In 1956, Josephine donated land to the Board of Trustees of the El Paso Independent School District for a school to be located at 5508 Delta Dr. that would be named in honor of her mother, Allie D. Clardy. In 1961, she gave land on Lisbon Street for a branch library named in her honor.
Josephine Clardy Fox died on May 11, 1970 at Providence Memorial Hospital. She was buried at Evergreen Cemetery in El Paso. After her death, it was discovered that she had left the majority of her estate, valued at over three million dollars at the time, to the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) . No restrictions were put on the disbursement of the funds but her only request was for $20,000 to be set aside for a scholarship fund and $2,500 for a student loan fund. Along with her monetary donation, she also left her possessions to the university.
The contributions that Josephine Clardy Fox gave to the city can still be seen today. The library and school are testaments to the enduring memory of the Clardy Fox family. Fox Plaza remains a neighborhood shopping center, and UTEP continues to benefit from the revenues of her endowment..
Josephine Clardy Fox lived an unorthodox life in many ways, but she did it “her Way,” enriching the lives around her and contributing to the community and city she called home.
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Clardy Elementary School
5508 Delta Drive, El Paso, TX 79905