When your 100th birthday is a few weeks away, can anyone blame you for celebrating early? Although her birthday isn't until Dec. 6, Agnes Fox had a party with family and friends on Friday and will celebrate again soon with friends at Cumberland Crossing Assisted Living in McCandless.
She was one of 10 children -- eight girls and two boys -- born to John K. Waldron and the former Elizabeth Herbst in Elliott. She attended St. James School and was in the first class to graduate from Annunciation High School, since closed.
As a child, she sometimes worked in her father's store, Waldron Electric in McKees Rocks. When she was around 12 or 13, she remembers demonstrating a new waffle iron in the shop window and two of her siblings serving waffles to bystanders who were listening to a sporting event on the radio.
She took classes at Duquesne University and taught third and fourth grades for five years. During World War II, she volunteered at the USO canteen in Penn Station and for the Pittsburgh Guild for the Blind. While working as a secretary for Fuller Brush Co., she met A.C. Fox, a district manager. They married in 1950 and she became stepmother to his three stepchildren, Peggy and David, both deceased, and Geraldine Saubion of California. Mr. Fox retired after 46 years with the company and they spent the next 17 years traveling around the United States and Canada and to Jamaica and Barbados. Mr. Fox passed away in 1985.
Mrs. Fox moved to Cumberland Crossing in 2008 and is a member of the Cumberland Chicks, a chapter of the Red Hat Society.
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