Mary Leona (Whistler) Foster, 83
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BOSWELL — Mary Leona (Whistler) Foster, 83, passed away at 7:50 a.m. on Friday, January 4, 2013, at Cumberland Pointe Health Campus, West Lafayette. She was born September 7, 1929, in Tippecanoe County, to Walter Loyd and Gladys Lillian (Davis) Whistler. She attended Tab Grade School and graduated from Boswell High School in 1947. She married Carl Foster on December 18, 1949, in Ambia. He preceded her in death on August 11, 2004. They lived and farmed in both Warren and Benton Counties.
Mary worked as a bookkeeper for Robinson Implement Dealer in Boswell and for Hoopeston Implement, the International Harvester Dealer in Hoopeston, Ill. She then worked for Birkey's Farm Store, Inc., in both Hoopeston, Ill. and Williamsport, retiring in 2005. She was a member of Locust Grove Methodist Church and later Boswell Christian Church. She enjoyed cooking, gardening, fishing and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was an excellent cook.
She is survived by four children, Sheila (Don) Young, of Downs, Ill., Mark (Pat) Foster, of Attica, Gary (Charlene), of Sheridan, Wyo., and Jeff (Kathie) Foster, of Fowler. Also surviving are 11 grandchildren, Jack (Sherry) Young, Joe (Sheri) Young, Amanda (Brock) Goodrick, Brooke (Cory) Max, Brady (Angela) Foster, Dusty (Joanie) Foster, Kreigh (Cassie) Foster, Keaton (Lacey) Foster, Kybren Foster, Carl Foster and Curtis Foster. Also surviving are 10 great-grandchildren; one sister, Phyllis Larson, of Boswell; two sisters-in-law, Dorothy Foster, of Williamsportand Evylin Whistler, of Williamsport; and two brothers-in-law, Johnnie (Carolyn) Foster, of Wolcott and James Smiley, of Monticello.
She was preceded in death by six brothers, Loyd, John, Dale, Edgar, Charles and Jim; and three sisters, Louise, Betty, and Martha (her twin).
Visitation will be at Grady Funeral Home in Williamsport on Monday, January 7, 2013, from 4 to 8 p.m. Services will be there in the chapel on Tuesday, January 8, 2013, at 11 a.m.; her nephew, Ken Larson and John Morris, Minister officiating. Interment will follow at the Boswell Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Easter Seals Bloomington, 2404 East Empire, Bloomington, IL 61701 or Make a Wish Foundation,7330 Woodland Drive Suite 201, Indianapolis, IN 46278.
Online condolences may be made to the www.gradyfuneralhome.com.
Published in the Journal & Courier from Jan. 5 to Jan. 6, 2013