Eleanor May Foster

FOSTER, Eleanor May (Vantreight) Passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family, on January 13, 2006 at Saanich Peninsula Hospital. Eleanor was born in Victoria on May 06, 1918 to Saanich pioneer's Jean and Sydney Vantreight. Predeceased by her loving husband Maurice in 1968, and her three brothers, Gerald, Robert and Donald Vantreight. Survived by her loving children, six daughters and one son, Ruth (Frank) Copley, Agassiz B.C., Jeanie (Rob) Copley, Maureen (Marty) Martyn, Victoria B.C., David Foster, Los Angeles CA, Marylou (Ian) Eales, Woodland Hills CA, Barbara Foster, Vancouver B.C., Colleen Jaymes Foster, Los Angeles CA. Fourteen grandchildren, Frank (Nancy) Copley, Maureen Lomax, Jim Lomax, Tanya (Kirk) Jensen, Darren (Claudia) Copley, Lane (Gillian) Copley, Janel (Brad) Copley-Mellafont, Amy (Simon) Gillies, Sara, Erin and Jordan Foster, Allison (Brent) Jones, Kyle (Nhu) Formo, and stepgrandchildren Brandon and Brody Jenner. Also fourteen great-grandchildren, all of whom she adored. Eleanor also leaves her sisters-in-law Dorothy "Russy" Foster and Ella Foster, several nieces, nephews and many dear friends. Eleanor was a loving mother, Grammy and G.G. who loved life, and lived it to the fullest. If she was not playing cards or bingo with her many friends, she was off traveling the world to some exciting social event with her family. Mum did it "her way", living in her own home, and still driving her car. Good for you mum!! You will be greatly missed by all. The family wishes to give special thanks to Dr. Amanda Naismith for her compassion and wonderful care. Thanks also to the nurses and staff at Saanich Peninsula Hospital and Royal Jubilee Hospital who took care of her and also became her friend over the past several years. A celebration of Eleanor's life will be held on Saturday, January 21, 2006 at 3 p.m. at North Douglas Pentecostal Church, 675 Jolly Place, Victoria, B.C. Rev. Gordon Thurston officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The David Foster Foundation, #140-3795 Carey Road, Victoria, B.C. V8Z 6T8, or Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation (C.T. scanner fund), 2166 Mt. Newton X Road, Saanichton, B.C. V8M 2B2 196402
Published by The Times Colonist from Jan. 18 to Jan. 19, 2006.
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What Eleanor ment to me.
A warm house, bread rising in the kitchen. Bring a scuttle load to fill the sawdust burning stove. Hear the ripple of the piano from the next room, "My Adobe Hacienda" or "Spanish Eyes". How were we to know so many years ago that many of us would be much closer to being immersed in Spanish or living closer to where Gene and Roy live on forever. You too live on forever! pinning the laudry out on the line or shouting at Ruth and chasing the little girls but mostly filling the kitchen with warmth and the smell of bread. This still enriches our lives.
Hubert Williston
January 30, 2006
What Eleanor ment to me.
A warm house, bread rising in the kitchen. Bring a scuttle load to fill the sawdust burning stove. Hear the ripple of the piano from the next room, "My Adobe Hacienda" or "Spanish Eyes". How were we to know so many years ago that many of us would be much closer to being immersed in Spanish or living closer to where Gene and Roy live on forever. You to live on forever! pinning the laudry out on the line or shouting at Ruth and chasing the little girls but mostly filling the kitchen with warmth and the smell of bread. This still enriches our lives.
Hubert Williston
January 30, 2006
Dear Ruth & Frank,
Our condolences go out to you . Hoping that many happy memories sustain you through this difficult time. Such a caring daughter you were, Ruth.
Ursula & Rex Recksiedler
January 28, 2006
To the Foster family:
I was so sorry to hear of your mom's recent passing. I have thought of you, especially Ruthie, Jeanie, Maureen and David often this week. This must be a difficult time for all of you.
My early childhood was influenced in so many ways by your family after you moved in across the street from us on Ascot Drive.
Your mom was a very special lady with great insight and an honest and forthright nature along with an infectous laugh that I can still recall.
I remember the smell of home baking, the birthday parties, vintage car rides but most of all the feeling that yours was a close knit family.
Memories of her will always remain with me.
Blessings, Beth Naylor/McRae
Beth Naylor / McRae
January 28, 2006
To the Foster family I extend my condolences. Eleanor Foster obviously loved you a lot, lived well, and was a blessing to many.

