Sunday, May 1, 2011

Saying Goodbye to Amazing, Ceaseless Justice Advocate Ellie Foster

It is with great sadness that I share with you the news of the passing of my mother, Eleanor "Ellie" Foster

by David Arthur Foster on Sunday, May 1, 2011 at 2:14pm


Ellie in action, in a pic from 2007. thanks Mark.

Dear friends,

It is with great sadness that I share with you the news of the passing of my mother, Eleanor "Ellie" Foster. Ellie had been diagnosed with congestive heart failure several months ago and complications brought her back to the hospital on Easter day.

The extended Foster family had initially wanted to bring her home with the help of Hospice but her condition made transport very risky and we ultimately decided that it was easier for us to simply move into Dominican Hospital as a household to share with Ellie in her final days. Ellie remained lucid and loving and full of humor up to the end and passed away peacefully Wednesday evening, April 27th.

Ellie was 84. My father, Herb, will continue to live in the granny unit next to our house on Miles Street in Santa Cruz with the help of 24 hour care from In-Home Support Services and family members. He has Alzheimer's so in spite of having visited Ellie in the hospital for a very wonderful goodbye he is having to re-live the news of her passing several times each day. He is slowly transitioning to a new level of relationship to Ellie.

Here's to Ellie.

David Foster

Linda's Hearth note: She left on Easter. I have heard that Friends (Quakers) are among the helpers with Foster family for planning a memorial service for Ellie. They will need a huge location to say goodbye to Ellie Foster! I miss her so much. I will add news here and on my fb page to follow up.



  1. Today, May 8th, I just learned that Ellie Foster died. I have found no obituary, and have not been able to find anything about a service for her. This wonderful woman cannot just slip away quietly--she needs to be eulogized for her lifetime of work for Peace and Freedom and Justice. I do hope there will some Celebration of her Life so that those of us in the Peace community can honor all Ellie's accomplishments. My deepest condolences to her dear husband Herb.
    Catherine O'Kelly

  2. Hi Linda - Francie tells me the family has just decided that Ellie's memorial will be May 28th at the Meeting House, followed by a potluck supper. This will come out to Meeting folks, and will be in the obituary, but if you know others who would like to know, please tell them! Nancy Andreasen


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