PLEASE wear a mask during your time with Madeline on Tuesday and keep to social distancing guidelines.
Wednesday's Service will be streamed for you to be with us in spirit.

Madeline Elizabeth Fox

March 17, 1995May 14, 2020

Madeline Elizabeth Fox, 25, died unexpectedly on May 14th, 2020. Treasured daughter, granddaughter, sister, niece, cousin and friend to many, Madeline was born in Raleigh, North Carolina on March 17, 1995 to Michael and Wanda Fox of Raleigh. She is survived by her parents, beloved brother and sister, Kevin Fox (22) and Katherine “Kat” Fox (20), both of Raleigh, grandmother Betty Fox of Raleigh, David and Richelle Fox and their children, Hannah, Jerry, Abigail and Dylan Fox of Dallas, Texas, Leslie Fox of Raleigh, cats Luna and Beignet, extended family and countless close friends from coast to coast.

Madeline attended Oak Hill Academy in Virginia and Auldern Academy in Pittsboro, NC before graduating from Middle Creek High School in Apex, NC. After graduation she briefly attended business school at UNC Charlotte before moving on to study two of her favorite forms of expression, esthetics and culinary arts. In 2016 she moved to Washington DC to attend Aveda Institute while simultaneously learning and working as a pastry chef. Even as she loved free-lancing as a make-up artist for models and brides, by the time she graduated from Aveda Madeline realized her true calling and passion in life was the culinary industry, and she began pursuing her career with full force. She used her diverse talents to help open several independent restaurants from the ground up and trained in some of DC’s most renowned restaurants, including Le Diplomat and DBGB DC.

Weary from the big city and missing her family and roots, Madeline returned to Raleigh in late 2018 and shortly thereafter joined the esteemed team at Second Empire Restaurant and Tavern. It was during this time that she felt her professional skills were being brilliantly refined as she flourished under the tutelage and mentorship of Executive Chef Daniel Schurr. This was one of the happiest times in her life, and we are forever grateful to have seen her blossom and grow right here in her hometown. Madeline’s hard work and talent were recognized, and she was preparing to move on to her first Sous Chef position at The Peak on Salem in Apex after the pandemic restrictions are lifted. She was so excited to start this new chapter, and we were enormously proud and happy for her.

Madeline had an incredible zest for living life to its fullest. She lit up every room she entered with her amazing smile, wicked and unending wit, huge personality and infectious laugh. She adored cooking extravagant meals as well as comfort food and feeding everyone in her home. All were welcome! Madeline was someone who always demonstrated deep compassion and empathy for her friends and family. She wanted to support everyone’s needs, save every animal, and help anyone with anything she possibly could. She was selfless, loving, passionate and full of incredible energy.

Our hearts will be forever broken that Madeline’s life was cut short so soon, and we are comforted by the outpouring of love, pictures and memories from so many who also loved her.

Visitation with Madeline will be held on Tuesday, May 26th, 2020 from 2:30pm – 6:30pm at Mitchell Funeral Home, 7209 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh, NC. You may visit any time during these hours; however, family will not be present at this time due to health concerns. Please note that CDC social distancing guidelines will be in place and masks are encouraged.

A Memorial Service and Celebration of Life will be livestreamed over the internet on Wednesday, May 27th at 2pm. All are invited to log on remotely to view the service and to be with our family in spirit. (https://www.facebook.com/MitchellFuneralRaleigh). Zoom meeting 719 772 5406 as an alternative source to view the service as well.

Memorial donations may be made to an organization that was very dear to Madeline’s heart, NBIA Disorders Association, 2082 Monaco Ct. El Cajon, CA 92019-4235; www.nbiadisorders.org. Alternately, please consider feeding someone who is hungry, forgiving a debt, reconciling a relationship, or performing a random act of kindness in memory of Madeline.

If you feel uncomfortable attending the visitation due to health concerns - we highly encourage you to leave a favorite memory of Madeline or message of condolence to the family below within "add a memory". The family will be given a printed copy of all messages left.


  • Time with Madeline

    Tuesday, May 26, 2020

  • Private Family Service (Live Streamed)

    Wednesday, May 27, 2020



Madeline Elizabeth Fox

have a memory or condolence to add?

