Marilyn (Ladd) Foster

Marilyn Ladd Foster, age 75, passed away Thursday, April 26, 2018 surrounded by her family.

Born in Old Hickory, Tennessee, Marilyn graduated from DuPont High School and attended Tennessee Technological University before joining the staff of Governor Frank G. Clement in Nashville. Marilyn married her high school sweetheart, William B. "Bookie" Foster, Sr. in 1964. While serving as an Army wife at Fort Knox with Bookie, Marilyn become "Mom" for the first-time while William B. "Bill" Foster, Jr. was born in 1964. By 1967, Marilyn and Bookie were in Martinsville, Virginia beginning their DuPont journey together. Marilyn's planned little girl, Jeffrey Ladd Foster, was born in 1967 while in Martinsville and her second planned little girl, Steven Kenneth Foster, followed in 1970. She adjusted quickly to life with three boys and a husband, becoming a tour de force in an otherwise male dominated home. Moves to Waynesboro, Virginia, then Wilmington, Delaware followed.

Marilyn raised three boys into men and along the way she invented the "Soccer Mom" as she followed her boys to myriad extracurricular activities. Never shy about voicing her opinion, Marilyn remained the same at various sporting events, fiercely proud of her boys and ever vigilant in assessing the accuracy of officiating decisions. Marilyn had the gift of hospitality and a quick wit. She was a renowned cook, loved to knit, cross stitch, and needle point. Marilyn most loved being Nanny.

Preceded in death by her father and mother, Noble Cannon Ladd and Dorothy Haney Ladd; she is survived by her husband of 54 years, William Booker Foster Sr.; her sons, William B. Foster Jr. (Susan), Jeffrey L. Foster (Kresta), Steven K. Foster (Sarah); her grandchildren, Kaitlyn Foster Stubbs (Cody), Samantha Foster Lockard (Trent), Jessica Hodges Leblanc, Austin, Sydney, Rachel, Abigail, Alec, Hannah, Florence, and James; her great-grandson, Justin Leblanc; brother, Noble Wayne Ladd (Kay); sister, Jeanice Ladd Walters (Dr. Don); beloved niece and surrogate granddaughter, Amy Walters Allen and Amy's twins, Braden and Briley Allen; and many other loving nieces, nephews, and family members.

A visitation was 1 p.m., Tuesday, May 1, 2018 followed by a memorial service at 2 p.m., at St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 406 Main St., Odessa, Delaware. In appreciation for bringing three new grandchildren, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made in honor of Marilyn Foster to Uniting Hope for Children, Inc., 1949 Highway 81, Suite 300, Loganville, GA 30052.

Funeral Home

Schoenberg Memorial Chapel Inc
519 Philadelphia Pike Wilmington, DE 19809
(302) 762-0334

Published in Middletown Transcript from May 8 to May 17, 2018