Margetta was born August 15, 1930 in Dallas, Texas to Eli Lawrence & Clara Ann Cox. They moved from Dallas to Amarillo where Margetta grew up and attended school. She graduated high school in 1947. She completed 2 years at Amarillo Community College. She then attended and graduated from West Texas State College in Canyon, Texas with her degree in Elementary Education with a minor in English.
During her growing up years, Margetta was active in the San Jacinto Methodist Church. In 1951 she met Russell Lee Foster who was also attending West Texas as part of Air Force training. They met over coffee. In 1952 her pastor married Russell & Margetta on June 25th in Amarillo, Texas.
Russ & Margetta lived in Crestview, Florida where Russ was stationed nearby with the US Air Force. They lived there 1 year and then moved to Valparaiso, Florida. Margetta taught first grade at Eglin Elementary School on the Air Force base. Margetta started her first day with 43 students. They quickly added another 1st grade class.
In 1955 they moved to Idaho for a month and ran the store in Elk River so Russ’s folks could go on vacation. They then located in Spokane, Washington where Margetta taught at Loma Vista Elementary School. Russ worked for the Spokane Daily Chronicle. In 1957 they were blessed with their first child, Melinda Anne. Tom followed in 1960. Margetta continued to substitute teach after the kids were born, as well as being involved in the pre-school PTA.
In 1962 they purchased the IGA store in Deary, Idaho from Vic & Pearl Anderson. They renamed the store Foster & Son Food Market, which they owned for 22 years. Margetta was the book keeper, meat wrapper & clerk. She also substitute taught during that time. She loved teaching. She was also involved in the local PTA.
Margetta was active in the Deary Community Bible Church during their years in Deary. She taught Sunday School, directed Vacation Bible School and served in many ways. She also loved her family & friends and enjoyed doing things for them.
Margetta served on the Latah County Library Board for over 25 years. She was the Chief Election Judge in Deary for many years as well. She also volunteered with hospice for several years.
Margetta enjoyed doing crafts, reading and watching old time movies. She also had a huge green thumb with endless house plants to prove it and loved to share these with family and friends.
Margetta is survived by the love of her life, her husband of 63 years, Russ, of Deary; Daughter Melinda (Steve) of Jerome, Idaho and son Tom (Linda) of Deary. She is also survived by her 3 favorite grandchildren, Lindi, Naphtali & Zach and dear friends Dennis & Vickie Griner & family, nieces and nephews and extended family.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Lawana Sallee.
A memorial service will be held Sunday, January 10th, 2016, 2 PM at the Deary Community Bible Church. Pastors Jared Donigian and Matt Hallson will officiate. Light refreshments will follow. A family burial will be held at a later date at Pinecrest Cemetery at Deary.
A public viewing will be held Thursday, January 7th, 2016 at Short’s Funeral Chapel in Moscow, Idaho from 5 – 7 PM.
Memorial gifts in Margetta’s honor can be made to the Deary Community Bible Church, the Spokane Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association or Good Samaritan Society in Moscow, Idaho.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Short’s Funeral Chapel, Moscow, and online condolences may be sent to www.shortsfuneralchapel.net.