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FOSTER, Minnie C. Minnie C. Foster of Decatur, GA, formerly of Athens GA, passed away October 17, 2017 at the age of 94. She was born in Athens GA, and graduated from the University of Georgia with a with a BS and MS in Elementary Education. During her 24 year career teaching in the Decatur City School system she developed the state's first reading program to improve reading skills for college-bound students. For these efforts she received numerous awards. In 1977 she was Teacher of the Year for the City of Decatur Schools; The Metro Atlanta Council of International Reading Association, of which she was president, named her Reading Teacher of the Year, 1976-1977; and she was one of the first inductees into the Georgia Reading Hall of Fame. Minnie was also an active member of two honorary educational organizations: Delta Kappa Gamma and Kappa Delta Pi. In 2010, The University of Georgia, College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences presented Minnie and her sister, Celestia Loden, with the Medallion of Honor, the college's highest award, for their service and support of the Harold and Celestia Loden Endowed Scholarship. Minnie devoted her life to the work of the church. and was very active in both The First United Methodist Church of Decatur, GA, and of Athens, GA, where she resided from 2003-2015. She was an active member of the United Methodist Women in Decatur and Athens. She taught Sunday School and enjoyed singing in the Chancel Choir. Minnie is preceded in death by her parents, Minnie Clyde McCrary Foster and Robert E Foster Sr. her brother Robert E. Foster Jr. and sisters Nellie Foster Burgess, Mary Jo Foster Hartley, Celestia Foster Loden, her sister-in law Donna Greene Foster, her nephew Robert E Foster III and her niece, Barbara Ann Burgess. She is survived by her nephew, Richard C. Foster of San Francisco, CA, her niece, Amanda Foster of Gainesville, FL, her nephew, Fred Hartley of Stone Mountain, GA. and her nieces Marty Hartley of Stone Mountain,GA Mary Hartley Blessing of Carbondale, IL, and Patti Brennan of Atlanta, GA. She is also survived by her great nephews, Chad Foster of Arlington, VA, Joel Foster of Gainesville, FL, Sean Foster of Tampa, FL and her great nieces Dr. Leah Foster of Arlington, VA. and Christine Brennan of Atlanta, GA. Her body was donated to Emory University School of Medicine. A Memorial Service is scheduled for October 26, 2017 at 2:30 at the First United Methodist Church of Decatur, GA. A reception in the fellowship hall will follow the service. Her remains will be buried in the family cemetery in Decatur, Georgia, at a later date. In lieu of flowers contributions can be made in her memory, to the Congregational Care Fund at the First United Methodist Church of Athens, Ga, 327 North Lumpkin St, Athens GA 30601 or to the Harold and Celestia Loden Endowed Scholarship at the University of Georgia School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, 137 Cedar St, Athens, GA 30602.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Oct. 22, 2017
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