Lemley Chapel
Serving Sedro-Woolley &
All of Skagit County Since 1935
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Sedro-Woolley, WA
Martha Jane Fox Memorial
Martha Jane Fox Memorial

Martha Jane Fox

Martha Jane Fox

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

Martha Jane Fox, 86, a longtime Sedro-Woolley resident, passed away at her home on Wednesday, May 5, 2010 surrounded by her loving family.

She was born on April 7, 1924 in Sylva, North Carolina the daughter of William & Lou (Young) Browning.   She was raised and attended school in North Carolina.

On July 14, 1945 she was united in marriage to David Fox in Clayton, Georgia and they made their home in South Carolina and Michigan until coming to Sedro-Woolley in 1951.  In 1953 they briefly returned to Michigan for 2 years until permanently settling in Sedro-Woolley in 1955.

Martha worked seasonally in the agriculture fields and canneries, working for the Nagatani Brothers for 25 years, retiring in 1980.

She was a charter member of the Clear Lake First Baptist Church where she was a Sunday school teacher for many years and was active with church activities. She also enjoyed gardening and growing flowers and traveling back to North Carolina to visit family and friends.

Martha was preceded in death by her parents. Her husband, David in 2007, an infant son, Stanley and a sister, Nellie Browning.

She is survived by her son, Steve Fox and his wife, Shirley of Sedro-Woolley and two grandsons, Clint Fox & Chad Fox, of Sedro-Woolley.  Four brothers, Carl Browning of Clear Lake, Claude Browning and his wife JoAnn of Mount Vernon, Floyd Browning and his wife June of Sedro-Woolley and Harold Browning of Palm Springs, CA. Three sisters, Etta Fox of Sedro-Woolley, Elva Rankin of New Hudson, MI and Jeannette Fowler of Mount Vernon.

The family requests that memorials in memory of Martha be made to the Clear Lake First Baptist Church or to Skagit Hospice.

Graveside Services will be held on Tuesday, May 11, 2010 at 11:00 A.M. at the Green Hills Cemetery in Burlington with Associate Pastor Roy Swihart of the   Clear Lake First Baptist Church officiating.  A luncheon fellowship will immediately follow the service.   Arrangements are under the direction of Lemley Chapel, Sedro-Woolley.


  • Ken and Carla Singleton

    To all of the Fox family we are so sorry to hear of your loss. We wish you peace and strength during this time. Your family are always in our thoughts especially in times of sorrow. To Clint and Chad i wish you both peace in this transition and hope that together somehow you can help each other through it. I’m always a phone call away if you need an ear.
    Chad: You know ill be there if you need me like i said a phone call away. Please remember that life is just a moment of the bigger picture. Times like these are hard and you know ill walk through this one with you as before.
    I love you all many blessing and much peace

  • Doug, Irene Welch and Christine and George Woodard

    We will miss you greatly here on Pumpkintown in the mountain of North Carolina. Martha and David was very dear to us and we have miss seeing you in the summer and picking you up at the airport as you come home to the mountains. We will miss you here on earth but we will meet again someday in Heaven around God’s throne. We love you.

  • The Weaver Fox Family

    Steve and family,

    Our dads’ (David and Weaver) were first cousins and while I have never met you and your family, our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    From Franklin NC,
    The family of Weaver N. Fox

  • Cindy Forrester

    . The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
    2He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
    3He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
    4Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
    5Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
    6Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.
    Psalms 23.

    Aunt Martha is in a far better place now. Her faith and belief in the Lord is what I will cherish most about her. One day I will see her again in her glorified body. Til then, I will miss her.

