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Different City, Different Time - Same Teacher

trio1aBella Dix's ears perked up when her second-grade teacher at the Rhodora Donahue Academy in Ave Maria, Linda Fox, told the class that she grew up in Ohio.

"My mother's from Ohio, too," the seven-year-old girl told her.

So when the two women met at a parent-teacher conference, they learned they had more in common than just hailing from the same state. It turns out that Mrs. Dix had Mrs. Fox as her high school religion teacher 22 years ago in Columbus, OH. At right, l-r, Mrs. Dix, Bella and Mrs. Fox.

Both had different last names then, and didn't immediately make the connection until Mrs. Dix said that she attended Bishop Watterson High School, where Mrs. Fox got her first teaching job in the late 1980s.

Both women followed different paths from Ohio to Ave Maria. Mrs. Dix and her husband, Daniel, settled in Sanibel before opening The Bean of Ave Maria and The Queen Mary Pub and Grille in the town center. Mrs. Fox's husband, Jim, was in the first class to graduate from the Ave Maria School of Law before they moved with their five children to Naples, where Mr. Fox is an attorney with the firm of Roetzel & Andress.

"Hard to believe," said Mrs. Dix. "It's quite a coincidence."



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