Ethel Turner Foster (1917 - 2018)

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Ethel Turner Foster, 100, died January 8, 2018. She was born November 10, 1917 in Tulsa, Oklahoma to Max and Rachel Turner, who emigrated from Russia. She was married for 64 years to the love of her life, Jack Foster.

Ethel received a Bachelor's of Fine Arts from the University of Oklahoma, where she met Jack on a blind date that was originally intended for her sister. On their first date, he was so distracted by her that he drove the car into the ditch. They were married on September 3, 1942 in Colorado Springs, where Jack was stationed and Ethel worked at an Army Air Force base.

They were living in Galveston, Texas when Jack shipped out to the Pacific. During the four long years he was overseas, Ethel moved to Washington, DC where she worked as an artist at the Office of Price Administration, and lived with one of her four sisters. They remained in Washington after the War while Jack completed his PhD. Jack and Ethel moved to Athens in 1950, where Jack began teaching at the University of Georgia. They were founding members of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Athens, and were active in the Civil Rights Movement.

With her husband, she made a wonderful life with their three children. She was an artist and an unfailingly positive person and her children benefited from growing up learning to see the world through her eyes. She had a can-do spirit and made everything from slipcovers to watercolors. She saw beauty in even the smallest thing, and her home reflected this. With her easygoing personality, she indulged her kids in their collection of many pets, from white mice to horses. Indeed, it was the horses that provided Jack with the excuse to buy land, giving Ethel the opportunity to design their unique, upside down modern house. That home, built in 1963, was filled with friends, laughter, music, and books.

In the three summers Jack did research at the Rocky Mountain Laboratory in Hamilton, Montana, they made an adventure of the 3,000 mile drive, camping in national and state parks along the way. With her husband, Ethel visited many countries. She worked as an artist for Channel 8, the Athens PBS Station. She remained interested in the world and other people throughout her life, and actively worked as an artist until her death, creating drawings for her daughter-in-law's company, Color Grande.

Ethel had a great sense of humor, a wonderful laugh and the best smile. She disliked injustice.

She always thought it was as easy to be pleasant as to be unpleasant, and would encourage us all to be the former.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John W. Foster, by her four sisters, Helen Lichtenberg, Lillian Chazanow, Marcy Harper, and Joy Stilley, and by her son-in-law, Eddie Lockamy.

She is survived by her children, David Foster (Diana) of Potomac, Maryland, Denise Lockamy of Athens, and Wendy Revel of Potomac; grandchildren Ryan Lockamy, Beth Lockamy (Andrew), Alex Foster (Hilary), Sam Matheson, Caleb Matheson, and Kendra Lockamy; and great-grandchildren Rhys and Amelia Lockamy; and several nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the USO. A private service will be held a later date.


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Published in Athens Banner-Herald on Jan. 12, 2018
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