Georgina Lenore Fox passed away on January 9th, 2024, surrounded by her loved ones at the age of 102. She is preceded in death by her beloved husband, Dick Fox, and leaves behind four children, Rick Fox (Barbara), Barbara Richardson, John Fox (Tamie), and Marianne Fox (Philip Neal), fifteen grandchildren and sixteen great-grandchildren. She was born in Kansas City, Missouri, on November 5th, 1921, to John and Georgina Steinhilber. Her siblings were Dorothy (m. Wetherill), John and Robert. She attended Bryant Elementary, Southwest High School, and St. Teresa’s Academy when it was a college. Her family also had a farm retreat that her brother later developed into Lake Winnebago. Lenore was quite the social butterfly and always enjoyed talking to people. She was genuinely interested in learning about them. She became an airline hostess (flight attendant), much to her father’s dismay, when it was quite daring to do so.
Lenore met her husband, Dick Fox, a decorated Navy fighter pilot, during World War II. Their marriage took them to Norfolk, Virginia, where Dick was stationed after their marriage, and Urbana, Illinois, where they owned a women’s clothing store and lunch venue. After living in Atlanta, Georgia for Dick’s position with Luzier Cosmetics, they were transferred back to Kansas City where they built a home at Lake Winnebago, MO. They loved the lake life with their family for 33 years. Their home was a loving sanctuary for their children and grandchildren. They were true partners on all their adventures. When it was time to downsize, they moved back to Lenore’s beloved Brookside, where they became regulars at their favorite local restaurants, along with an almost daily trip for ice cream at Baskin Robbins. She had many wait staff workers that adored her, even when she had to help with training them in the “Lenore method” of handling their duties. During this time they helped care for and transport multiple grandchildren and their friends around town. They were always gracious, loving and doting grandparents. Nothing gave them more joy than their grandchildren.
Lenore and Dick were married for 74 years, until Dick’s death on July 7th, 2018. Their love story and profound friendship set an example for all during their entire marriage, and beyond. When Dick had to be cared for in a nursing home due to advancing dementia, Lenore moved in to take care of him. She never left his side, and was his fierce protector and advocate, as he had always been for her. Lenore was an outstanding and loving mother and grandmother, who was known for being overprotective and incredibly generous. She also showed affection by feeding her loved ones. It was hard to watch your diet around Lenore. She was a woman who was completely immersed in her Christian faith. She was very active in her churches through the years, which included St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Kansas City, and St. Paul’s in Lee’s Summit. Studying the Bible was a way of life for her, and she loved being a part of prayer chains, Bible studies, and watching Christian programming. She loved all things British, inspired by her wonderful mother, who was from Northampton, England. Her trip to England with Dick was one of the highlights in her life, and she was able to observe and take part in the activities surrounding the death of Princess Diana while they were there. Lenore was an avid reader and walker. She firmly believed in the importance of getting outside and exercising every day, which she continued into her nineties. She was an example of love, devotion, perseverance and faith throughout her life, all while looking fabulous doing it. Lenore was our keeper of family information, our confidante, our advocate, our biggest fan, our spiritual guide, and our fashion icon. We will miss her more than words can express.