‘Wonderful lady’ turning 100 on 11/11/11
By Cindy Wojdyla Cain firstname.lastname@example.org November 10, 2011 6:06PM
Chella Fox, formerly of Lockport and now a resident of The Inn at Willow Falls in Crest Hill, will turn 100 on 11/11/11. | Matthew Grotto~Sun-Times Media
Updated: December 13, 2011 8:10AM
CREST HILL — Chella Fox wore high heels and drove a car until she was 92.
That spunk and spirit has carried her even further. She turn 100 Friday, on 11/11/11.
The longtime Lockport resident will celebrate her birthday at her current home in the Falls of Willow Inn in Crest Hill and at Lockport Methodist Church.
The secret to living a long life is that there is no secret, Fox said Wednesday.
“I have no rules and regulations,” she said.
But there is common sense, said the centenarian, who was dressed in a chic white lace top, a black skirt and low-heeled pumps.
“I’ve tried to be very careful about my body and to obey what doctors told me and I’ve been successful,” she said.
Fox has lived a long and vibrant life, say those who know her.
“She is a wonderful lady and has a wonderful sense of humor,” said Jan Anderson, whose daughter is married to Fox’s grandson Jon Weis of Lockport. “In her lifetime, she has seen so much.”
Fox said she doesn’t really remember World War I much because she was a child at the time. But she does remember that an uncle returned home safely, and she is appreciative of the fact that her family never suffered a war loss through the years.
Fox grew up on a farm in southern Illinois. Her husband, Vogel, now deceased, lived close by. After high school, they married and moved up to Lockport when Vogel became a prison guard in Joliet.
Fox is named after one of her mother’s two best friends. Fox’s mom often told the story about how she vowed to name her baby after the first of the two friends to write her a letter after the baby was born. Chella wrote first, which was a good thing.
“The other friend was nicknamed Dizzy,” Anderson explained.
Fox had one daughter, Tedra “Teddy” who is now deceased, and two grandsons, Jon and Jim Weis. Jim is a TV producer in California.
Anderson said she has been amazed by Fox’s spirit and longevity. “Up until three years ago, she lived in her own house,” she said.
Fox is surprised but grateful she’s lived so long.
“I just can’t believe it,” she said. “I can’t believe that this has happened to me. It’s been interesting. I haven’t had great big experiences. I’ve just lived a life and had a lot of help from people I knew, and my friendships meant a lot.”