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In Memory of

Josephine Mae Foster

December 22, 1941 - July 22, 2017

Obituary


Josephine Mae Foster - Judy to all her friends and family - was born in Jefferson, Iowa on December 22, 1941. Judy was the fourth of Lyle and Aleen Kirkham's five daughters. Judy's eldest sister Kaye and her youngest sister Bobbie have passed. Judy is survived by her older sisters Janet and Donna. The Kirkham household moved from Iowa to California in 1945, following the end of WWII to be near family. The Kirkhams lived in Chula Vista, Los Angeles, and finally Lancaster, where Judy graduated high school. Judy learned at an early age that...

Josephine Mae Foster - Judy to all her friends and family - was born in Jefferson, Iowa on December 22, 1941. Judy was the fourth of Lyle and Aleen Kirkham's five daughters. Judy's eldest sister Kaye and her youngest sister Bobbie have passed. Judy is survived by her older sisters Janet and Donna. The Kirkham household moved from Iowa to California in 1945, following the end of WWII to be near family. The Kirkhams lived in Chula Vista, Los Angeles, and finally Lancaster, where Judy graduated high school. Judy learned at an early age that she didn't really like school- she cut kindergarten on her first day, and was known to leave early on more than one occasion without anyone's permission but her own. Despite her dislike of school, she was an avid reader.

She developed a love of horses early on, and enjoyed riding in Balboa Park. While her mother Aleen was recovering from an auto accident, Judy lived with her Auntie Jo and became close with her cousins Patty and Ginger. In 1959, as she was about to graduate from high school, a young fellow who was friends with Judy's brother-in-law Ed saw Judy's graduation photo and was immediately captivated. He asked to meet the beauty in the photo, and was rewarded a few weeks later when he visited Kaye and Ed, unaware that Kaye had arranged to have Judy answer the door. It was truly love at first sight, and Ken and Judy quickly grew close. So close in fact, that they were married on Judy's 18th birthday in 1959, and set up house in the San Diego area. During their time there, the new couple had two children, LaVonne, who arrived in 1960, and Ken Jr., who followed a few years later in 1963.

The Foster family packed up and moved to the Sacramento area in 1963, where the family began to make a life for themselves, with Ken working as an auto upholsterer, and Judy working in manufacturing for a local almond processing plant, a job she held for 39 years and retired from in 2005. When she wasn't busy with her family and work, Judy took classes at a local junior college, tried her hand at the piano, enjoyed various crafts, was a member of the Beta Sigma Phi International Sorority, and loved antique shopping (OK, who are we kidding- she just loved to shop). She collected antique tea cup and saucer sets, enjoyed watching classic movies, especially mysteries and westerns, and REALLY enjoyed playing bingo and pulling the handles on slot machines. She also like to travel with Ken, especially when there was a casino at the other end of the trip. Judy certainly knew how to have fun- she and Ken had a reputation for busting out their Jitterbug skills at parties when their favorite 50s music would play.

In her later years, Judy spent a lot of time with her grand-children Alyshia, Joseph, Marissa, Aaron, and Jared, her daughter LaVonne's kids; and Matthew and Keira, her son Ken Jr's kids. She also enjoyed spoiling her great grandchildren Matthew, Mia, and Justin, her granddaughter Marissa's children.

Judy's love affair with Ken lasted 57 years- it was only cut short when Judy became ill and passed away suddenly on July 22, 2017. Her unique, quirky, and endearing personality and ready smile, and her loyalty and unwavering support for all her friends and family will be missed by everyone who knew her. Judy - sister, wife, mom, grandma, great grandma, friend, awesome dancer - you are missed more than words can express, and you will be forever in our hearts and thoughts.