worked with her father and grandfather, John Dietz, at the Danville Baking Company they owned, and at jobs in the garment industry until she married her high school sweetheart, Herbert H. Fox, in 1944. The wedding took place in the corner of her parents' living room of 408 Pine Street, Danville while Herbert was on a weekend pass from the Navy. Following her husband's discharge from the Navy at the end of World War II and his graduation from college, the family, which now included a son Eugene E. Fox, moved to Topeka, Kansas for her husband to take a teaching job. This was followed by a move to Bridgeville, DE several years later, and the birth of a daughter, Susan Kim Fox. Their next move was to Newark, DE where they stayed for nearly 60 years. The family increased by one more, another daughter, Lucinda Lea Fox.

While the family grew, they enjoyed many trips to Danville for holidays, of which Christmas was Margaret's favorite. She was a fantastic baker, having learned at her father's bakery. The family recipe for chocolate chip cookies has been enjoyed by many over the years and passed down to the children and grandchildren to share. Her family always baked thousands of cookies, filling up old metal lard cans, stacking them up to the ceiling of their dining room before delivering them to all of the Churches in Danville for Christmas. Many happy memories were made around the dining room table at dinner on Thanksgiving, enjoying the homemade relishes, pickles, pies, and especially the large jar of pickled eggs and beets, knowing we would be having waffles with turkey gravy for supper. Margaret even made her skill into a career when she started working at various schools as a baker in the cafeteria. In her spare time, Margaret knitted. She had an incredible talent for creating beautiful sweaters, vests, baby outfits, and afghans. She could take nearly any picture and recreate it with yarn. Her children eventually graduated from school and college, married and started their own families, but Margaret continued to share her culinary abilities by having the families over for her delicious homemade meals of chicken and dumplings, sauerkraut and pork, country fried steak, and her wonderful baked goods; sticky buns, peach pie and everyone's favorite; pineapple upside down cake. She even made her own root beer. Sometimes a loud "pop" would sound from the garage where the root beer was curing because a bottle with a little too much yeast in it would explode. Margaret and Herbert were avid gardeners too. They started with flowers, having over 300 different varieties of iris in their back yard and huge, beautiful azalea, and rose bushes in the front. Eventually, the iris plants were replaced by vegetables and Margaret added homegrown vegetables to the table.

Following her husband's retirement in the early 1970's, Margaret also retired from her job and the couple commenced several years of travelling. They enjoyed going to musicals and shows, camping anywhere there was good fishing, and attending the annual reunions of both of their graduation classes and the U.S.S. Boxer, the aircraft carrier Herbert was stationed on during his time in the Navy. Eventually, they decided to return to their hometown of Danville, moving back to 406 Pine Street, the other half of the duplex where they were married. In 2009, Herbert became ill, so the family moved them back to Newark where they became residents of Brookdale Assisted Living. Margaret remained there following her husband's death in late 2009. She then moved to the Brandywine Nursing Home when she needed more care for her developing illness.

Margaret was the most wonderful mother and friend. She loved her family more than anything. She was always available to babysit, cook, bake, knit, read, sew, talk, shop, and be there for whatever anyone needed. She will be greatly missed by many. Christmas will never be the same for our family as our father's birthday was on Christmas and our mother's was three days following.

Margaret has now been reunited with her husband Herbert Fox, her parents Earl and Helen Dietz, her sister Lucille Dietz and her favorite aunt Edna Letterman. She leaves behind to cherish her memories, her children: Eugene (Sanne), Susan (Paul Yeager), and Cindy (George Peterson), her grandchildren: Sandra, NathaniaI, Stephanie, Catherine, Paul, Benjamin, and Christina and her great grandchildren, James, Mya and Tyce.

The family would like to thank the Brandywine Nursing Home where she received excellent and compassionate care while she resided there. We would also like to thank everyone who spent time with her during her last days and whose thoughts and prayers helped ease our minds, lighten our loads and bring peace to our lives. Services will be held privately. In lieu of flowers please make a memorial donation to any charity of your choice. Margaret's favorite charities were anything to do with animals.

"I will not say goodbye, for this is not the end
Not adieu but au revoir to my mother and my friend.
I held you close to me, but now I let you go
As I set you free, know I love you so.
You'll fly upon the wind and sail across the sea
Yet in my heart of hearts, you'll still be close to me.
We'll meet again someday, this I know is true.
Until that day arrives, I will remember you."