OBITUARY

Joy E. Foster

May 2, 1932May 5, 2018
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Joy E. Foster died at her home in Tallahassee, on Saturday, May 5, three days after her 86th birthday.

She was born in Lansing, Mich., May 2, 1932, to Virgil and Mina (Ladd) Foster.

Miss Foster was educated in Michigan but moved to Florida in her early 20s where she worked as in real estate and insurance.

She never married.

She was preceded in death by her parents (1901-1976 and 1902-1973) two brothers, Richard (Dick) and James (Jim), and a sister, Beverly Smith.

Surviving are nieces and nephews Virgil Keith Foster of Ohio; Isabelle, Paul, Mark, T.J., Becky and David Foster; Louie Smith and SueAnn (Sue) Smith Geisenhaver, all of Michigan.

In addition, she has several great-nieces and nephews.

She was a member of the Foursquare Gospel Church, where she had served on the council; had served with Meals on Wheels and formerly volunteered with Child Evangelism Fellowship.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 Wednesday at Culley’s Meadowood on Timberlane Road, with the Rev. Arlen Swinger presiding.

Burial and a buffet reception will follow.

Services

  • Funeral Service Wednesday, May 9, 2018
  • Reception Wednesday, May 9, 2018
  • Burial Wednesday, May 9, 2018
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Biography

Joy E. Foster was known as many things to many people. She was a loved one, a friend, and someone special. To family and friends who knew her best, Joy will be remembered as a very exceptional person.

      She was the daughter of Mina and Virgil Foster. Joy grew up in Lansing, Michigan and spent countless Summers in Higgins Lake, Michigan.

      Joy was raised with her three siblings, one of which passed away at an early age. She had two younger brothers, Richard and Jim, and one oldest sister Beverly. Joy was involved in all sorts of activities with her siblings. She and her siblings experienced rivalries typical of a growing family, but they shared many life experiences over the years.

      As a young girl, Joy had a number of interests. Like most children, she enjoyed playing and exploring. She was curious about the world around her and was often eager to explore it. Joy was an active child who enjoyed riding horses and playing at the lake. Her entire life she really enjoyed fishing. She enjoyed playing outdoors with her siblings.

      Always considered a “good” friend to those she knew, Joy enjoyed a broad group of acquaintances and several very close friends during her lifetime. Joy had several life long friends. She traveled a lot and met many wonderful people she became very close to. Her two closest friends were Sandy Kern and Caroline Bower.

       Joy was a licensed realtor for many years.  Joy worked diligently and did her best to succeed in her career. Her primary occupation was real estate. Joy always sought to be a team player, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done.

      Joy enjoyed her leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. Her favorite things as an adult were walking with her dogs and friends, having Bible study, helping the poor and volunteering her time to serve others and caring for her beloved dogs. She had served with Meals on Wheels and formerly volunteered with Child Evangelism Fellowship. She was content to enjoy her favorite pastimes alone but was also willing to share her interests with others.

      Throughout her life, Joy was a doer and was always actively involved in professional and community organizations. Joy’s faith was important to her. She was a member of the Foursquare Gospel Church, where she had served on the council. She took a trip to Jerusalem, Israel and was baptized in the Jordan River.

      Joy enjoyed traveling and time away on vacations. It was a chance for her to renew and relax, to visit new places and experience new things. Joy loved to visit her family and friends. Enjoyed being out on the water from visiting the Lakes to boating in the Ocean. Her favorite place to live was Florida, close to the Beaches.

      Joy was a lover of animals and cherished her pets. One of her favorites was her two German schnauzers, of which were a big part of her life. She later had two other much loved dogs. All were like her children to her, as she had no children of her own.

      Joy passed away in her sleep on May 5, 2018 in her home, in the presence of her most recent dog Manny. Joy is survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins and very close family-like friends. Services were held at Culley’s Meadowood. Joy was laid to rest in the Culley’s Meadowwood Cemetery alongside her very best friend Sandy Kern.

      Simply stated, Joy was a good and kind person, an individual who will for all time be remembered by her family and friends as being a caring and giving person, someone who was a vital part of their lives. Joy leaves behind her a legacy of life-long friendships and many cherished memories. Everyone whose life she touched will always remember Joy E. Foster.