Elaine M. Grammie (ORourke) Foster 62, died Saturday Aug. 6 in South Shore Hospital, surrounded by her loving family, after a courageous battle with cancer. Born and raised in Cambridge she was the daughter of the late Thomas J. and Mary A. (Colbert) ORourke and a graduate of Cambridge Rindge & Latin High School. Elaine was a long time and active resident of Whitman, having settled here in 1983. Over the twenty eight years as a resident of Whitman she had held multiple positions for the town. She was a familiar face during Rain or Shine as the Rte. 27 crossing guard at the Middle School over 25 years, and had also worked delivering Meals on Wheels to the elderly. Most recently she had served on the Board of Registrars and was seen checking at the polls of each and every election held by the town. She is survived by her four loving sons: Clifford Foster and his wife Karen of Middleboro, Joseph Foster and his wife Luz of Halifax, Michael Foster and his wife Carisa of Bridgewater, and Steven Foster and his wife Pam of Hanson; her siblings Thomas ORourke of Malden, Lorraine Mattson of Burlington, and Kevin ORourke of Bedford. She is also survived by, and will be sorely missed by, her five grandchildren whom she adored: Nicholas, Ryan, Addison, Tyler and Zachary as well as many nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Gerard, Jack and Patty ORourke. Family and friends are invited to attend her visiting hours to be held Thursday, Aug. 11 from 4 | 8 p.m. in the Blanchard Funeral Chapel, Plymouth St., (Rte. 58 at the rotary), Whitman. Graveside services at a later date. In lieu of flowers donations in her name may be made to Journey of Hope | Cancer Care @ South Shore Hospital, 55 Fogg Road, S. Weymouth, MA 02190 or at www.southshorehospital.org. For online condolences and directions visit www.blanchardfc.com.
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Published in The Enterprise on Aug. 9, 2011