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Terry S. Foster

July 14, 1940 November 26, 2011
Terry S. Foster
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Obituary for Terry S. Foster

Terry �Speed� Foster, a resident of Milford since the early 1960�s, died on Saturday, November 26, 2011 of cancer diagnosed just four weeks before. She was 71 years old. Born on July 14, 1940 in Great Bend, Kansas, she was the daughter of Hubert and Anza (Barnes) Thies. After graduation from High School, she went to Kansas State University (KSU) where she was a member of Gamma Phi Beta and acquired the name of "Speedy/Speed". While at KSU she met and fell in love with King Foster, a fellow Kansan. The couple was married on Labor Day weekend of 1962 and moved to Milford where King had been recruited by the General Motors Proving Grounds and Terry began teaching with Huron Valley Schools. The couple was married for 44 years, raising their family, traveling widely and enjoying their winter home in Arizona and summer home in Pentwater. King preceded her in death in October of 2006.
The years of her widowhood were marked by her lifelong selflessness and interest in others. �Speed� was a deacon at Milford Presbyterian Church and sang in the choir. She continued to travel, take daily walks, follow her teams in football and basketball and play bridge with good friends. Her companionship with Hugh Larsen was a blessing to them both. And her children and grandchildren remained primary focuses.
She is survived by her son, Lt. Colonel J. Wade (Stacey) Foster, USMC, and daughter Gwen (Dan) Umbach of Brighton; grandchildren, Colette, Gabrielle, Eliana, Nicholas, Olivia and Anza, her dear companion Hugh W. Larsen and a wide circle of extended family and dear friends who mourn the passing of a good woman and give thanks to God for her life among them.

Funeral from Milford Presbyterian Church, Saturday, December 3, 2011 at 10 AM. Friends may visit at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 404 E. Liberty Street, Milford, Friday from 4-9 PM. For further information please phone 248.684.6645.

Memorial Contributions are as follows:

#1: Ovarian Cancer Research Fund
To donate:
Your gift will support OCRF in our mission to fund the best and most promising ovarian cancer research. With your help, we can and will find better ways to prevent, treat, and cure this disease. ?OCRF has been named a four-star charity by Charity Navigator, the country's premier independent evaluator of non-profit organizational efficiency and meets the extensive Standards for Charity Accountability developed by the BBB Wise Giving Alliance, a national charity monitoring organization affiliated with the Better Business Bureau.
#2: Campus Crusade for Christ
Helping to fulfill the Great Commission in the power of the Holy Spirit by winning people to faith in Jesus Christ, building them in their faith and sending them to win and build others; and helping the Body of Christ do evangelism and discipleship. CCI is a worldwide organization with ministries that touch all areas of life. This ministry has been key in the discipleship of Gwen and will be for her girls as they enter college. You can support the team Gwen and Dan have supported (Mark and Diane Brown, Miami University) at or give to a more general fund at
#3: Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund
To Donate:
The needs of our wounded continue to grow. Many service members will need long-term assistance as they adjust to lives that are forever changed due to the extent of their injuries. We rely on the generosity of our donors to support our wounded heroes and their families during some of their most difficult days. Every donation, both large and small, from corporate gifts to individual contributions, DOES make a difference!

A note from Gwen & Wade: Thank you for your charitable donation in mom's memory.
She was always planning ahead. Her Charitable Trust will make scholarship donations to
Kansas State University, Washtenaw Community College
and the Beta Upsilon chapter of the Gamma Phi Beta Sorority.


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