Maggie Belle Foster

Mancos resident Maggie Belle Foster died Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012, at the Valley Inn. She was 95.

Mrs. Foster was born to Robert E. Lee and Willie Mae (Ratliff) Fogle on July 7, 1917, in El Paso, Texas.

She grew up in El Paso, graduating from Austin High School in 1934 at 16. She went on to attend the International Business College in El Paso, graduating in 1935.

After graduation, she went to work for the Al Hardy Oil Co., where she met George Arthur Foster Jr. The couple married on April 15, 1939, in El Paso.

In 1948, they moved to Carlsbad, N.M.

Mrs. Foster went to work as a legal secretary for Stagner, Sage, and Walker in 1961 before becoming the personal secretary for Judge Caswell Neal. She eventually worked in the Eddy County Court Clerk’s office and retired in the early 1980s.

Mrs. Foster was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, where she taught Sunday School for 10 years and served on various committees. She was a member of Beta Sigma Phi, the international women’s friendship network, for 69 years.

After retirement, Mrs. Foster volunteered with the hospital auxiliary as a “Pink Lady.” She was also an avid bridge player.

She moved to Mancos in June.

Mrs. Foster was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, George A. Foster, Jr.; and son George Arthur Foster III.

She is survived by her daughter, Sharon Marie Harper, of Breen; son William Lee Foster of Carlsbad; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Cremation has taken place. A graveside service will be held at a later date in Carlsbad.

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