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Barbara Jean (Ward) Foster was born June 29, 1928, to Leland Earl Ward and Ruth Ethel (Pilant) Ward in Omaha, Nebraska. She was raised in Omaha and graduated from Benson High School in 1946. Barb was united in marriage to William Foster on April 3, 1948. Barb and her husband Bill moved to Woodbine Iowa in 1970. While there they remodeled a 100+ year old farm house then later moved into town. While living on the farm, Barb began a part-time cake decorating business and later began the Oakhill drapery, blinds & upholstery business from her home. She also worked part-time at the Woodbine Twiner in the late 80's to early 90's. Barb moved to Columbus, Nebraska in 2003 where she lived close to her son David and family. While living in Columbus, Barb became active in the Columbus Senior Center, enjoyed swimming and water exercise at the Columbus Aquatic Center and attended St. John's Lutheran Church with her daughter-in-law Carol. She also made some very dear friends and she will be greatly missed.
Barb's hobbies included quilting and crocheting afghans for all of her grandchildren and other family members. Barb also liked to do needle work and knitting. Conducting her own genealogy search also took up a good portion of her time.
Barb died on Monday, May 6, 2013, at the Golden Living Center in Columbus, Nebraska at the age of 84 years, 10 months, and seven days.
Barb was preceded in death by her parents; husband, William E. Foster in January of 2000; sister, Betty Ann Slinkard; and best friend, Shirley Townsend. She is survived by two sons, David (Carol) Foster of Columbus, Nebraska and Vernon (Polly) Foster of Boise, Idaho; five grandchildren, Adam, Allan, Heather, Mary and Richard and six great grandchildren, Joel, Alexander, Kayden, Kaylee, AJ and Kaira and a set of twins on the way later in 2013, several cousins, nieces and nephews.
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