Died: Sun., Aug. 23, 2020

Interment following funeral service

Fri., Sep. 04, 2020
Location: Calvary Cemetery


11:00 AM to 1:00 PM, Fri., Sep. 04, 2020
Location: Stuart Mortuary Chapel


1:00 PM Fri., Sep. 04, 2020
Location: Stuart Mortuary Chapel

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On August 23, 2020, Bernice (Ryle) Fox passed away peacefully at the age of 93.  She was affectionately called Nana by those who knew and loved her.  Beautiful memories of 'Nana' live on in our hearts.


Bernice was born on March 13, 1927 to La Verne (Modestine) and Raymond Ryle in Indianapolis.  She attended Crispus Attucks High School.  It was there where Bernice would meet, George Fox, the love of her life.  Wed in 1947, she and George shared 17 years of marriage before she was widowed.  They had a beautiful family of nine children (Brenda, Allen, Paul, Phillip, Agnes, Lawrence, George, Marita and Michael).


Bernice had a successful career at RCA for many years. During a maternity leave from RCA, she had the opportunity to cook professionally at St. Bridget's school.  This was an opportunity to focus on two of her great loves in one place: children and the  culinary arts.  She also enjoyed a lengthy employment by Hooks Drug Store.  In spite of having established careers in other areas, Bernice longed to return to her passion for cooking incredible meals and baking extraordinary desserts.  She accepted a position at MCL cafeteria where she worked for a number of years.  This was followed by an opportunity to do the same with a local catering company. Over the years she has cooked countless meals for strangers, family, friends, and church members.  Anyone who ever had the pleasure of eating food prepared by Nana could never forget her culinary talent.  Even into her senior years Bernice continued to bake wedding and birthday cakes for family and friends.  Bernice was a naturally talented cook who always took her craft  seriously and worked    tirelessly to produce baked goods that were as beautiful as they were delicious.  She especially loved to spoil all of the grandchildren, great-grandchildren and even great-great grandchildren with homemade sweets like donuts, fried pies, cakes and pies.


Bernice was a woman of faith, a committed and loyal member of the Catholic church but could enjoy worshiping anywhere that taught about God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.  She was a long-time member of St. Bridget's Catholic Church.  After its closing, she joined Holy Angels Catholic Church As a convert to Catholicism she held her relationship with the Holy Spirit deep in her heart, always asking Him for guidance in her life and asking him to help loved ones in need.  Even when she was in tremendous pain. she relied on her relationship with the Holy Spirit to help her.  Bernice did not complain but chose to pray instead, believing that He would watch over her and bring her relief.  She trusted the Holy Spirit completely to heal her pain weather it was physical or emotional, and often talked openly about how He answered her prayers.  She encouraged others to trust the Holy Spirit and lean on Him just as she did.


Bernice was an avid reader who would often devour piles of books from the library.  When spending time with her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren she would often share details about the books she was reading and ask them to do the same.  She   enjoyed puzzle games like word search. Bernice also found pleasure in playing bingo and the penny machines at the casino.  Yet, no activity eclipsed the joy that she felt when spending time with family.  Even in her advanced years she was always willing to help with babysitting young family members.


Bernice was a woman of great compassion. She loved passionately and cared deeply for the well-being of others, especially children.  As her children were growing up the family home was often filled with children from the neighborhood.  Bernice cooked for the neighborhood children and her children's friends without complaint.  She cooked for them as if they were her own and corrected them when needed just as she would her own children.  Everyone got the same treatment if he or she was out of line!


Bernice was always willing to take up a new interest. Later in life she became a devoted golf fan.  As Tiger Woods garnered fame and success, she  adoringly referred to him as her grandson.  Bernice was deeply touched by seeing an African American play the game with such skill.  She loved cheering him on just as she had cheered on many of her grandchildren in their sporting endeavors throughout the years.


Bernice was preceded in death by her father, mother, husband, brothers, Charles, David and Thomas and her son Paul Anthony Fox.  Her memory will be cherished by her  surviving children, Brenda L. Smith (Joseph), Allen E. Fox, Phillip D. Fox (Gwen), Agnes Philps, Lawrence M. Fox (Rita), George B. Fox, Marita E. Fox, and Michael W. Fox (Kim); 24 grandchildren; 41 great-grandchildren; 4 great-great grandchildren; nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.


Humbly Submitted ………………………..The Family


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Misty Williams
   Posted Wed August 26, 2020

Exotic Planter was sent by Misty, Debbie, Brother and Aunt Mary.

Sending our condolences, much love to you all! We love you in California - Misty, Debbie, Brother and Aunt Mary! Rest in Heaven Aunt Bernice - you were a true angel to us and many others!

Harry Griesser
   Posted Thu August 27, 2020
Al I never new your mother personally but having heard you speak of her over the years its easy to tell what a wonderful women she was and how proud you were to be her son. Please know your mom will be in my prays as Well as your whole family will be.

   Posted Sun August 30, 2020
Big Brother Al, I was sadden to hear the passing of your beloved Mother. My condolences to you & your family. I will pray for you and your Family, to have continual spiritual strength.


Kempshia Turner
   Posted Sun August 30, 2020

Grand Pedestal Basket was sent by Kem and Greta.

Dear Paul and Agnes, Sending our deepest heart felt condolences to you and your loved ones. Though an ocean may separate us, you are always close to our hearts. We love you and are with you in spirit as you mourn the passing of a supremely special woman. With Love, Kem and Greta

   Posted Wed September 02, 2020
To the Fox Family,

I'm so sorry to hear of Miss Bernice's death. My condolences to you all. May perpetual light shine upon her.

Bridget Ratcliffe

   Posted Fri September 04, 2020
From the Wisdom Family to your Family. May your Mama/Nana rest in peace. God is good all the time and all the time God is good.

   Posted Fri September 04, 2020

Seasonal Garden Fireside Basket was sent by Helen Perry/Denver, CO.

On behalf of the Wisdom Family for the benefit of the Fox-Smith Family You are in our prayers. Helen Roberta Wisdom-Perry

Connie Ratcliffe Bentley
   Posted Tue September 08, 2020
To the Fox family.

I'm so sorry to hear of the passing of your mother.
Ms. Bernice has always held a special place in my heart.
You all are in my thoughts and prayers.

Connie Ratcliffe Bentley

Glenda Westmoreland
   Posted Tue November 17, 2020
I had the pleasure and honor to be Mrs. Fox's primary care physician at Eskenazi Health for many years. When she relocated to receive more help, I was sorry to see her go. She was, as you know, an amazing woman and warrior for our Lord and Savior. She was cheerful, kind, caring, but never shy to speak her mind in the name of justice. My sincerest condolences at her passing, but take comfort in knowing she is with Christ and in knowing she touched many, many lives while here on earth.

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