Churchville - Fern Kathleen Acomb Wilcox, 67, of Churchville, an attorney in private practice in Churchville, died Saturday, February 17, 2018 at Strong Memorial Hospital, in Rochester.
Mrs. Acomb Wilcox was born December 30, 1950 in Batavia, a daughter of the late Robert and Marjorie (Fischer) Acomb.
She was a graduate of Leroy High School in 1969 where she furthered her education at SUNY Geneseo for Law and graduated in 1979 with honors. Continuing on to Columbus School of Law at the Catholic University of America in Washington DC in 1979 where she also graduated with honors in 1982. From there, she continued her education by attending Arkansas School of Law from 1982 - 1983 for agricultural law. She received her law degree in 1984 where she then became a member of Florida Bar Association in 1985. She started practicing law in 1986 and was then elected public defender in 1986 and served until 1992. She continued practicing law up until the time of her death. She was a passionate law guardian and advocate for the Youth of Genesee County.
She was a faithful member of the First Presbyterian Church in Bergen and also the Asher Baptist Church. She was an eloquent speaker and fluent writer who had several articles published in the New York State auctioneer. Fern had a love for animals including showing horses where she won national Appaloosa Queen in 1970 and 1971. Her love for nature extended beyond animals to include landscaping her homestead which was often filled and ornately decorated with beautiful flowers and plants.
Fern was a compassionate, selfless and honorable soul who led by example and always stayed true to her values. Her love for her family and her faith in God were unrivaled and she will forever be missed.
Her husband, G. Harris Wilcox, died July 17, 2010.
Survivors include 5 siblings, Elizabeth (Briggs) Cunningham of KY, Robert (Marilyn) Acomb, III of FL, Marjorie (late John) Kuszlyk of Batavia, Heather (Mark) Stoltman of KY and Crystal (Patrick) Casper of Stafford; a sister-in-law, Barbara Acomb of Buffalo; survived by several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
She was the sister of the late William Acomb and Bruce Acomb.
Friends may call on Friday from 2 to 6 p.m. at H.E. Turner & Co, Funeral Home, 403 E. Main St., Batavia. Services will be at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, February 24, 2018 at Bergen Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 38 S. Lake St., Bergen. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Bergen Evangelical Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 206, Bergen, NY 14416 or to Wilmot Cancer Center, 601 Elmwood Ave., Rochester, NY 14642. Private burial will be in Stafford Rural Cemetery in Stafford, NY. Please leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.