Katherine Foster



Katherine (Kay) Foster of Mariposa passed quietly June 25 following a brief illness at John C. Fremont hospital.

Born Katherine Ruth McDougal on June 1, 1923, in Chattanooga, Tenn., to Forrest McDougle and Viola Gravitt McDougle, Kay had five siblings, three sisters and two brothers, each preceding her in death.

Surviving the Great Depression, Kay and family managed to continue farming their land until the Dustbowl event. Their land useless, they moved to California in search of a new life.

Kay’s new life had her engaged in many things. Kay worked a number of jobs from nursing to shipbuilding, welding to waitressing, and more before meeting the love of her life, Jack Foster. They were married in 1948 and lived a loving, happy life together until Jack passed unexpectedly in 1997. During their marriage they had two sons, Troy, and his younger sibling, Gary.

Kay was an avid reader, creator of decorative art, ruthless card player, and, while rarely revealing it, a person of extreme intellect. Her wit, charm, humor and ability to be a great friend to most anyone were qualities for which she will long be remembered. Her approachable style and comforting demeanor would attract people to her as bees to honey. She was loved by many, family or not.

Kay was fiercely independent and was still driving and taking care of all her business and needs until fate dealt her a broken leg in 2017. She never fully recovered from that injury. However, even hampered by that injury, Kay was an inspiration to all. Her courage, tenacity and general can-do demeanor served her and all who knew her.

Tragically, Kay was preceded in death by her son Gary. She is survived by her son Troy Foster of Mariposa; step-daughter, Jackie Bragdon of Sequim, Wash.; granddaughter, Amber Foster of Litchfield Park, Ariz.; grandson Bryan Foster of Chandler, Ariz; and four great-grandchildren.

Kay’s wishes included no services, however, in lieu of flowers or cards, a donation in her name can be made to the Gary Sinise Foundation (for veterans) at Gary Sinise Foundation, P.O. Box 50008, Studio City, CA 91614-5001 or The Mariposa SPCA, 5599 CA-49, Mariposa, CA 95338.

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