    Cindy and Hugh Forrester

  • The Carter Family

    Dear Fox Family,

    Sorry for your lose. Aunt Martha was a great aunt and will truly be missed. The memories that I have of Aunt Martha are of her teaching Sunday School at Church. I was privledged to be in her class when we came for our summer visits from Michigan. She had a way of making you feel at home with her when you were far away from home. Just know that she is in Heaven with her Lord and Savior. We will contniue to prayer for the family during this difficult time.
    Mary, Bob, Nicole and Melissa

  • Susan Wilson

    My Sincere condolences to Martha’s friends and family.
    I can remember Martha was a long time and loyal friend to my mother
    Ella Gaye Wilson, whom passed away a year ago in March.
    In many ways Martha reminded me of my mother, they both shared a
    passion for gardening, canning, family and the Lord.
    As a child growing up and going to Martha’s house to visit,
    I will never forget her gentleness and Southern hospitality.
    Love and Prayers

    Susan Wilson

  • Kathy Rankin Walker

    Steve~This is for your Mom…
    To My Aunt Martha…
    Thank-you for the memories…I love you and I will miss you forever…The long journeys you spent taking a trip across country on a Greyhond bus to come visit us in Michigan…For the summer of 1960 and the homecoming at Mt Zion Church. How you still talk about Deborah and how she rolled the watermelon out of your icebox and cut it with a knife.”She was only 27 months old it’s a wonder she didn’t get hurt…You were my genetic link to the Brownings and I will continue my search for my proud Appalachian Heritage… I will always love you…Your neice…Kathy…

  • Jeri Hubbard

    Chad, I am sorry for the loss of your grandmother. Jeri Hubbard at Sunset storage.

  • Doug,Dona and Sarah Rankin

    Dear Steve,Shirley & Family,

    Aunt Martha and Uncle David were very kind to me in those far off years long ago in North Carolina and later in Sedro-Woolley, WA. I hold them in my heart and in my memories filled with love and a peaceful place to dwell. I remember those fair summer days walking up that long road through the Pumpkin Town community. Those days setting in front of the fireplace at the old homestead, where wonderful stories of our family were told. As a child, I remember our grandfather taking us to the harvest and the cherry trees. Martha was so kind to me and was a true person of peace and kindness in this world. My wife, daughter and I send our love and prayers to you and your family. I will always love and miss Aunt Martha and Uncle David. Doug, Dona and Sarah Rankin

  • Elva Browning Rankin

    Steve & Shirley,Clint and Chad
    My heartfelt sympathy on the loss of your mother and grandma. She will always be loved and missed. She was a sweet kind gentle soul who had a loving devotion for her family friends and for God. She will truly be missed and her days of suffering are over. She is at peace and God took her home to be with David and the rest of her beloved family. God bless you for all that you did for my sister and her remaining days here on earth. You are in my prayers God Bless…Aunt Elva…

  • Linda Rankin And Children

    Dear Steve and Family, Aunt Martha was a Wonderful Aunt. She Has always been Sweet and Kind to everyone. I will Miss calling Her and talking to her. Her voice was like an Angel. She will see Grandma and Grandpa in Heaven. Our love to all of you. And all Our Prayers. Your Cousin Linda Ann Rankin

  • Joanie Nagatani

    Steve & Shirley & family-
    My sincere sympathies extended to you & your family. I never remembered not knowing Martha. She was a wonderful person with wonderful work ethics , kindness for everyone & one of the best cooks ! We would have potlucks at our farm & the food Martha would bring, wow , 29 years later, I can still remember the taste & aroma. A true lady , she will never be forgotten & is with my folk’s in heaven.
    Joanie Nagatani

  • Phyllis & June Fox

    Martha and our Mom, Ollie Belle Jones Fox were first cousins, but she was close as a sister to Mom. We always looked forward to Martha and David coming back to North Carolina and visiting with us. We can hear her sweet laugh now. She and David were in North Carolina when they celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary and we had so much fun with a party at the Pumpkintown Community Center. We have missed them since they were last here and we look forward to seeing them again in Heaven. Our deepest sympathy to Steve and his family and all of her brothers and sisters.
    Phyllis & June

  • Pastor John Batts

    Martha will always be very dear to me and my family. She had a way of bringing a smile to your face and making you feel loved and special — no matter what she was going through. And now that she’s at home with Jesus and away from the physical suffering and pain she had to endure during her last days here on earth, I’ll bet she’s bringing a special smile to Jesus’ face, too!

    Miss Martha, thank you for setting such a powerful example of what it means to remain devoted to Christ all your days. We love you, and while we’ll miss you terribly here on earth, we look forward to the day when we can be reunited with you in Heaven!

    –Pastor John, Kelly and John-John