The Amazing Life Story of Sycamore Springs Senior Living Resident, Louise Fox
ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. (February 2, 2016) – Louise Fox recently made her way across the country to make the beautiful Tennessee mountains her new home. She has lived the majority of her life in the Southwestern part of the country, including parts of Oklahoma and New Mexico, and after a brief stay in Mountain City with her daughter, Sycamore Springs is thrilled she decided to become a part of their family. Sycamore Springs Administrator, Rhonda Mitchell said, “We have found her to be a very lovely individual with some fascinating stories to share about her life.”
Louise was born on May 30, 1922 in St. Louis, Oklahoma. She was raised on a farm with seven brothers and sisters. Her mom and dad were very proud parents of Louise. She was a smart young lady who enjoyed school immensely. She shared how she always took her books home, because she liked to carry them with her and read them whenever she had the chance. “I loved all of my teachers, because I thought they made school interesting. I was always ready and excited for each new day of school,” Fox stated.
Louise graduated from St. Louis High School in 1940, where she was valedictorian of her class and received a four-year scholarship to Oklahoma City University. While there, she joined the Alpha Omega Sorority, and was introduced to her husband of 50+ years by one of her sorority sisters. His name is Roy Fox and he was a Cherokee Indian who served in the United States Army in Sallisaw, Oklahoma. Later, Roy was transferred to Albuquerque, New Mexico to set up Kirkland Air Force Base. At this time, Louise had completed three and a half years of her four-year scholarship, and even though she longed to finish, she knew she did not want to be without Roy. So, she got on a bus and went to Albuquerque to be with the man she loved. Fox explained, “I was saddened about giving up school, but hoped I would be able to go back at some point when Roy and I became settled.” The couple were then married and eventually had two children, Glenn and Janice.
During this time, World War II was going on, and she decided she would go to work for the Sandia Base instead of going back to school right away. Fox explained, “The government was hiring everyone, so I was able to get a job in the secretarial pool. After working for a while, the government encouraged that I to go back to school, where I eventually graduated with a doctorate degree.” She then continued to advance in the Atomic Energy Commission and worked there for 24 and a half years. She worked with two other women at the top of the organization handling classified documents and top priority clearances. She was able to travel to many states who were involved with the manufacturing and storage of atomic bombs. It was during this time, she was taught the Navajo language, the extremely difficult language used to develop a code that was never broken by the Japanese during the war.
After Roy's death in 2005, Louise lived by herself until May of 2015. It was then she experienced several illnesses and her daughter Janice had her flown to Tennessee so she could help take care of her. After much consideration, they made the decision to make Sycamore Springs Louise's new home. “Ms. Fox has lived a very interesting life and we are so thankful to have her here with us. We love hearing all about these incredible stories” Mitchell shared. "Sycamore Springs could not be happier to have the opportunity to become better acquainted with this courageous, enthusiastic, amazing woman."
About Legacy Senior Services, LLC
Legacy Senior Services, LLC, operates a family of senior living communities throughout the Southeast, specializing in independent living, assisted living, or Alzheimer’s care services. Headquartered in Cleveland, Tenn., the company is committed to serving the ‘Greatest Generation of Americans’ with honor, respect, faith and integrity. It was founded in 2002 by Barry Ray and Bryan Cook, senior living industry veterans. More information about Sycamore Springs Senior Living Community is available at sycamorespringssl.com or by calling (423) 518-1077.