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Obituary ~ Mary Elizabeth "Beth" (Hammond) Foster
August 21, 1920 ~ April 11, 2014

The Globe Gazette
Mason City, Cerro Gordo County, Iowa
April 14, 2014

MASON CITY - Mary Elizabeth "Beth" Foster, 93, of Mason City, died Friday, April 11, 2014, at Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa. She had been battling multiple myeloma and several other health issues since being diagnosed in 2010.

A funeral mass will be held 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at Epiphany Parish Holy Family Catholic Church, 714 N. Adams Ave. Interment will be in Elmwood St. Joseph Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at Major Erickson Funeral Home, 111 N. Pennsylvania Ave.. A Rosary service will be held at 7 p.m. followed by a Scriptural Wake service at 7:30 p.m.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.majorericksonfuneralhome.com

Beth was born August 21, 1920, in Cut Bank, Montana, the daughter of Frank and Bridget (Connolly) Hammond.

She married John D. Foster December 19, 1944, in Klamath Falls, Oregon, and they began their new life in the West. Family call for help brought them back to Iowa and the family farm. They spent the next 4-plus decades in farm and community life, church life and raising their seven children surrounded by wonderful neighbors, friends and family. Each summer, Beth, John and the children would take a much-anticipated return trip to Montana to reconnect with Beth’s Mother and family members.

Beth was a wonderful Mother and inspiration to her children and to many who knew her. She had a twinkle in her eyes, a sweet, infectious smile and always wise and kind words — she was very, very easy to love.

Beth enjoyed watching birds, especially cardinals, gardening and flowers and keeping up on current events. She and Alan spent many an evening cheering on the Twins, Iowa, ISU or the local area teams via TV or radio. Her greatest joy was her family and friends. Their laughter and stories provided much happiness.

Beth was a faithful Catholic her whole life. She was a member of Epiphany Parish Holy Family Catholic Church and was very thankful in her later years for the homebound ministry that allowed her to receive Communion and continued fellowship in her home.

Beth is survived by her 7 children, Tim Foster of Vancouver, Washington, Jim (Mary) Foster of Chaska, Minnesota, Ann (Mark) Lorenz of Springville, Alan Foster of Mason City, Mary K (Ric) Anderson of Marshalltown, Lois (Terry) King of Duluth, Minnesota, and Joyce Foster of Cedar Rapids; 16 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Merry Lou (Al) Shaw of Wayne, Pennsylvania; brother-in-law, Marvin Schoneman of Garner.

Beth was preceded in death by her husband, John, in 1995; brother, Jim Hammond; and sister, Marge Vesterby.

Arrangements are with Major Erickson Funeral Home & Crematory, 111 N. Pennsylvania Ave., Mason City, Iowa 50401, 641-423-0924, www.majorericksonfuneralhome.com.

Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, March of 2017



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