Mary was born to Earl and Marguerite Ault on April 13, 1928 in Malvern, Arkansas. They moved to California when she was 4 years old and settled in Taft in 1937 where she attended most of her school years, graduating from Taft High in 1945. She married her first love, Jesse Charles Foster, who served in the Marine Corp. They were married for 65 years and had two children, James Christopher and Janice Lynn. While being a military wife and being transferred every three years she created and maintained a loving home regardless of where they were stationed. She always involved herself and the family in a church where she served as a Sunday School teacher, Missionette Leader, pianist and choir member and volunteered for any other services that were asked of her. She loved serving others and opened her home to many college and military kids, where she became their adopted mother and grandmother. At church she was Aunt Mary or Grandma to many of the kids who attended. She was a great seamstress, cook, knitter, crocheter and baker and was known for her fabulous pies. While living in San Diego she worked for the school district in the cafeteria, when "real" food was prepared at the school. She was the pastry chef where she learned her skill for making those great pies. After retirement from the military they settled back in Taft and she worked for McMahan's Furniture Store on Center Street. She retired and stayed at home caring for her children and grandchildren.
She is survived by a brother, Bill Ault and wife, Hazel; her daughter, Janice Brown and son-in-law, Gary; daughter-in-law, Betty Foster; four grandsons, Chris Foster, Richard Ward and his wife, Nanetta and Michael Foster all of Bakersfield and Joel Foster and his wife, Rachael, of Norfolk, VA; 12 great-grandchildren, Josh, Kayla, Alexa, Alexis, Selena, Lynnsey, Skyler, Noelani, Donovan, Nathanael, Declan and Jesse; many nieces, nephews, cousins and numerous other adopted family members.
A special thanks to Optimal Hospice and especially The Gable House/Alternative Care caregivers, Esther, Andrea, Maria, Julia, Karen, Bertha, Annette and Marquita, who gave her all the love and the best care anyone could ask for. She will be greatly missed but we know she is celebrating in heaven with Jesus and all of the ones who went before her.
A graveside funeral service will be held in the West Side District Cemetery on Monday, March 24, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. Visitation will be on Sunday, March 23, 2014, from 3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Erickson & Brown Funeral Home. To convey online condolences please visit www.EricksonAndBrown.com.
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Published in Bakersfield Californian on Mar. 20, 2014
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