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Estelle Foster (born Seely)


Gender: Female

Date of Birth: April 5, 1922

Date of Death: October 3, 2011

Birth Place: Duncan, OK

Death Place: Duncan, OK

Estelle Seely Foster

DUNCAN — Estelle Seely Foster
April 5, 1922 — Oct. 3, 2011

Estelle Seely Foster, 89, of Duncan, departed this life to her home in Heaven on Monday, Oct. 3, 2011, in the Wilkins Nursing Center.

Graveside service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, in the Duncan Cemetery, with the Rev. Steve Gillispie and the Rev. Lynn Parkhurst officiating. Interment is under direction of Bailes-Polk Funeral Home.

She was born April 5, 1922, 7 miles east of Duncan, the eldest daughter of John and Mary Ruth (Starkey) Seely.

Even though they were both born in Stephens County, she met her one and only sweetheart of 58 years, Virgil Foster, in Big Spring, Texas, and they married, Feb. 23, 1940, in the parsonage of First Baptist Church. They returned to Stephens County and took up residence in Duncan on July 10, 1946.

They were blessed with three sons: Virgil Keith, Ronnie Wayne and Guy Ernest. Virgil began working as a carpenter and Estelle was a homemaker until their youngest son was 8 years old. She entered the work force first as a sales clerk, but upon completion of LaJean’s Beauty School, she opened a shop in her home so she would be at home more with her boys.

Unable to complete high school as a teen, she attended Comanche High School and graduated with her youngest son in May 1966. She continued her education by attending Great Plains Area Vo-Tech School of Practical Nursing, where she graduated in March 1973. She worked at Duncan Medical Hospital and various area nursing homes.

Estelle always loved old people and gave them the best of care. In later years, she worked private duty nursing and Hospice care, finally ending her career as a private caregiver due to a heart attack at 80 years of age. Bypass surgery and multiple strokes could not get her down, but they did force her into assisted living.

Since Estelle had always been so busy, it was difficult for her to adjust to restricted living. She missed checking on her homebound friends. She was kind, considerate and very generous. Her hobbies included sewing, cooking, crocheting, quilting, working in her flower beds and being with her family.

Estelle was a Christian and in earlier life she taught the junior age children in Sunday school and training union. She loved working in vacation Bible school.

Estelle is survived by her sons, Wayne Foster and wife, Mary, of Comanche, retired Army Lt. Col. Guy Foster and wife, Susan, of Enid; three granddaughters: Rhonda Foster Ellington and husband ,Paul, of Celina, Texas, April Foster Nighswonger and husband, Howard, of Alva, and Amanda Foster Rohrig and husband, Chuck, of San Antonio, Texas; one grandson, Brian Foster, of Columbia, Mo.; and three great-grandsons, Ryan Ellington, of Celina, and Lewis and Henry Nighswonger, of Alva.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Mary Ruth Seely; her sister, Christine Seely Lamb; her brothers, John (Jack) Seely and Virgil (Pop) Seely; her daughter-in-law, Joetta Lester Foster; her eldest son, and Virgil Keith (Sonny) Foster, in a traffic accident on Dec. 27, 1960; and her dear husband, Virgil Foster, by cancer on Easter Sunday, April 12, 1998.

In lieu of flowers, please give a donation to the Parkview Baptist Church Transportation Fund.

Published in The Duncan Banner, (OK) – October 5, 2011

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