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Hodges-Josberger Funeral Home

577 E. Elkcam Circle, Marco Island, FL

OBITUARY

Elizabeth Kate Foster

April 25, 1936September 6, 2019

Elizabeth Kate Foster passed away peacefully on Sept 6, 2019 at her home on Marco Island, Florida.

Elizabeth was born in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England on April 25, 1936. She grew up in the small village of Goudhurst, Kent with her older brother Bill (1932-2018) and her parents, Ethel and Frank Hodge. Growing up Elizabeth was surrounded by a large extended family. She met Geoffrey, her beloved husband of 61 years, in Goudhurst. In search of more opportunities for their young family, Elizabeth and Geof immigrated to Canada in 1967. They lived for a year in Quebec City and then moved to Appleton, Wisconsin for a job opportunity for Geof. Elizabeth dedicated herself to raising their two children, Stephen Foster (Adriana) and Clare Smith (Charles). Both children swam for the local YMCA and Elizabeth volunteered many hours helping the swim team. Her involvement in swimming led to her to a broader role guiding the overall YMCA mission as a long term board member. She was active in other charitable organizations as well. Elizabeth and Geof moved to Marco Island in 1999 when Geof retired, where they have been residents and active members of the Hideaway Beach community for over 20 years.

Elizabeth loved living on Marco Island and enjoyed many special memories here with her family and friends. Elizabeth loved to walk and could often be seen walking the beaches of Hideaway and stopping to cheerfully chat with neighbors and friends. Her three grandchildren, Devin (24) and Mimi (22) Smith and Brent (16) Foster, have grown up celebrating holidays and family traditions on Marco Island. Elizabeth would always find a way to do something special for those she loved.

When their children grew up, Elizabeth learned to play golf. Elizabeth always liked to be active and enjoyed the peace and beauty of a golf course. Their shared love of golf resulted in Elizabeth and Geof building a second summer home at The Cliffs Valley in South Carolina which they maintained from 2003 until the spring of 2018.

Elizabeth had many medical challenges during the final years of her life. Her strong determination and resolve helped her pull through many times and kept her with us longer than anyone would have expected. Elizabeth was known for loving bright colors, and her favorite color was yellow. Yellow represents sunshine, warmth, hope, and energy, all attributes Elizabeth portrayed during her long happy life. She was deeply loved and will be missed immensely by her many friends, family and husband Geoffrey.

A Celebration of Life will be held for Elizabeth at Hideaway Beach on November 16th, 2019.

Services

16 November

Celebration of Life

Hideaway Beach


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Maureen Ware

September 14, 2019

Hello, Geof --
This note is from Maureen Ware. I worked in HR at Kimberly-Clark during many of the same years you worked there. I read of the passing of your dear wife in the Appleton Post-Crescent today. It is always hard to lose a cherished loved one, and doubly difficult when you have been together for as many decades as you two had shared. Please know that I am thinking of you and sending prayers your way as you, your children, and (likely) your grandchildren are suffering with her loss.
Sincerely,
Maureen Ware

Marcia Lenius Hayes

September 14, 2019

My dearest sympathy to you, Geof, and your family. My heart has so many wonderful times with you and Elizabeth! The invitation for a "true" English Christmas dinner complete with plum pudding and we truly did not know what to expect! It was wonderful! Elizabeth taught me what "put a penny" was truly all about. We named our English sheep dog "Tuppence"...thank you Elizabeth after he "put a penny"! I can hear her voice and laughter tucked away in my heart after that little joke. Such a marvelous woman. Heaven is so blessed.

Dawn Staedt

September 14, 2019

I met Elizabeth when I joined King's Daughters in 1980. Elizabeth was a friend to everyone, we loved that accent. She was a leader, full of ideas, and encouraged everyone to carry through. Elizabeth was fun, I remember her smile, just like her picture in the obituary. We know Elizabeth spent wonderful years in Marco Island, it didn't surprise me, that she again became involved in the community, she was caring and giving, a great person and friend.

My condolences to the family.

Dawn Staedt

Jay Gottleib

September 14, 2019

Geof, saw your wife’s obituary in the Post-Crescent this morning. My deepest condolences to you and your family. You take care.

Stan Kellenberger

September 14, 2019

Geof n family, so sorry for your loss. I have many fond memories of working with you, Geof and buying Clare's used bike for my second daughter's birthday. May you be blessed with many fond memories of Elizabeth.

Louise Springer

September 14, 2019

Dear Geof and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Elizabeth was one of the classiest ladies I've met, and it came from true concern for others. She was a bright spot in many lives, and she will be missed...as are her meat pies!

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY