Mary Diane Fox October 17,1951- January 13, 2020 The family of Mary Diane Fox, with great sadness, wish to share with her many friends the news of her passing on January 13, 2020 at the Tahoe Forest Hospital in Truckee. Mary was a true “nature’s child” of Lake Tahoe, having grown up and played here since birth. She was the descendent of Tahoe pioneers; her great grandfather Robert Larden Fulton came to northern Nevada with the railroad in the late 1800’s as a land agent. She was born to John and Barbara Fulton in the same hospital room at the Grass Valley Hospital as her father had been born decades before. Her father was from a mining family in Reno, NV, and her mother was raised in Colfax, CA From an early age, Mary was an explorer of the world around her. As a young girl living in West Sacramento, she traveled to Lake Tahoe on weekends with her parents who developed and managed the Fulton Water Co. in Carnelian Bay. Mary and her mother would sit on the trunk of the family’s Ford Galaxy to gain traction in the snow while her father was driving them over the old Donner Summit. Once here, they often had to hike up from the highway to their cabin as the roads were not plowed in the neighborhood. She loved to tramp the wooded paths around the family cabin, and she said that the giant cedars had seen her grandfather before her. As a teenager Mary would troll the area for boys– who were few and far between back then. In true hippie fashion, she made her own clothes as a young adult. While working as a negative retoucher at Bill Smith Photography in Sacramento, Mary met her future husband Craig Fox and quickly brought him under her magic spell. They struck out and created their own photography studio in Elk Grove CA, raising their children while feeding them fresh vegetables from a plot in the backyard. Mary’s great love was growing and preparing food which went best with wine and good friends. She inherited her talent for fast driving from her father and socializing from her mother, making friends wherever she went. Moving permanently to Tahoe during the 1980’s, Mary studied to became a licensed herbalist and became known as “Mother Nature” as she ministered to her friends medical needs. One summer she canoed around the lake with her teenage son Jason, camping on the shore as they went. When her daughter Heather was young she started a Daisy troop, which became a Girl Scout troop. As the girls grew they planned and financed trips to the Girl Scout compounds in Mexico and Switzerland. Four of her scouts earned the coveted Gold Award by the end of their scouting careers. Mary and her husband took control of the management of the water company after her father retired. While running the family business she still found time to travel to Mexico and Europe She could also be found at herbal conferences around the U.S., adding to her education. Mary was an avid hiker and joined the 165-Mile Club by hiking the entire Tahoe Rim Trail with her friend Maureen Marple. She said that with her herbalist knowledge she would be able to live from what she found in the woods. She was a great advocate of forest bathing. Mary also enjoyed expressing her musical talents by playing her Djembe with her friends during African drum circles. She was also a skilled bocce ball player and could toss with the best of them without spilling a drop from her wine glass. Mary and Craig had just completed their “mini-farm retirement home” in Grass Valley when she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. She gave it her best for two years, punching back until the end. Mary was surrounded by her loving family and beloved cats as she made the great leap back into the eternal universe. She is survived by her husband Craig; children Lalena, Jason and Heather; her grandchildren Timmothy and Justine; her great grandchildren Skylar, Timmy, Cody, Jade and Lizzie, plus the cats Phantom and Gypsie, sometimes known as “devil girl.” As a life-long San Francisco Giants fan who went to the 1962 World Series, Mary would like to remind you to sing these sacred words in her honor. “When the Giants come to town, it’s bye, bye baby. Every time the chips are down, it’s bye, bye baby!”
In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the non-profit United Plant Savers (unitedplantsavers.org). A celebration-of-life get together is planned for the spring.
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