Oneita F. Foster

Oneita F. Foster April 17, 1928 – November 19, 2012 Oneita Ferne' Foster was born an only child to Leslie and Lillian Purscelley on April 17, 1928, in Joplin MO, and spent her youth growing up in Idaho and California (where she fell in love with the Pacific Ocean). She went home on Monday November 19, 2012. En route to NYC for art design school, she made a stop in Montrose, CO where she met and married the love of her life on December 27, 1949. Oneita and John were blessed with ten children (eight of whom were born between November 1950 and July of 1960). Oneita and John resided in Uravan, Naturita and the Four Corners area before landing in Grand Junction in 1953. In 1959, she was very involved with the Democratic Women in Grand Junction during the campaign to elect John Kennedy for President. While in Grand Junction, she was a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, and was actively involved in the Altar and Rosary Society. Oneita worked at the VA Hospital in Grand Junction for 15 years before moving with John and their two youngest daughters to Hilo, HI in 1980, where she was able once again to reside beside her beloved Pacific Ocean. There, Oneita started and ran her own secretarial business for 17 years and was actively involved in the American Business Women's Association. After John's passing in 1997, she shared her time between Hawaii, Wyoming and Colorado, until 2005, when she moved to San Diego, CA. Due to health issues, Oneita returned to Grand Junction in January 2010, where she lived with her daughter until her passing. Throughout her life she was actively involved in the March of Dimes and the American Cancer Society, as well as the BPOE Ladies Elks. For years, Oneita was an avid golfer, fisherwoman, bowler and card player. She enjoyed skiing when her kids were young, and she had a lifetime passion for arts and crafts. Oneita was preceded in death by her husband of 47 years, John in 1997, and son, Brian in 1980. She is survived by six daughters, Suzanne (Ed) Irish, and Virginia (Dennis) Branco, Hilo, HI; Rosemary (Bob) Loos and Cindy (Drew) Leonard, Pinedale, WY; Carrie (Seth) Baldridge, and Oneita Potter, Grand Junction, CO; and three sons, John, San Diego, CA, and Jerry (Judy), and Joseph, Grand Junction. She is also survived by 19 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Fern Foster and numerous nieces and nephews. Oneita's life will be celebrated by family and friends in Spring, 2013. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado.

Published in The Daily Sentinel on Nov. 25, 2012