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LAMAR-Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Daniel Funeral Home for Betty L. Foster, 86, Lamar, who died Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, at Truman Healthcare Center, surrounded by her family. Burial will be in Lake Cemetery.

Visitation will be held prior to the service, beginning at 1 p.m.


Memorial contributions may be made to Fair Haven Children’s Home, in care of the funeral home.


Condolences may be shared at www.danielfuneralhome.net.


Survivors include a son, Russell Foster and wife Teresa, Kansas City, Mo.; a daughter, Karen Gilmartin and husband Jim, Lamar; a sister, Duritha Eaton, Spring Arbor, Mich.; six grandchildren, Jared Foster and wife Kelly, Sara Foster, April Brown and husband Tim and Austin, Dylan and Krista Gilmartin and a great-grandson, Owen Foster.


She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard Foster, on Jan. 1, 2009; two brothers, Calvin and Clifford Thompson and three sisters, Aline Thompson, Fleeta Matles and Melba Tomlin.


Mrs. Foster was born Oct. 31, 1927, at Healdton, Okla., to Thomas and Lottie (Davis) Thompson. After graduating from high school in Brownstown, Ill., she worked for several years as a secretary at the Pentagon. It was in Washington, D.C. that she met Howard Foster, a young Marine who was hospitalized after a serious accident that left him disabled. Howard and Betty were married May 1, 1954 and they dedicated more than 40 years to ministry. As the wife of a gospel preacher, she will be remembered as a tireless worker for the Lord as they served Churches of Christ in Cumberland and Baltimore, Md., and in Bona, Lamar, Centerpoint and Stockton. After retiring in 1986 they made their home in Lamar.


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