Billie Lou Foster passed through Heaven’s gates on April 22, 2022, surrounded by family and comforted by her faith in, and love for, our lord and savior Jesus Christ.

Billie came into our world on June 16, 1943. Born in Williston, North Dakota, to Norville and Lillian Scott, Billie spent her formative years in Williston.

Billie met the love of her life, John Foster, in North Dakota when Billie was 14. True childhood sweethearts, the two were married in Billie’s home town in 1961 - the beginning of a beautiful 61-year union.

Billie and John gave life to two children, Suzanne and Timothy, and shortly after moved to California, eventually settling down in Redway in 1971.

Billie and her family attended the Nazarene Church in Redway until it shuttered in the early 1980s. Billie and her family then began attending the Weott Christian Church, where Billie was a familiar face every Sunday for over 40 years.

Billie graduated from College of the Redwoods in 1981 with a degree in early childhood development. She taught at Noah’s Arc school in Redway (formerly the Nazarene Church) for 15 years, a career which she often fondly recollected to her family.

Billie enjoyed square dancing. She was active at the Healy Senior Center in Redway, and the Women’s Civics Club, and gave often to charity.

Billie enjoyed being active in her church, supportive of her family, and being loving and kind to all who knew her.

Billie’s favorite summertime activity was to go camping with her family, which she did every year for 30 years. She enjoyed watching her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchild play in Trinity Lake.

Billie loved to play cards - and always won. Her family joked that it was because Jesus was on her side. While that may be the case, she was also a flat-out terrific card player.

Billie is survived by her husband, John (Jack) Foster, daughter Suzanne Dedekam, granddaughter Michelle Butler, grandson Jon Dedekam, and great-grandchildren Robert Dedekam, Noah Dedekam, Braxton and Brayden Burlison, and Adrian Butler.

A celebration of her life will be held on May 21, 2022 at 2 p.m. at the Weott Christian Church. All family and friends are invited.


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