Phyllis Fox passed away at her home in College Station, Texas on Sunday, December 25, 2022 at the age of 87. She passed peacefully in her sleep on Christmas Day just days after enjoying a Christmas shopping spree with three of her great granddaughters.
Phyllis was born to James and Clara (Daehnert) Greebon in Zorn, Texas near San Marcos on November 24, 1935, the youngest of four children. She grew up on the family farm in Zorn where she acquired her amazing work ethic by picking cotton and doing all the chores required of farm life.
She married Dale Fox on September 13, 1956 and moved to Livingston, Texas in 1960 where she and Dale raised their three children, Jimmy, Jerry, and Judy. Dale and Phyllis moved to Bryan/College Station, Texas in 1988 and spent the next 24 years alternating between homes in College Station, Galveston, and Alamogordo, New Mexico before permanently returning to Bryan/College Station in 2012. She lost Dale in January 2021 after 64 years of marriage.
Phyllis was known to almost everyone as “Ammy,” a name she embraced after Meredith (first grandchild) was unable to correctly pronounce “Grammy.” She relished being with family, staying at home, and enjoying times of quiet reflection, providing the perfect balance for her extroverted husband. She loved her pets and one of her endearing traits was her penchant for giving nicknames to each pet she ever owned, nicknames that were generally nonsensical and always several iterations removed from the pet’s original name! (Examples available upon request.) She also taught us the fine art of “smack talking” while playing 42 and putting together jigsaw puzzles. She was extremely tough, having battled lymphoma for many years and having endured numerous rounds of chemotherapy. One would never have known it by her eternal optimism and joyful persona. She was always pleasant to spend time with and thought of others’ needs before her own.
Phyllis was a shrewd and capable businesswoman. She owned and operated Foxy Fashions in Livingston while raising a family and keeping an immaculate house. She supported Dale through all of his dreams and entrepreneurial ventures. If she ever harbored doubts about any of his impulsive pursuits, she never let on to anyone - other than perhaps him! Phyllis was a lover and follower of Jesus and had a Kingdom focus that went far beyond her local church. She especially cherished the time she spent in Bible Study Fellowship and the friendships she made there. She and Dale shared a heart for at-risk children that had never experienced the love of Jesus and were equally passionate about establishing Camp of the Hills on the shores of Lake Travis.
Phyllis was predeceased by her husband Dale; her oldest son, Jimmy; her parents; and sister, Margaret Thompson. She especially longed to be reunited with Dale and Jimmy. She is survived by Jerry and Susan Fox, her son and daughter-in-law; Judy and Chuck Byars, her daughter and son-in-law; Lisa Bowden, her daughter-in-law; seven grandchildren – Meredith Fox, Morgan Scott and husband Ricky Scott, Harrison Fox, Hayden Fox, Cassandra Fox and husband Jason Gibbons, Cody Byars, and Alexandra Bowden. She was also blessed with five great grand-children – Haley Fox, Haven Fox, Emily Scott, Sawyer Scott, and Jimie Fox Gibbons. Phyllis is also survived by her sister, Clara Spindler; brother, Jim Greebon; and a host of other relatives and friends who adored her.
Phyllis will be laid to rest after private services at Memorial Cemetery of College Station. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that any memorial contributions be made to Camp of the Hills www.campofthehills.org or a charity of your choice.
The family would especially like to thank granddaughters Meredith Fox and Morgan Scott for their loving care to Ammy especially since the passing of Dale.