1878 - 1967 (88 years)
Has 2 ancestors and 53 descendants in this family tree.
||Marion Louise Nicholson |
|Relationship||with Francis Fox|
||9 Aug 1878
||Fonthill, Ontario, Canada
||4 May 1967
||Friend's Burial Ground, Jordans, Nr. Beaconsfield, England
||29 Aug 2000 |
||Howard Nicholson, b. Abt 1842, Colchester, Essex, England , d. Lexden, Essex, England |
||Louisa Charlotte Bowman, b. Abt 1845, d. Yes, date unknown |
||2 siblings |
||Group Sheet | Family Chart
||George Alexander Fox, b. 18 Dec 1876, Falmouth, Cornwall, England , d. 14 Jun 1965, Buckinghamshire, England (Age 88 years) |
||10 Sep 1902
||Stoke Newington Meeting House
| ||1. Joseph Howard Fox, b. 15 Jul 1904, Banbury, Oxford, England , d. 4 May 1905, Banbury, Oxford, England (Age 0 years)|
| ||2. George Newberry Fox, O.B.E., b. 25 Mar 1906, Banbury, Oxfordshire, England , d. 12 Dec 1979, Carlisle, Cumbria, England (Age 73 years)|
| ||3. Ellwood Fox, b. 4 Jan 1910, d. 6 Mar 1910 (Age 0 years)|
|+||4. Rev. Ronald Nathaniel Fox, b. 24 Jul 1914, Colchester, Essex, England , d. 4 Jun 1974, St.Germans, Lewisham, Tasmania, Australia (Age 59 years)|
||29 Aug 2000 |
||Group Sheet | Family Chart
- Priior to marriage lived at 4 Grove Lane, Stamford Hill, London.
"Answered Prayer and Village News"
MARION LOUISE FOX was the devoted wife of George Alexander Fox for over 60 years, and they went to be with the Lord within two years of each other. His work was hers, and she was a true help-meet. Nevertheless she was also a character in her own right, and her story is worth telling, albeit briefly.
She was born at Fonthill, Ontario, to Howard and Louisa Nicholson, and her spiritual heritage was a rich one, Both parents were converted while Marion was a little girl, and Louisa brought gifts of voice and charm to her husband's more solid temperament and integrity of character.
Howard Nicholson decided to forsake business, and on the family's return to England, when Marion was eight years old, he became the leader of the Friends' Centre at Barnet Grove in Bethnal Green.
George Fox's first sight of Marion was when she was leading the seventy-strong infants' class at Barnet Grove Sunday School. Her marriage to him in 1902 was simply a transfer from one life of busy Christian activity to another.
She had a healthy social conscience as well as a concern for souls, and at the same time as she was standing by her husband as he obeyed his call to take the gospel to England's villages, she was working amongst members of the Women's Adult School at Colchester and serving on the Board of Guardians as well as forming a Women's Bible Class whose membership reached the 200 mark.
Her own work did not become her obsession so that her husband's corcerns were forgotten. An F.E.B. Blessing Box holder who had formed the habit of putting aside a halfpenny every time she heard the 'All Clear' during World War 2 writes, " I was on the bus going into town the day after war ended and a dear lady sat beside me and said what a blessing it was that it was all over. I happened to mention about the money and she told me about the F.E.B. -- would I like to give it to them? I have still got the Blessing Box, and it will always be a memory of that lady" - who was, of course, Marion Fox.
The Fox's home was open house to any who needed it, and Band workers and others were often quests there for the day or for week-ends and longer periods.
One Band member particularly remembers the house being placed at his disposal when he felt the need to get away from his work and spend a whole day in quietness with the Lord.
Marion was a gracious hostess, and the home was a serene and godly place.
One branch of the F.E.B. work which seemed to capture her enthusiasm was the display of texts on Railway Stations. She shared this enthusiasm with the members of her Women's Class to such an extent that about 10 posters were adopted and are still largely supported by that meeting.
Each time a new text was to appear she would hold up a copy before them, telling them to memorise it and pray for it every day.
Members of the Women's Class have written loving tributes to her and she is still very real to all who knew her. They would endorse the comment of the one who says in her letter, "They were happy days, and she was a very pleasant person."
One of the elderly members says, "Mrs. Fox was a wonderful wife, a sensible mother, and a true servant of the Lord. She was a very hard worker and visitor to her class members and if it was money that was urgently needed, she would empty her purse and say 'there, half each.' " Another writes, " I have many cards she has sent to me through the years, and reading them again brings joy, hope and faith renewed. It seems as though one hears her voice and sees her smiling face again."
They seem to remember her sense of humour, too, and one who writes of times of prayer and fellowship at the Class says, " Mrs Fox would say, 'and don't be afraid to open your mouth. If your heart comes up into your throat it will go back again.' "
Perhaps the most impressive testimony comes from one who worked for Mr and Mrs Fox when they were in Colchester. You get to know the real woman when you work in her home, and Mrs Mabel Lucas says, "It was my privilege to know Mrs Fox for well over fifty years as an ideal friend, employer and Bible Class leader. One could mention many other tributes that were hers and not least were her unselfishness, her zeal in serving, and her desire for power in witnessing so that somehow she might attract others to know her Saviour."
Marion Fox's assessment of herself might be vastly different from the picture painted by others, but Mrs Lucas gives us the key when she says, " Her sufficiency was of God, and her testimony was:
Distrust thyself but trust His grace
It is enough for thee;
In every trial thou shalt trace
Distrust thyself but trust His love,
Rest in its changeless glow,
And life or death shall only prove
Its everlasting flow.