Jessica Willer-Morton

May 28, 2020

Back in our Starbucks days we always had fun . She was the type of person that always wanted to help others . Thank you for always noticing when I was too exhausted to walk 30 minutes home from work to offer a ride . Even if I refused she always say Jess come on 😊. Thank you for all the good laughs we shared . You are such a beautiful soul . I’m going to miss you dearly . RIP paradise .

Kristi Ford

May 26, 2020

My favorite memory of her as an adult was when she was a Rapunzel for Lexie's birthday party. She was a true princess, as always. All the little girls adored her as she danced around with them and sang. It reminded me of her joy and spirit as a little girl. It was the greatest joy seeing her playing with my kids as I had done with her years earlier. I am so grateful for the privilege to be part of her life growing up. Thank you for letting me be part of your family. Hugs and blessings to you all.

Victoria Shirley

May 22, 2020

Madi was one of my first friends at oak hill . She was kind, humorous and just overall full of love and life. She truly could make someone feel better anytime she was near. She was a good soul and would have gone on to become an amazing Chef. She will be missed by so many of us from Oak hill and her memories always cherished.

Victoria Beckmann

May 22, 2020

I only met Madeline once, at a mutual friends birthday. Madeline had her long cascading golden curls with a mint green fur coat and beautiful red lips. She brought her own wine with her to the bar. I immediately introduced myself and thought, "Now this is a girl who does what she wants and lives boldly - wow!" That was my first impression! We continued to talk that night and were facebook friends, nothing much more. I will never forget the big first impression this beautiful girl left on me, and how much I enjoyed her straightforward posts and pictures of beautiful food. My heart goes out wholly, to all who love her.

Beth Ritter-Guth

May 22, 2020

Maddie was a student of mine at Oak Hill in the brief period when were both there. Her creativity, energy and passion were infectious. I am so incredibly sad that her bright light was extinguished too soon, and my prayers are with all who loved her.

Jean Dada

May 22, 2020

Dear Wanda and Mike,
Madeline’s obituary is the most beautiful tribute to her. It’s sounds like she touched the lives of so many.
My continued love, sympathy and prayers of comfort during this tremendous time of grief.

Katherine Crede

May 22, 2020

Miss Madi...thank you for all the hugs and giggles. Lots and lots of giggles.!❤ My condolences to the family. Prayers that your hearts will heal and be filled with memories that bring smiles instead of grief.

Kate Potter

May 22, 2020

Madi was my greatest teacher and one of my best friends. We met at Auldern in 2012, but started getting closer when I started visiting Raleigh in 2013. Since then, she was a staple in my life. She's the one who convinced me to move to North Carolina, she supported me to the moon and back when my partner passed in 2015, and her family opened their doors for me on holidays.
All she did was want to love and be loved. Her capacity for feeling for others was beyond what I've ever seen. She craved adventure, and was always game to try new experiences. She was a force to be reckoned with.
Madi wasn't afraid to talk to strangers, or help stray puppies, or help someone in need. She was a giver, and I think we can all learn something from her.
She truly changed my life and altered it's course forever, and now there will forever be a missing piece.
Sending all of the love in the world to everyone who will be missing her, too.
(Sharing this photo because we had a really awesome day that day-- we got brunch, I dragged her to the gym with me, and we sat in the sauna after...and she is glowing with happiness)

Helen Ford

May 21, 2020

Wanda and family, am so sorry for your loss and extend my thoughts and prayers to all of you. May Madeline’s life be eternal. Helen Ford

Jenny Adams

May 21, 2020

Like others, I met Madi while we worked at Starbucks in Cary for a few years. I would run into her on occasion and she’d come say hi when I worked at the Crabtree Starbucks. It always made me feel happy and appreciated whenever she’d stop in. I loved working with her.

To Madi’s parents, you raised an incredible woman. Everything that people are saying/posting about her, all the happy moments we’re remembering, all of her talents and beautiful characteristics are because of you two. She was hardworking. Beautiful inside and out. She was thoughtful. Loving. Never once took people for granted. My prayers and thoughts are with you all.


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