Several decades have passed since I grew up on Ascot Drive. Mrs. Foster welcomed my sister Beth and me warmly when we came to play with Ruth, Jeanie, and Maureen. We enjoyed their birthday parties, a new and special experience for us. Mrs. Foster ensured everyone had fun and games, plus tasty food. I was impressed with her plump iced chocolate cookies.

Once Mrs. Foster kindly let our mother "borrow" baby David and change his diaper. Thus Beth and I were shown boys were different from girls.

I am grateful to have known Mrs. Foster, a wonderful lady. God bless you all.

With sympathy,
Margaret Naylor
Margaret Naylor
January 27, 2006
A fond memory we would like to share with Eleanor's family and friends is of one Saturday morning last year: we had invited Ruth and Eleanor for breakfast and prepared quite the feast. We had prepared a French Toast Souffle along with lots of fresh fruit and of course, whipping cream to go with, just in case the souffle didn't have enough calories!
Well, the sun was shining, we were all in high spirits and my Mom, Christian and I just sat back and were amazed at Eleanor's appetite. She just loved it! This was the first time I'd seen anyone actually eat more for breakfast than Christian. She was in her glory and on that day she imprinted on our memories the way we shall remember her for the rest of our lives. She was full of laughter, stories of the past and the sparkle in her eyes would make you think she'd just won the lottery (in her case, a bingo game)! I shall cherish the times spent in Ruth's garden with her and she will be missed by all who were fortunate to have made her acquintance. She truly did live up to the motto: Live Well, Laugh Often, Love Much. Good Bye my friend.
Susan, Christian, George & Dorothy
Susan Fath
January 25, 2006
Dear Ruth and Family,
I am so sorry to hear of your Mom's death.
Remember her fondly and draw from her strenghth, warm smile and deep love for her family and friends. She will be missed.
My love goes out to you all.
Liz Woodland
January 25, 2006
I may have met your mom when we were in nurses' training together ...back 43 years ago...
She had to be a very fine lady ... to produce such a wonderful family.
I am sorry that you are all hurting ...my heartfelt condolences to you and all the family.
From your nurse buddy ... Seraphine
Seraphine Stewart
January 24, 2006
Dear Ruth and Frank,
So sorry to learn your mom has passed away. May memories comfort you. Thinking of you always.
Love from my families to all your families.
Your friend. Florise
Florise and Georges Leung
January 23, 2006
To the Foster Family. I went to school with Colleen at Cedar Hill Elementary and I will always remember we were performing a square dance on the blacktop and my mom was in hospital and your mom sewed a skirt for me so I wouldn't be left out. I never forgot her kind heart to this day. My prayers and thoughts are with you today. Sincerely Linda Griffin and family..(nee Armour).
Linda Griffin
January 23, 2006
Dear Ruth & Frank,
Our deepest sympathy to you and your family, Percy and I share your sorrow. May your Mom rest in peace.
Love, Caroline
Caroline Gamboa
January 23, 2006
My deepest sympathy and heartfelt condolences to the Foster family.
I did not have the honour and pleasure to meet her, but I saw her on a couple of occasions during the David Foster events and saw there was a remarkable lady there.
King Lee
January 22, 2006
a very special lady....and an honour to pay tribute to a successful lady that had huge impact on our world. Thank you for sharing. Thank you for her contributions to our World.
Ann Moxley
January 21, 2006
To all of Eleanor's family my thoughts and prayers are with you.
I had the pleasure of meeting Eleanor when she lived next door to my sister-in-law Dianne Williston and again at David's home in Malibu many years later. She was still full of life and so much fun to talk to.
I remember a fun, happy lady who was very proud of her family. I know she has left a huge void in your lives but all your special memories of Eleanor will comfort you and keep her always with you.
Lauretta Dick (nee Pagurut)
January 20, 2006
I remember as a child, going with my Mom, Vera Rainsford, and having a lovely tea with your Mom on Ascot shortly after your Dad fell off the roof.I had never seen so many kids in one house. Reconnecting with Maureen through Chew Excavating. Then low and behold many years later,there is Eleanor playing Bingo in our Town House Complex.
Just to let your family know that all the Water's Edge bingo players will miss Eleanor. She was respected for her genuine friendship and fun loving nature.
Anni Jakubowski
January 20, 2006

I was sorry to learn Ellie Foster had past away. On the first day we moved to Victoria she established the basis of a warm friendship. A group of children moved to our car all calling "Mrs. Foster has taken Sandy to the hospital." She had broken her arm playing a lawn game. She was looking after the kids. Something she had done all her life with no questions asked.

