Ina C Foster

November 20, 1936December 31, 2019
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Ina Claire Foster, nee Tomlinson, wife of the Dennis P. Foster, passed away on December 31, 2019 at the age of 83.

Ina was born in St. Ann, Jamaica on November 20, 1936, daughter of the late Harold and Claire Tomlinson. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her brothers; Neville, Donald and Neil Tomlinson, and sister-in-law Catherine Tomlinson.

In 1958, Ina married Dennis P. Foster and their union produced two daughters, Paula Foster and Cheryl Tapscott.

Ina is survived by her daughters, Paula Foster and Cheryl Tapscott, son-in-law Anthony Tapscott, grandsons Joshua and Jordan Tapscott, brothers Henry and Desmond Tomlinson, sisters Barbara Cohen and Cecile Harris, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be on Friday, January 17, 2020 from 5:00 - 8:00 pm at Earthman Southwest Funeral Home,12555 S. Kirkwood Road, Stafford, TX 77477. Services to celebrate her life will be on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 11:00 am in the sanctuary, Second Baptist Church, 6400 Woodway Drive, Houston, TX with a reception following.

In lieu of flowers, the family would like to have donations made to GiGi’s Playhouse located in Sugar Land, TX; an organization for Children with Down Syndrome. This Organization helps develop the minds of children and young adults with special needs, an Organization close to Ina's heart. Donations can also be made to The Jamaica Foundation of Houston, in care of their Scholarship fund.


  • Visitation

    Friday, January 17, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, January 18, 2020


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Julie & Bryan Carter

January 24, 2020

In 2018 while in Houston visiting friends for Christmas, we met Ina at a holiday dinner she hosted at her home. It did not take but a few moments for us to know that Ina was a believer, a woman of strong faith and Christ-like character traits. We felt so very comfortable in her presence. We exchanged contact information and kept in touch after our return home. Her notes of encouragement exuded the love of our Maker. Now that you have gone to rest in His arms, dear Ina, lean into His bosom and be at peace. You ran a good race and your trophy awaits!
Our condolences to the entire Foster family.
Bryan & Julie

Pat and Gregory Escoffery

January 20, 2020

"Within our deepest hearts and innermost souls we find our true friends - and they are essential to our memories, our connectedness, our sense of perspective and place." Ina's smile and youthfulness, her vivacity and straightforwardness, her caring spirit and joy for life will live on in our hearts. Our deepest sympathy to Cheryl and Paula and all Ina's family.
Gregory & Pat Escoffery

Beth Ibara

January 18, 2020

To Ina’s Family -

We only had the pleasure of knowing youthful Ina for a short period of time. She will be remembered as someone who lights up a room with her positive outlook and warm, beautiful smile. She was a naturally gifted and graceful dancer. We will remember her best for her quick wit and great sense of humor. She will be sorely missed.

Jerry & Beth Ibara
Fellow Fred Astaire Students

Helen Morris

January 18, 2020

Dear Ina..warm, kind, spirited and vibrant..gone so suddenly. May the Lord hold you tenderly in his arms in His Kingdom. May he also bring peace and comfort to Paula and Cheryl as they endure this heartache and loss. Rest well Ina.
Helen and Wayne Morris

Marcia McDonald Wilson

January 17, 2020

Miss Ina was poineer and a great leader in the Houston Community.
A lady with incredible patience and grace.
So many years working in service for the Caribbean people; and never a sharp word or a
A "Cut Yeye".
Her spirit will endure through her great works and her family.
My Respect and Admiration for our beloved Miss Ina Foster.


January 17, 2020

A loving and kind human being , Miss Ina as she was affectionately called , a dedicated individual who did so much with the special gifts she had, She was an Institution, the hope & dream of a Community of Jamaicans, of West Indians & of Americans , an inspiration for all. God saw you getting tired & a cure was not to be, So He put his arms around you , And Whispered , come to me. Your life was a Blessing, your memory a treasure, You are loved beyond words, And missed beyond measure. I watched you on the Dancefloor, Dancing round & round the Block, I said you are the best God has given us, But now He has to take you back.

Alison Holness

January 17, 2020

In the dance of life, good friends are the people who encourage you to be your best, who like you for who you are, who remind you what steps to take when you’ve forgotten the way. To help balance things out, they keep you on your toes, they make you smile even when you are stumbling through life, and the stories, support and laughter they bring to the years feel more like music to your ears than just about anything.
...., for our numerous phone consultations on how to cook various dishes. “ Ina, how yuh Mek dis?” thank you.
..... for the joy, laughter and spice you threaded through our lives. Thank you.
...... for a friendship that will forever be treasured and greatly missed. Thank you

With love to you, Dennis and Daphne. Heaven is alive with nuff cooking, dancing, labrish and merriment!!💕💕


Jo Lou Gibson

January 17, 2020

Seeing Ina in choir was always a delight. She was so caring and warm and was a beautiful friend. She helped with many projects, some involving food, of course! I miss her already and will continue to do so. May all of you - her family and friends be comforted and receive the joy of the Lord her life represented through the many memories of this beautiful and special lady - INA...

Angela Brown

January 17, 2020

Mrs. Ina Foster it was a pleasure to have known you. Reflecting back on the year 2003 when I met you at The Caribbean Cuisine Restaurant for lunch. You had such a pleasant attitude towards me which made me feel welcome and comfortable.

Your words of encouragement to me as stranger moving from New York and living in Texas were very fullfiling. Mrs. Ina Foster you will be deeply missed by the many far and near. You were such a great influential person to the Caribbean Community within the Houston area.

You've run your race and finished to the end. Enjoy your everlasting rest and have much fun with the heavenly angels.

Jennifer Jones

January 15, 2020

To the family & friends of Miss Ina Foster I want to express my sincere condolences. Miss Ina was a great supporter of Caribbean Heartbeat & we appreciate her for believing in us. Sorry for your loss.
Jennifer Jones