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Marco Fox and Orma Lister
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Marco Bettis (Fuchs) Fox was born on July 11, 1911, in Abernathy, Texas, sharing this birthdate with his twin brother Marion. He endured rheumatic fever as a child, and he has struggled with complications from that illness throughout his life.
On April 15, 1941, Marco married Ruby Orma Lister of Lovington, New Mexico. She was born on June 7, 1921.
Marco was in the Army Air Force during World War II and served all over the United States. He was in California waiting to be shipped to the South Pacific when the atomic bombs were dropped on Japan, and he says, "since our Generals estimated that it would take about 1.5 million casualties to invade Japan and since the bombs only killed about 300,000 thousand Japs, I have always thanked our President for dropping the bombs. Because I was one of the 1.5 million."
After the war he worked in oil refineries in New Mexico, Wyoming, and Oklahoma. Marco and Orma have two sons: Ronald Marco Fox (1943 - ) and Terry Leroy Fox (1945 - ). Below, this picture of the boys appeared on the family Christmas card for 1948.
Above, Terry and Ronnie, Steve and Kenny in front of Grossmama and Grosspapa's house in Ruidoso in the summer of 1954. Below, Terry, Grosspapa, Grossmama, Ronnie, and Marco in 1958.
After his retirement from working in the oil industry, Marco and Orma returned to Lovington where he found new pastimes working on his computer and baking pecan pies. For many years he has kept all of the family informed and entertained with his newsletters and anecdotes and recollections of growing up in the Fuchs family.
For many years Marco and Orma made frequent visits with Vernon and Ruth, and Orma and Ruth always enjoyed sharing recipes and patterns for different types of hand-crafts. Below, they spend time together at Vernon and Ruth's home in Eddy, Texas during the mid-1980s.
On a visit in October 1994, Ruth and Orma discuss a recipe:
In September 2004 Orma suffered a stroke, which severely impaired her speech and movements. She managed to endure a long struggle with intense pain, and she past away on September 17, 2005.