Mettie Z. Fox

Mettie Z. Fox

Mettie Z. Fox, born on April 23, 1940, in Utica, Mississippi, was the fourth of eight children to Percy Sr. and Susie Richards, both of whom predeceased her. She embraced Christianity, accepting Christ as her personal Savior, and was an active member of the New Light Missionary Baptist Church. Her involvement in the church was notable, particularly in the Mission ministry where she regularly served.

Mettie received her education from the school district of Muskegon Heights, Michigan, where she demonstrated exceptional proficiency in Spanish and Literature. This passion was not short lived, but rather a lifelong pursuit, culminating in the publication of her own poems. Her remarkable talent for spontaneously crafting poetry was truly inspiring.

Mettie met the love of her life the late Arthur James Fox, they united in holy matrimony on July 28, 1961. To this union five amazing daughters were conceived Robin (Jeff) Allen, Renita (LaVelle) Blackwell, Latricia Fox, LaShawn (Aaron) Madry and LaShelle Fox.

Mettie had a long-standing career of over 25 years at Kmart corporation, where she held various roles, including management positions. She chose to retire in 2002. In her leisure time, Mettie took pleasure in strolling through the Cleveland Metro parks, showcasing her culinary skills, and hosting festive dinners for family and friends. She was known for her hospitality and would warmly welcome anyone who showed up at her doorstep for a meal.

Her generosity was not limited to providing food but extended to sharing her resources and helping those in need. She was a shining light of compassion in our world, always prepared to lend a hand without a second thought. Her kind and giving spirit will always be known as her legacy.

Mettie’s cherished memories will continue to live on through her eight grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren, and two great great grandchildren. Three brothers Percy Jr deceased (Cynthia) Richards from Flint, MI, Curie (Mary) Richards also from Flint MI and Albert Richards of Muskegon, MI. Four sisters Evelyn Smith from Flint, MI, Betty Montgomery from Grand Rapids, MI, Alma Pratt from Flint, MI, and Shirley (Robert) Madison from Norton Shores, MI. Mettie’s heart held a special place for numerous cousins, nephews, nieces, and friends.

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