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Hatteras - Barbara McDowell Foster, 69, of Hatteras village, went to be in the arms of the Lord at home on December 31st, 2012, just before the new year. She was surrounded by her beloved grandchildren, her family, and friends.
Barbara was born May 12, 1943, in Michigan and grew up in Fort Pierce, Florida. She received a Bachelor of Science in agriculture from the University of Florida in 1964. She married William "Big Bill" Foster that same year, and moved to Raleigh, NC so that Bill could attend graduate school at NC State University, while she worked as a microbiologist in the school's cancer research laboratories.
Barbara moved to Hatteras in 1970. She worked for several years as the secretary/bookkeeper of the Hatteras Marlin Club. She was one of the few people in North Carolina to take and pass all of the parts of the CPA exam on the first attempt without an accounting degree. Barbara was a founding partner of Foster and Parsons CPAs.
In 1995, Barbara was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. She battled the cancer courageously and with few complaints throughout many cycles of chemotherapy and radiation for nearly eight years.
Barbara is survived by a daughter, Jennifer Foster Johnson and husband, Dan and their children, Chris, Avery, and Delaney all of Hatteras; a son, Paul Foster of Wanchese; a sister and her closest friend, Pauline Carden of Chesapeake; a niece, Caroline (Carrie) Carden Geldreich and husband, Randy and their son, Tyler and daughter that's due in March all of Richmond; a nephew, David Carden of Virginia Beach; and a former husband, William "Big Bill" Foster of Hatteras. She was preceded in death by her parents, Paul and Hazel McDowell.
A funeral service will be held on Thu., Jan. 3, 2013 at 2 p.m. at the Hatteras United Methodist Church with the Rev. Dwight Burrus and the Rev. Ken Davenport officiating. Private burial will be held in the Hatteras Community Cemetery. Visitation will be held at the church from 1 - 2 p.m. prior to the service. The family will receive friends and relatives at the Hatteras Community Center immediately following the service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to the Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation or to the Hatteras United Methodist Church Bereavement Committee.
Twiford Funeral Home, Hatteras, NC is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.twifordfh.com.
Published in The Virginian Pilot on Jan. 3, 2013