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Esther Foster

January 24, 1923 — October 21, 2018

Esther Foster

Esther Lucile Foster age 95, passed away on October 21, 2018 at Medicalodges of Independence.

Esther was born the same day as her brother Chester Hobart, in Independence, KS on January 24, 1923 to Thomas E and Stella May (Roach) Hobart. Esther attended school and graduated from Cedar Vale High School with the class of 1941. After graduation she attended Pittsburg State University where she became a teacher due to the severe shortage of educators during World War II. Esther taught for five years before working for Boeing as an accounts payable clerk.

After the war, she was united in marriage to William "Bill" Jefferson Foster on November 7, 1947. Bill worked for Southwestern Bell and the couple was un-located for 2 ½ years making 26 moves during that time from East to West. Their mobile home was a great asset during those moves. In 1950 they bought a home and small acreage in Arkansas City; it was there that they were blessed with the birth of a daughter and a son. In 1960 they moved to Independence where they purchased 80 acres and built a home. Esther was a homemaker, staying at the farm caring for her children, working with the 4-H, attending the children's school activities, church activities, helping Bill with the farm and cattle, and everything else that came along that makes a homemaker so much more. Esther and Bill loved country and western music; they made several trips to Branson a year to enjoy concerts. They also enjoyed visiting and traveling to scenic areas across the United States.

Esther's memories will live on with her children, Marla Foster Ware, and David "Thaine" Foster and his wife Cheryl, granddaughter Amanda Kaufman her husband Anthony, great-grandson Eli Kaufman and soon to be great-grandson Samuel Kaufman.

She now rests with her parents, her husband of 56 years Bill, and brother Chester Hobart.

Private family services will be held and Esther will be laid to rest next to her husband Bill in Greenlawn Cemetery. The family suggests memorials be made payable to the American Heart Association and they may be sent in care of Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel 2405 Woodland Ave. Coffeyville, KS 67337. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit

Memorial Contributions

American Heart Association
7272 Greenville Avenue
Dallas, TX  75231
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