Geraldine Boblitt Fox, 79, of Vineland, N.J., co-owner of a landscaping firm in Pittsgrove, N.J., died of cardiac arrest on Thursday, Dec. 22, at Inspira Medical Center in Vineland.
Born in Philadelphia, Mrs. Fox grew up in Grays Ferry, where her family lived above a convenience store run by her father, Samuel.
Mrs. Fox graduated from Abraham Lincoln High School, married Ellis Fox, and moved to Norma, in Salem County, N.J., in 1963, where they operated his family's Esso gasoline and repair station.
In 1971, the Foxes sold the station and began to work at Alliance Landscaping in Norma.
Their son Mark said Mrs. Fox ran the office and her husband ran the field work until, in 1980, they bought the firm, which her family still owns.
Mrs. Fox was a member and supporter of the Alliance Synagogue in Norma, of which Mark Fox is president.
At times over the years, Mrs. Fox was a leader in a parent-teacher organization, a Girl Scout troop, and a Boy Scout den, and in the 1980s was a board member for the Vineland High School marching band.
Into 2016, Mrs. Fox was a member of the Nostalgia Knights Car Club in Vineland. As its secretary in recent years, she helped arrange its annual Salute to the Veterans car show to help support the Veterans Memorial Home in Vineland.
Robin Cohen, a neighbor, said she had known Mrs. Fox for 26 years, since she married into the Cohen family, longtime friends of the Foxes.
As members of the Knights Car Club, the Cohens and the Foxes "would go to car shows almost every weekend," she said.
"She was amazing," Cohen said. "Strong. Encouraging. Kind."
Besides her son, Mrs. Fox is survived by her husband; son Stuart; daughter Heddi Sutherland; and five grandchildren.
Services were Tuesday, Dec. 27.
Donations may be sent to the Veterans Memorial Home at www.nj.gov/military/veterans/vinelandhm.
Condolences may be offered to the family at ronefuneralservice.com.