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Wilma Lorene Fox

Wilma Lorene Fox, nee Tucker, 90 of Patterson, Missouri passed away, Friday, January 31, 2020, at her home. She was born on January 6, 1930, to John Willard and Rachel Elizabeth (Williams) Tucker. Lorene is survived by her husband of 70 years, Joseph Perry Fox. Joe and Lorene resided in Granite City, Illinois prior to their move to Patterson 35 years ago.

Lorene had a full life and was loved by so many. As a young woman, she worked at the International Shoe Company in St. Louis as a secretary where she would often be asked to model the shoes. She worked at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Granite City as a medical transcriptionist for many years and pioneered working from home so that she could also care for her school-aged children. After moving to Patterson, Lorene was the secretary at Greenville Elementary School and at Patterson Baptist Church. She was a beloved Sunday school teacher at Calvary Baptist Church in Granite City, First Baptist Church in Piedmont and then at Patterson Baptist Church. Music was very important to Lorene who served as church pianist at First Baptist Church and then at Patterson Baptist Church where she enjoyed singing duets with Joe. She also played piano for events at the Patterson Community Center. Lorene was accomplished at knitting, crocheting, and sewing and enjoyed making dolls and blankets to share with family and friends. Lorene was a woman of faith who raised her family with Christian values, and she would often quote scripture to help in times of stress. She loved to cook for her family and friends and would take particular joy in watching her grandchildren and great-grandchildren play.

Lorene was preceded in death by her parents, John and Rachel Tucker, a brother, David Tucker, and two sisters, Thela Faulkner and Virginia Trebing. Along with her husband, Lorene is survived by three daughters and their husbands, Barbara (James “Chip”) Mersinger of Granite City, IL; Deborah (Lonnie E.) Dye Jr of Serena, IL; and Janet (Mike) Matchett of Montville, NJ. She also has five grandchildren: April (Brent) Nelson, Laura (Ian) Sateikis, Lonnie E. (Quinn) Dye, III, Kaley, and Kyle Matchett. She and Joe also have four great-grandchildren and seven step-great-grandchildren. She will also be missed by a sister, Doris Fox, and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and loving friends. 

Visitation was held Monday, February 3, 2020, at Ruegg Funeral Home in Piedmont, Mo., with the funeral following also in the Piedmont Chapel. Pastor Jule Maskrod and Pastor Gary Aubuchon ministered to the family. Pallbearers were Craig Shearrer, Ian Sateikis, Mike Matchett, Fred Fox Jr and Ed Dye. Interment was in the Rowland-Woods Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in Lorene’s honor to Patterson Baptist Church in Patterson, Mo., or to Safe Harbor Hospice in Fredericktown, Mo. Online condolences can be made at

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