Katherine Jo Fox
1946 – 2014
Katherine Jo Fox, 67, passed away in her sleep at home on Saturday, March 1, 2014, in Alpine Forest. Services will be held on Friday, March 14, 2014, at 9 a.m., at the Wood Family Funeral Service Chapel. She will be laid to rest following the funeral service, at Bakersfield National Cemetery, Arvin, at 10:45 a.m.
Katherine was born Dec. 19, 1946, in Kansas City, Missouri, to Phillip Martin and Hazel Dean (McCraw) Bieker. She left for Los Angeles, to join the California Job Corps in the early ‘60s. She earned her G.E.D. and worked her way to the position of legal secretary where she was a valued and needed part of various law firms. She eventually gave birth to her daughter, Michele, then her son, Elliot. After three failed marriages, she met her present husband, David Mitchell Fox. He had never married and, with caution, they lived together and were engaged for seven years – to make sure they were right for each other. They were married in 1997 by Katherine's cousin, who was a licensed minister, at her cousin's home in Pleasant Hill.
They lived in Simi Valley, in David's house until they discovered a great lot in Alpine Forest. There they decided they would build their forever dream log home. By the summer of 2000, David had secured a log home supplier and all the permits, and began construction of the dream home, all of this while still working fulltime. After the harsh winter of 2000 – 2001, with five foot plus snowdrifts in the roofless home, he eventually finished it himself after one and a half years. Katherine always bragged to her friends about how her husband built this home for her and how she loved it very much.
Over a period of 12 years together, they put in a lawn, lots of roses, fruit trees, beautiful perennials, pines, and a greenhouse for veggies, all of which they nurtured. Together they watched the trees start to mature; these were Katherine's valued hobbies. In 2009, Katherine's husband built a beautiful koi pond and stream with an arched bridge. Katherine loved to spend time there and named all of the fish after people she loved – those who had passed through hers and David's lives.
Katherine was preceded in death by her mother, Hazel; her father, Phillip; her brother, Albert; and the most painful to endure, her son, Elliot, who passed at the young age of 25 years old. But he left to survive her a handsome grandson, Ryan, who was her pride and joy, along with her beautiful daughter, Michele.
That was her life in a nutshell. She will be missed dearly by her family and friends.
Katherine loved flowers and the family has asked that, in her memory, flowers be sent to Wood Family Funeral Service, which has been entrusted with her care. For condolences please visit woodmortuary.net.