Anne “Fern” Covington Fox

1913–2013

 

Anne “Fern” Covington Fox joined her Lord and Savior on November 9, 2013,  following a long life and a brief illness, from Barrett Hospital in Dillon.

Fern was born the fourth child of Samuel and Ethel Covington, in Wheatland, WY, on Dec. 26, 1913. Her parents later divorced and her mother remarried Lance Guthrie. She grew up on the family ranch near Wheatland, with her mother and stepfather, brother Al and sisters Helen, Merle and Elizabeth. They enjoyed a life full of animals and outdoor adventures, but not much money. One of Fern’s memories was travelling to the local country school. While her stepfather held a half-wild horse, she and her siblings piled into a horse cart. When the horse was let go, he ran at a full gallop all the way to the schoolhouse. The ranch was remote, and the wind blew. Fern recalled the necessity during winter months of a rope tied between the ranch house and the outhouse, so they wouldn’t be lost on their trips back and forth in the blowing snow.

Fern graduated from high school in Wheatland in 1931. The following year, she journeyed to North Platte, NE, where she attended business school. After graduation, she worked in San Luis Obispo, CA, and later in San Francisco for a number of years. In 1936, she moved to Dillon, where her sister, Elizabeth, was living, and kept books for her brother-in-law’s plumbing business. She held this position until she met her future husband, Kirk Fox, home on leave from the Navy, in 1942.

Fern and Kirk were married Feb. 23, 1943, in Yuma, AZ. Kirk was preparing to ship out to the South Pacific on the USS Franklin, and Yuma was the closest place they could marry without preparation. During the war, Fern lived in Fallon, NV, and on other base communities.

Fern and Kirk moved back to Dillon after the war, and soon their only child, Ronald David, was born, on May 23, 1946. Fern was the Dillon High School secretary from 1953 to 1960. Kirk had graduated from Western Montana College as a teacher, and they moved to Gustine, CA, that same year.  They later moved to Belgrade for a brief period, then to Milpitas, CA, where Fern worked as secretary of a daycare center. Fern and Kirk remained in Milpitas until they retired in 1978, and then returned to Dillon, where their son, Ron, had settled. They enjoyed the beauty of southwest Montana and the proximity to friends and relatives.

Fern lived her life with grace, love and dignity, always taking into consideration the needs and interests of others.  She had charm, wit, intelligence and a sense of humor that will be greatly missed by the many family and friends who so loved her.

Fern is preceded in death by almost everyone, but most especially by her siblings and her husband, and is survived by her loving and devoted son, Ron, and many nephews and nieces across multiple generations, all of whose lives were enriched by her association.

Fern’s life will be celebrated in Twin Bridges from K&L Mortuaries at 11 a.m. on Friday, with interment following at the Twin Bridges Cemetery.

Fern’s family wishes to thank the doctors and staff of Barrett Memorial Hospital who made her final days as comfortable as possible and her many loyal friends and neighbors who sustained her with visits and help. Memorials may be directed to Barrett Memorial Hospital or the First Presbyterian Church in Dillon.