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Frances Marva (Work) Foster
April 17, 1945 ~ June 22, 2023 (age 78) 78 Years Old
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Frances Marva Work Foster departed this life on Thursday, June 22nd at the Huntersville Health and Rehabilition Center in Huntersville, North Carolina. Frances, the daughter of the late Robert Augustus Work and Rissie Etta Odessa Derr Work, was born April 17th, 1945, in Iredell County, NC. She is preceded in death by her husband, James Foster.
Frances joined Torrence Chapel AME Zion church as a youth, where she was an active member. She served as a junior usher, became a faithful member of the Stroller Singers and participated in many church activities and functions with her family.
Frances matriculated in the Mecklenburg County School system, graduating in 1963 from Torrence Lytle High School playing in the marching band and a member of the girls' basketball team. She continued her education at Winston-Salem State University, graduating from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Frances's career spanned 36 years with Mecklenburg County, retiring from the Department of Social Services. In 1965, Frances and James Foster were married and welcomed two children whom they nurtured and adored. She and her husband were devoted parents, supporting their children in their hopes, dreams and endeavors, and building their foundation with a relationship with God. Frances was a woman of strong faith and dedication and loved her church, Torrence Chapel AME Zion where she was a member of the Board of Trustees, Women’s Home Overseas Missionary Society, Noon Day Bible Study Coordinator, Class Leader and President of the Stroller Singers. As a member of the choir, she enjoyed ministering through songs and frequently travelled to other churches throughout North and South Carolina to participate in their church worship and praise services.
Frances is survived and leaves to cherish her memory two children: Yolanda Foster Bolden (Garrett) of Winston-Salem, NC, James O’Brian Foster (Farrah) of Charlotte, NC; two sisters, Norma Work Hunsucker of Charlotte, NC, Vanessa Work Ramseur (Calvin) of Charlotte, NC; two brothers in-law, Johnnie Foster, Arnold Foster of Charlotte, NC; two sisters-in-law, Brenda Macon Foster, Carletta Foster of Charlotte, NC; three grandchildren; James O’Brian Foster II, Omari Bolden, Khalil Banks and a host of nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
We are grateful to God for allowing our family to have such a God-fearing, spiritual and virtual woman mold our lives. We have the assurance that her legacy continues to be a model for service to God in His Kingdom.