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In Memory of

Ellie S. Foster

April 12, 1928 - July 4, 2012

Obituary


Ellie Sanford Foster devoted sister, cousin and aunt to many, gained her release from further physical and mental decline on Independence Day July 4, 2012. Ellie had spent the last six years and four months of her life at Powhatan Nursing Home in Falls Church, VA.

She was born at Woodley farm just south of Orange, VA. to her parents Harry and Mary Louis Sanford. After some years in Orange, Unionville and Mitchells, VA schools, she graduated from Orange High School. She attended Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg and the Richmond Professional Institute where...

Ellie Sanford Foster devoted sister, cousin and aunt to many, gained her release from further physical and mental decline on Independence Day July 4, 2012. Ellie had spent the last six years and four months of her life at Powhatan Nursing Home in Falls Church, VA.

She was born at Woodley farm just south of Orange, VA. to her parents Harry and Mary Louis Sanford. After some years in Orange, Unionville and Mitchells, VA schools, she graduated from Orange High School. She attended Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg and the Richmond Professional Institute where she received her degree in social work. She was a faithful member of the Tabb St. Presbyterian Church in Petersburg. After moving to Chester, VA., Ellie became a teacher and also did volunteer work at the John Randolph Hospital in Hopewell, VA.

Upon her husband's death and the death of her mother, to whom she was devoted, Ellie moved to Northern Virginia and lived with her sister Eugenia (Gene), then moved to her own condo in Vienna. She continued her volunteer work for some 15 years including the Colson Ministries in Reston and tutoring of young children at the Malcom X School in Washington, DC with other members of the McLean Presbyterian Church. Ellie's life was characterized by giving, donation and outreach to others. She had firm faith and strong convictions. The staff members at her nursing home say that her strength of personality and occasional feistiness assure that she will be long remembered there.