Shirley Pearl Foster

February 22, 1957February 19, 2021

Shirley Pearl Foster, age 63 of West Lafayette, passed away on Friday, February 19, 2021 following an extended illness.

She was born February 22, 1957, in Coshocton, Ohio, to the late Harry Ray and Elma (Darr) Carnes. She graduated from River View School in 1975 and worked at Burger Chef, Turner Hardware, then worked as a STNA at Autumn Health Care, Oak Pointe of Baltic, Ohio and Lafayette Pointe for many years until becoming disabled.

Shirley enjoyed baking and gardening in her flower bed. She also enjoyed spending time with her children, her family and her dogs.

On September 22, 1978, Shirley married David Alan Foster who survives. Together they had 2 boys, Brian Keith Foster of Noble County and Travis Lee Foster of Manassas, Virginia and step son, Scott Alan Foster of West Lafayette; 5 grandchildren and 1 great granddaughter; three brothers, Harold Eugene (Charlotte) Carnes of Coshocton, Robert Lee Carnes of Kentucky, and Jeff Lynn (Linda) Carnes of Coshocton, two sisters Linda Rae Nichols and Anna Marie (Dwight) Jenkins both of Coshocton; and special friends including, Lynn Wilson of Frazeysburg, Steve Timberlake of Kentucky, Robert Worthington of West Lafayette and Hattie Gipe of West Lafayette.

Along with her parents, Shirley is preceded in death by her sister Marsha Jean Ruby, brother Clifford Earl Carnes and brother-in-law, Martin Nichols and several aunts, uncles and nieces.

Graveside services will be held on Thursday, February 25, 2021, at 1:00 pm at Fairfield Cemetery with Reverend Ric Bonice officiating. Given-Dawson-Paisley Funeral home is serving the family.

For those who wish, memorial donations may be made in Shirley’s name to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, PO Box 678572, Dallas, TX 75267-8572.

An online memorial can be viewed at


  • Graveside Service

    Thursday, February 25, 2021


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Ann Jenkins

February 25, 2021

Dear Sis I love you so much and you will forever be in my heart. I know your up there with Momma and Daddy and the rest of our loved ones. Wrap your arms around them for me. Fly high little Sis. I know that I will join you someday. My nightly prayers aren’t the same without you but just know that I will continue them. I promise to watch out for Dave and Travis and help as much as possible. I love you Sis. 🙏🙏😘😘

maurita garber

February 24, 2021

Joining Robin & Edna remembering Shirley, what a nice person she was, many good memories. Like them we reconnected when she was @ Turner's, she always acted so happy to see me. I even think more highly of her after seeing the picture of her w her dog in bed,that speaks very well of her. She was so close to another birthday, thoughts & prayers for her family. Maurita

Sandy King Patterson

February 23, 2021

Shirley’s family,
I am so sorry to hear of Shirley’s passing because she never wanted to leave you.
I admired her for her perseverance in her battle with Cancer and how much she wanted to win that battle.
I worked with Shirley at Burger Chef and we always had such a fun time together. At the time there were four Shirleys working there which made for even greater times.
I have known most of you all my life and want you to know how truly sad I am for your loss.
David, I know you are gonna be totally lost without your Honey by your side but you know she will still be there with you every minute !
Sending you my deepest heartfelt sympathy.
Love and prayers for each of you.
Hang in there and Take Care!
God Bless You!

Robin Glasure

February 23, 2021

My deepest sympathies to Dave, her sons and Shirley’s family. Shirley and I went to school together, many years ago. She was the sweetest person. We later reconnected and have stayed in touch. She was still the sweetest lady and was a joy to talk with and be around. Her earthly presence will be missed by all who knew her.

Edna Gardner

February 23, 2021

Shirley was a good person. I went to school with her. And then reconnected at a relay for life survivers in 2019. We kept in touch with each other. Prayers for her husband and family.

Travis Foster

February 23, 2021

Mom was the most caring person I ever knew. She tried to make sure to talk to me every day on the phone even when she didn’t feel well. I feel lost without you here in this world but I can feel your love from heaven. I promise to take good care of Dad. I love you. Mommy ❤️ 🥲

Amanda Carnes

February 22, 2021

I'm so happy to have such fun memories of her. She always made sure to have a good laugh with me. I love you aunt Shirley ❤

Carol Mikesell

February 22, 2021

Dear Ann,
So sorry to hear of your loss.
Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.
Carol Knicely Mikesell