Dorothy Drusilla (Dot) Windsor Fox, 93, of Winchester, Virginia, died April 4, 2018. A memorial worship service will be held on Saturday, April 14 at First Baptist Church of Front Royal, 14 West First Street, Front Royal, Virginia. The reception in the Fellowship Hall and open casket viewing in the sanctuary are from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The funeral service starts at 12:30 p.m. in the sanctuary. Burial will follow at Prospect Hill Cemetery in Front Royal.
Dot was born on March 12, 1925 in Arlington, Virginia. She was an active member and leader in the Baptist church for over 70 years, including 17.5 years employed by the Mount Vernon Baptist Association in Alexandria, Virginia. Over the years, Dot held just about every position in the church including ordained Deacon, Church Council member, Women’s Missionary, Union leader, VBS Director & teacher, Sunday School teacher, Superintendent of the Adult Sunday School, Director of the Pre-school Sunday School, Co-leader of Marriage Enrichment and Dream Groups. A Co-leader of the Women’s Consciousness Raising Group during the 1970s and as the pastor’s wife she accomplished endless numbers of unnamed jobs and responsibilities. They also began working with churches in need of Intentional Interim Ministries serving 11 churches, retiring again in 2008.
Dot used her artistic talent in ceramics and throughout the years sought out opportunities that challenged her to grow personally and spiritually. She was a supporter of the women’s movement in the 1970s, picketed the White House for the Equal Rights Amendment when then First Lady Betty Ford invited her women’s group into the White House. When Dot and her husband “retired” February 1, 1988, they joined the First Baptist Church of Front Royal, Virginia.
Her survivors include her husband of over 71 years, Rev. James H. Fox; and their four daughters, Linda Fox Dickinson, Lorrie Fox and her fiancé Edward Semonian, Karen Fox and her partner Catherine Compton, and Debbie Fox Ports and her husband Glenn; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Dot was preceded in death by her brother, Marshall and her sisters, Bernice Smith and Cleo Timmons. She was the daughter of Marshall Conley Windsor and Bessie Mae Daniel Windsor.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be sent in the name of Dot Fox to the First Baptist Church of Front Royal, 14 West First Street, Front Royal, Virginia 22630 or First Baptist Church of Winchester, 205 West Piccadilly Street, Winchester, Virginia 22601.