Carole A. Foster
Celebration of Life Saturday February 5th, 2022 at:
North County Community Church
7410 Howdershell Rd
Hazelwood MO 63042
Visitation at 10 am, service at 11am, luncheon following.
In lieu of flowers, feel free to donate to Carole’s favorite charities: World Vision, Compassion International, Salvation Army.
Carole A. Foster passed away at home on Sunday, January 23rd, 2022, with her husband Roger Foster by her side and surrounded by her loving family. She leaves behind her husband Roger, her brothers Patrick and Jim Dougherty, her five children, many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, and many many friends. She was pre-deceased by her father, mother, many relatives-she was 81- and by a beloved grandson and precious great granddaughter. So many lives, all touched by Carole. She was all about loving relationships.
Carole Anne was born in St. Louis, Missouri on March 6, 1940 as the second of three children to James Dougherty and Anne Dowling Dougherty. She grew up as part of a big extended Irish-American family in North St. Louis.
Her first marriage, to Gene Rodgers, of St. Louis, produced five pretty great children. Their marriage was not pretty great, and produced plenty of motivation to make the difficult but right decision of becoming a single mom in the 1970’s. She laid her life aside to raise her kids, with help from others-especially her mother Anne Dougherty. She more or less blossomed into a late-blooming hippie and nurtured her five raucous kids with love, and brought them along on her journey of discovering art and music and poetry and nature and all the beauty this world holds, as well as a sincere relational faith in God, to whom she always gave the credit for anything good in her life. She worked cleaning offices, waiting tables, assisting in nursing homes, driving school busses, and her favorite job of being a day care teacher at the JCCA.
She found healing from addiction and many wounds of her earlier life in the 12 Step movement. That is also where she found the love of her life, Roger Foster, who is definitely pretty great. She was always saying how thankful she was that God had given her a husband who loved and took such good care of her. We are all grateful for that.
We are also grateful that she beat cancer twice and stuck around a lot longer to continue being an amazing creative joyful loving grandma, a friend and mentor to so many, a hilarious story teller, a compassionate and insightful counselor, a writer, a poet, a painter, an over-busy meme poster on Facebook, a good aunt, wonderful sister, an icon of colorful fashion and unique interior design, and most of all, a devoted and loving best friend to her favorite person ever, whom she lovingly called her Jesus.
We all miss you Mom. All of us who ever knew you. The joy and love you had for all of us runs so deep that it cannot help but hurt and leave an empty space in our lives. But as you always said, the hole inside will become whole in time, by God’s grace and all our memories of your love and joy and…you. You were way more than pretty great. in faith, we trust that you still are.