FAYE FOSTER

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FAYE FOSTER Mueller's Tri-Cities Funeral Home On February 16, 2017, Faye Foster decided it was time to leave this earthly life, and reunite with her husband in their new "heavenly homestead". Winnie Faye Foster was born to Susie and Travis Watkins May 23, 1924 in Eden, Idaho. She attended school in Eden, and though she had the opportunity to be a cheerleader in high school, she always opted to participate on the girls' basketball team. She loved sports and thoroughly enjoyed watching basketball and football during her lifetime, whether it was her kids, grandkids, or her favorite college and professional teams on television. Faye married her high school sweetheart, Jim Foster on March 7, 1943, even though he was from the neighboring rival high school in Hanson, Idaho. They farmed in areas near Twin Falls, Idaho for several years adding to their family with son, Gary; daughter, Treva; and son, Chris. In 1955, they traveled to the state of Washington to homestead in the Columbia Basin one of the first pioneer families of the Block 15 area north of Pasco. A year later, daughter Tracy was born. Through many years of dedicated hard work, they were proud and grateful to have obtained their goal of having a successful family farm. During those years, Faye was often driving tractors and farm trucks, or hoeing crops, irrigating, and also cooking and feeding the family and extra hired hands. She also worked as a grocery clerk for several years in Safeway stores in the Tri-Cities. Because she was so efficient and friendly, patrons would often line up down the food aisle just to go through her checkout counter! On her days off, she always found time to bake cookies and homemade bread for her family. Even as busy as she was, Faye was able to support her children in their school, sports, and 4-H fair activities. She was an excellent seamstress, sewing many shirts and outfits for her kids' school clothing. She also made beautiful quilts and crocheted throw blankets. When things slowed down a bit on the farm, and her kids were grown, Faye took up golfing. She enjoyed playing twice a week with friends and in tournaments and became a very good golfer. She used to practice her golf swing by hitting golf balls out into the swathed alfalfa field next to the house. Most of the time she was able to find the golf balls, but a few years later, when the crop changed from alfalfa to potatoes, they discovered during harvest that several balls had been left behind in the field and plowed underground "pretending to be little spuds". Thankfully, there was no damage to farm equipment or the potato crop and everyone got a real laugh out of it. Faye also enjoyed many winters in Yuma, AZ and other travels around the U.S. with her husband in their 5th wheel trailer. Faye's heart and soul were always deeply connected to the family farm the trials and the joys. During her last years living at Brookdale (Canyon Lakes) retirement community, she always tried to give a smile and a greeting to her fellow residents, and proudly share her stories of life on the farm. She wowed the folks there with her many crocheted headbands, hats and scarves, often giving them to her many admirers. Faye was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, two brothers and her husband, Jim. Mom deeply loved her family and along with dad helped all of us throughout the years in many different ways. Mom's gentle love and positive encouragement are among the many memories we will forever hold dear in our hearts as she leaves us: son Gary Foster; daughter Treva Fifer (John); son, Chris Foster (Teri); and daughter, Tracy Rieke (Dan). Grandchildren: Elizabeth Foster; Kelly Fifer; David Fifer (Kristin), Ian Foster (Erin) Hannah Foster; Jeremy Moddrell (Amber); Sarah Howard (Kirk); Great-Grandchildren: Keegan, Kendal, Gage, and Grady Fifer; Casey and Corinne Moddrell. A memorial service will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Faye's name to Chaplaincy Hospice Care, 1480 Fowler Street, Richland, WA 99352. The family invites you to sign their online tribute wall at www.muellersfuneral homes.com.
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Mueller's Tri-Cities Funeral Home
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Kennewick, WA 99338
(509) 783-9532
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Published in Tri-City Herald on Feb. 21, 2017