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Marilyn (Fisher) Foster

September 29, 1938 ~ July 26, 2021 (age 82)


Marilyn Maxine Fisher Foster passed away on Monday, July 26th, 2021 in Indianapolis, Indiana. She was born September 29, 1938 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, before moving to St. Louis, Missouri as a child. She joins her mother and father, Maxine (née Gibson) and Floyd Eads Fisher as well as a stillborn son, Michael John, in heaven. 


Marilyn was married to Robert F. Foster, Sr. for 16 years and had four children: Mercury/Bobby Roberts (Adelyn), Jeffrey Foster (Julie), Michael Foster, and Julia/Julie Foster. She adored her five grandchildren: Robyn (Matt), Amanda (Dave), Timothy, William, and Caroline, as well as her five great-grandchildren: Hazel, Dash, Maeve, Willa, and Madelyn, with one more on the way. Marilyn was the oldest of four siblings and is survived by her brothers, Gary (Margaret) and Roy, and her sister, Pat Cox. She is also survived by 5 nieces: Leslie, Mindy, Jana, Debbie, and Marsha.


Marilyn graduated from Kirkwood High in 1956. After graduating in 1960 from Washington University in St. Louis with a BS in Ed, she spent 20 years working in Elementary Education. She received her Masters of Education counseling from the University of Missouri - St. Louis in 1988. She then worked and lived with 2 developmentally disabled adult women who were able to live independently because of her presence in their home, followed by several years caring for the father of a dear friend. She retired from full-time work in 2012, at the age of 74.


She was an amazing mother who would do anything to see her children happy. Our mother was incredibly generous and gave us so many gifts, including life, unconditional love and acceptance, new and fun experiences, an incredible education, and taught us compassion and inclusion. Marilyn was a devout Catholic, and spent the last 4 years as a resident of Little Sisters of the Poor St. Augustine Home in Indianapolis, Indiana, where she could be close to Jeff’s large and loving family. Marilyn loved living in this Catholic residence among the nuns (especially Sister Erin), and she thrived, including during the shutdown of the facility during the Covid-19 pandemic. She even learned to video chat with her children long distance on her smartphone! Marilyn was finally reunited with all of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren for the last time this past April.


A Catholic funeral Mass was held at the Little Sisters of the Poor St. Augustine Home for the nuns and residents. A private service for the family will take place August 24th in St. Louis, Missouri. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Little Sisters of the Poor St. Augustine Home, 2345 W. 86th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46260.

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