To express deepest sympathy for you during your time of loss.
Our whole family join in expressing sincere sympathy.

Ray Williston.
Ray Williston
January 20, 2006
To all the family,
I have spent this week thinking of so many special times we spent in your home on Ascot..Remembering the sawdust stove and all the delicious baking it produced, the bread - and white tea. The gifts of sewn pyjamas, hand knit hats -like the Foster girls'. Your Mom welcomed all and kept us in line with her own. Her warmth, laughter and scolds are forever memories. We be be there in thought, on Saturday, as you celebrate your Mom's long and full life.
You will be missed "Mrs. Foster"
~ Rest Peacefully ~
Love Dianne, Joe and all our family
Dianne & Joe Pagurut
January 20, 2006
I would like Marylou, Ian, Colleen and Barbara to know that I am thinking of you at this difficult time. I never met your mom, but I get the feeling from reading the other messages that she was very special and a strong lady.

It would be lovely to see you all again. I enjoyed working together at the Strath.
Please feel free to email me.

Sue Christianson

Sue Christianson
January 20, 2006
Auntie Eleanor was so good to me when I was the bratty niece who came and stayed in the 1940's! She had an iron will and a wonderfully wicked sense of humor and I admired her greatly. My
heartfelt condolences to all the family.
Heather Rohn
January 19, 2006
We will forever cherish our memories of growing up on Ascot Drive with the Foster family. Eleanor (we always called her ‘Mrs. Foster’) was a presence to be reckoned with but her kind heart and generous spirit constantly shone through. We will always remember her delicious chocolate iced cookies and the welcome aroma of freshly baked bread which greeted us as we entered the Foster home. We are very happy that she was able to live life to the fullest right to the end, surrounded by her wonderful devoted family. She will be greatly missed but never forgotten.
We extend our sincere sympathy to her family and will treasure our happy memories.
Darleen Murphy and Sharyn Romaine (Hinton)
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Darleen Murphy
January 19, 2006
Louise, Jim (Marie), Ted (Gloria), Susan (Bob), Sandy (Terry) and families wish to express heartfelt condolences with the loss of a special lady.
Louise Jennings
January 19, 2006
Gram was a wonderful caring woman. She will be missed greatly by the entire family (even those of us who are not blood). She can now do things "her own way" for eternity as we all know she will.
Cara Watts
January 19, 2006
When I first met Eleanor, I realized that there were several children in the family, but the only one I ever met was David. I didn't know at that time if David ran an excavator with the Copleys or played music.

At one point when doing electrical work for Eleanor, she was SO excited and informed me that her son had cut his first platinum record. I immediately phoned my wife (who was more into music than I) to tell her this, and then Eleanor invited her to come and have tea and share her excitement.

As an electrical contractor I had met people from all walks of life, but when I met Eleanor I knew that she was GENUINE, a CARING MOTHER and a GRACIOUS lady. Her word was a SHAKE OF THE HAND.

Ken Thorne retired Thorne Electric
Ken Thorne
January 18, 2006
To Eleanors Family, we were saddend to learn of the passing of a wonderful friend.Please accept our sincerest condolences..Al Bahry and family.
Albert Bahry
January 18, 2006
We were all deeply saddened by the passing of a wonderful women. I will always remember growing up with her as a second mom and friend. I am so happy that I was able to spend a few hours with her at home this past summer. We had a wonderful visit and discussions of Dave and I growing up and sitting by the pool at the Sheritan Hotel in Calgary during the 88 Olympics. Eleanor will be dearly missed but always remembered.
Bruce Bennett & family
January 18, 2006
she was a great lady and will be missed by many our deepest sympathy Bill and Audrey Vogt
audrey vogt
January 18, 2006
We will miss Eleanor greatly, she was an incredible woman with a great sense of humor.
Meg, Maddison, Markeith & Masen Thonger
January 18, 2006
Eleanor will be missed by everyone who knew her. She was a unique lady who was always fun to be around. No words can ease your pain at this time. Our sincerest thoughts.
Bryan & Joyce Polson
January 18, 2006
To the family of Mrs. Foster,
Celebrate her wonderful life and know that she is in peace.
Love Paul and Fran
Paul and Fran Daviss
January 18, 2006
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