Verna Foster

Verna G. Foster, 96, of Maquoketa, passed away on Friday evening, Jan. 4, 2019, at Maquoketa Care Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.

A celebration of Verna’s life will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 11, at First United Methodist Church in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa.

Verna Gertrude McCullough was born on March 23, 1922, in Maquoketa, Iowa, to David and Nina (DeMoss) McCullough. She was a 1939 graduate of Maquoketa High School and shortly thereafter received her teaching certificate from the University of Dubuque. She then taught school at five different country schools over the span of two decades. In 1960, she began teaching at Briggs Elementary School in Maquoketa where she taught first and second grades for 23 years. In 1971 she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Marycrest College. This allowed her to continue teaching with the new requirements set forth by the State of Iowa. She retired in 1984 having taught a total of 31 years.

Verna married Melvin J. Foster on May 17, 1941, in Maquoketa. To this union nine children were born. Melvin passed away on March 9, 1999.

Verna was an active and faithful member of First United Methodist Church. Some of the church groups she was involved in were the United Methodist Women, Rachel Circle and Stephen’s Ministry. She also was a proud member of organizations in the Maquoketa community, which included the Maquoketa Garden Club, Mother’s Club, Retired Teachers, and the Jackson County Roadrunners Camping Club. Additionally, she had served as a resident advocate for residents at Maquoketa Care Center. She had a special love for children and the elderly, and enjoyed quilting, traveling, camping and boating.

Those left to honor Verna’s memory include her children, Geraldine (Robert) Williams of Modesto, California, David (Joanne) Foster of S. Lake Tahoe, California, Nancy (Dr. Wayne) Wagoner of Maquoketa, Susan Foster of Cedar Rapids, Terry (Dan) Miller of Bettendorf, James (Marilyn) Foster of Maquoketa, and Robert “Bob” (Dianna) Foster of Monmouth, Iowa; 21 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; two step-granddaughters; and three step-great-grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Melvin, one infant brother, a daughter Linda Wiese, and a son Bill Foster.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be directed to First United Methodist Church in Maquoketa.

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