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Amanda M. (Appleby) Fox




   Amanda M. Appleby, daughter James and Nancy (Lane) Appleby, was born November 28, 1845, two miles southeast of Morrisville, Missouri.   She passed into the future life, at her home near Fair Play, Missouri, at 8:20 p.m., Thursday, March 15, 1923, aged 77 years, 3 months and 15 days.

   She was on of a family of seventeen children, of whom five are now living, as follows:  W. R. Appleby of Topeka, Kansas; J. M. Appleby of Tecumseh, Oklahoma; E. A. Appleby of Grenola, Kansas; Maggie I. Mitchell of Hamilton, Kansas; and Cynthia O. Brower of Springfield, Missouri.

   She was united in marriage to W.N.C.C.A. Fox, July 13, 1868.  With her husband and family six years were spent in Cedar county, one year in her mother's home, and twenty-five years on the farm two miles southeast of Fair Play.  In 1902 the family moved to Oklahoma, where they lived until November, 1920, when they returned to Fair Play, and a little later purchased and moved onto the farm a mile west of Fair Play, the present home the family.

   Of her own family she is survived by her devoted husband and two sons; James E., his wife Addie and their three children, William Russell, Raymond W. and Stella Marie, all of Mountain View, Oklahoma; and Robert S. and wife Christina, who made their home with deceased and her husband.  By their loving ministrations, those of her faithful nurse, Miss Nellie Jennings, and also the presence of her son, James E., her last days and hours were lightened of much suffering.

   She was preceded to the better world by three children; an infant daughter, unnamed; Ida A. born July 13, 1869, died February3, 1886; Amy J. born January 10, 1871, and died July 12, 1887.

   Aunt Amanda, as she was familiarly known, was converted to God in her girlhood days, and joined the Cumberland Presbyterian church.  In 1872 she became a member of the Fair Play M. E. church  After removing to Oklahoma her membership was transferred to the Mount Pleasant M. E. church near Sedan, Oklahoma, and in that fellowship she remained until the return of the family to Fair Play, when with her family she again united with the Fair Play congregation.

   As wife, mother, neighbor and Christian, Aunt Amanda Fox was beloved by all who knew her.  She was a woman of deep convictions and was ever loyal to her sense of right.  Her place in the church and in society will be hard to fill.  In her home and in the hearts of friends her place must ever remain vacant.

   Seven weeks ago Mrs. Fox fell while in the cellar of her home, and severely injured her hip, and had been confined to her bed since.  This injury was no doubt the direct cause of her death.

   Funeral services were conducted in the Methodist church in Fair Play, at 11 a. m., Sunday, March 1 8 by her pastor, J. W. Mathews.  The church was filled with neighbors and friends of the deceased, though at the hour the severest storm of the winter was raging.

  Internment was made in Akard cemetery, by the side of her three daughters who had gone before.

This obit was contributed by Mary Ellen Sarbaugh in September 1987.

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10 April 2006