Leah Louise Fox, “Lone Woman” 30, loving mother, daughter, sister, auntie entered the loving arms of our Lord in Great Falls, MT on January 1, 2020.
Leah was born to Tina Ell and Curtis Fox, Sr. on August 23, 1989 in Havre, MT. She was raised in Fort Belknap & Hays and grew up with her siblings, and many cousins of Fox Drive. Leah attended school in Harlem, some high school in Hays and graduated from Harlem High School in May 2008. She later went on and attended Fort Belknap College in which she received her Associates of Science in Allied Health in May 2011. Leah worked at Island Mountain Development Group (IMDG), Fort Belknap Head Start (FBHS), and Fort Belknap Indian Health Services.
“Leah Beans” was always a good time to be around and loved going to family gatherings to spend time with her loved ones. She would always make sure she didn’t come empty handed, and always made sure to bring her famous potato salad, jello cake, or another dish to family dinners. Leah was always known to be the wild one of her siblings and she loved to have a good time, she was called “Wild Chips” from close family. Leah always had an eye for photography, for both the beauty of outdoors and at gatherings. She used to be able to capture the moment and sneak pictures that you wouldn’t have even noticed she took. Leah had a contagious laugh and would always get the biggest kick out of things to the point where she would have tears, and you would laugh too. She loved jamming to older country music and didn’t care for the new country music that was out. “Wild Chips” had a heart of gold, and always put her family and loved ones before herself. She was always known to be a daddy’s girl and had a special bond with her father. For being named “Lone Woman” she was very social & would always make sure to make time for everyone, and always tried to keep her family close no matter what happened, she was the glue that kept everyone together. Leah always made sure to make time for her mother and siblings to get together throughout the year and loved to reminisce and bring up childhood memories. She was known as a great mom and would do anything for her daughter Maeli Jean, who meant the world to her.
Leah loved animals and being outdoors, she had several pets throughout her life and always took great care of them. She would talk about riding horses and would always talk about how her day went when she had to get up to feed & water them, or if any of them got loose and had to go find them. One of Leah’s favorite pets she had was her “Goat”, she would always talk about how crazy he was and how he thought he was a rez dog roaming New Town with other rez dogs. Leah also had a crafty side to her that she didn’t even know existed. She used to always say she didn’t have the patience to bead like her sister and mother, but she made her daughter a traditional raw hide belt that she learned to make from her uncle Phillip, Sr. She was so proud of her creation, and she redid things several times to make sure it was perfect for her daughter to dance in.
At her time working for FBHS she loved working as an aide for her nephew, and as a co-teacher. She loved working with kids and would always have stories to tell of students in her class. She would be happy whenever they would see her out of school and say, “Hi Teacher!” or give her a hug. Leah also loved her time working for IMDG, she held various positions such as Call Rep, Team Lead, Processor, Floor Manager, & AR Rep. She loved the people she worked around and always had stories of crazy things that happened at work that made her and co-workers laugh that got them in trouble.
Leah was preceded in death by her son Kainen Lane Fox, her maternal grandparents, Selena & Art Ditmar, Louise Ell & Floyd Wanamaker; her paternal grandparents Leona & Stephen Fox, Sr.; Jean Blackbird (God-mother). Surviving are her parents Tina Ell of Fort Belknap & Curtis Fox, Sr of Hays; her daughter Maeli Jean Fox; sisters Kara and Colleen of Havre; brothers Corey of Fort Belknap and Curtis Jr. of Hays; Larry Ell (God-father); and her many uncles and aunties, nieces and nephews & numerous cousins on both sides of her family from all ove
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