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Thelma Louise Scales Foster

Memorial for Thelma Louise Scales Foster

Born in Austin, Texas on May 20, 1923
Departed on Sep. 15, 2014 and resided in Austin, TX.
Visitation: Friday, Sep. 26, 2014
1:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Service: Saturday, Sep. 27, 2014
11:00 am
Cemetery: Cook Walden Capital Parks
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Thelma Louise Scales Foster, a native Austinite, beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, cousin and friend, died peacefully Monday evening, September 15, 2014 in her home surrounded by her loving family.

Thelma Foster was the fifth of six children born to Embry J. and Jessie Mae Scales on May 30, 1923. She lived in South Austin during her early years until her parents moved the family to East Austin.

She professed a hope in Christ at the age of 11 years old, united with the Ebenezer Baptist Church and was baptized by Pastor Jerome C. Lott.

She attended schools in the Austin ISD and graduated from L.C. Anderson High School in 1942. She married her high school sweetheart, Kelly M, Foster, Sr., April 26, 1943 and to this union 5 children were born. After spending time as a housewife and caring for her children, she decided to venture out to work part-time in the Headstart Program at L.L. Campbell Elementary School. This job led to full-time employment in the Food Service Department of the Austin ISD, where she retired after 25 years of service.

Thelma was a devoted and faithful Christian and was a member of the Ebenezer Baptist Church for 20 years. Later, she united with her husband's church, Greater Mount Zion Baptist and has served there for over 60 years. She was a member of Usher Board #2 , the Deaconess, Mission I – Elizabeth Circle, Adult Sunday School Department, and in past years she was secretary for the Baptist Training Union. She was a willing, loyal and dedicated volunteer for the Greater Mount Zion Community Assistance and Referral Ministry located in the Craig House. Thelma had been a member of the Capital City Assembly 247, Order of the Golden Circle. She was a member of the Delta Friends Club, Original L.C. Anderson Alumni Association, Original L.C. Anderson Alumni Austin Chapter and the Chestnut Neighborhood Association.

Some of the awards she received were "Special Recognition Award for 50 Years of Outstanding Service to the Greater Mount Zion Church Family," Marriage Ministry Award and Capital City Chapter of TLOD, Inc. Senior Salute Award and Awards/Commendations from Austin ISD Food Service Department.

Thelma's passion in life was her love for her family and service to others. Her kindness, love, laughter and cheerful smile will always be remembered.

Thelma was preceded in death by her beloved parents, her loving and devoted husband of 69 years, Kelly M. Foster, Sr.; sister and brother-in-law, Ura Lee and Vivian "Doc" Overton; 4 brothers, Wilmer Scales, Thurman Scales, Cletis Scales and John Scales. Left to cherish her memories are 2 daughters, Barbara Foster Wilson of Austin, TX and Jo Ann Foster Lewis of Manor, TX; 3 sons, Kelly M. Foster, Jr. and wife, Sylvia of Katy, TX; John T. Foster and wife, Eliese of Austin, TX; and Charles E. Foster and wife, Sandra of Manor, TX; 9 grandchildren, Brandon, Daryl and wife, Melissa, Janeé, Frederic, Jr. and wife, Jocelyn; Delana and husband, Kevin; Terrence (T.J.), Charles, Jr. (Chuck), Andre' and Brianna; 9 great-grandchildren, James, John, Anthony, Elijah, Miles, Sarah, Jackson, Jurnee, and Frederic, III (Trip); brothers-in-law, Oliver T. Foster of Los Angeles, CA; Lawrence A. Foster, Lloyd L. Foster and wife, Leatrice of San Antonio, TX; sisters-in-law, Vernese N. Foster and Lue Etta Houston of Austin, TX and Carlos B. Foster of San Antonio, TX; nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives and friends.

Please have flowers delivered to Greater Mt. Zion Baptist Church on Friday, September 26, 1-7 pm.

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