Press Release Provided by Mount Vernon Nazarene University
August 20, 2015 - 12:27 AM
MOUNT VERNON, Ohio-Longtime MVNU contributor and
supporter Mrs. Edith Foster passed away Sunday, Aug. 16, 2015. Foster
and her late husband, Dale, were instrumental not only in supporting the
MVNU community through word and deed, but to the initial fundraising of
Mount Vernon Nazarene College and its presence in the Mount Vernon
Foster was born Nov. 3, 1925, in Nelsonville, Ohio to the late
Bernard and Venice (Cook) Inman. She was a member of the First Church of
the Nazarene in Mount Vernon where she played piano for the
congregation for over 20 years. Foster was previously a member of the
Mrs. Foster's late husband Dale
E. Foster owned Foster's Pharmacy in Mount Vernon and was a vital
community member. In 1966, Dale's fundraising efforts during MVNC's
early days were "instrumental in the community effort to persuade the
college to locate in Mount Vernon." Dale served as trustee for the North
Central Ohio district of the Church of the Nazarene from 1966-86 and
was MVNU's Men's Golf Coach. Dale was awarded an honorary doctor of
letters in 1988. Both Dale and Edith Foster were named honorary alumni
for their contributions and dedication to the University.
Together, the Fosters created
an athletic endowment scholarship for baseball, golf, men's and women's
basketball, and women's volleyball. Each year Foster Endowed
Scholarships are given to male and female athletes at MVNU who excel in
athletics as well as their academic studies. Recipients also display a
Christian witness and show leadership efforts on campus and in the
community. In recent years Edith contributed to Ariel Arena, as Foster
Hall has been named in honor of the Fosters.
Foster is survived by her
daughter and son-in-law, Teresa and Dr. Richard York of Mount Vernon; a
granddaughter, Megan M. York of Mount Vernon; and a niece, Cheryl (Kurt)
Nunnally of Nelsonville.
Foster was preceded in death by her husband, Dale E. Foster in 2002.
The family has requested that in
lieu of flowers, contributions be made in memory of Edith to assist
student athletes at MVNU. If you would like to contribute to the Foster
endowment fund, please go to giving.mvnu.edu to give online, or send a
gift to Mount Vernon Nazarene University, 800 Martinsburg Road, Mount
Vernon, OH 43050.
Calling hours for Mrs. Foster
were be held Wednesday, Aug. 19, at First Church of the Nazarene in
Mount Vernon, Ohio. Funeral Services are today, Thursday, Aug. 20, at 11 a.m.,
with Pastor Russ Gumm officiating. Burial will be held in St. Johns
MVNU President Dr. Henry
Spaulding said, "Edith Foster belongs to that great cloud of witnesses
referred to in Hebrews. She stood tall when it mattered for the
University. She believed that God had plans for a young University.
Edith's love of the Lord and support for MVNU has enabled countless
students to attend MVNU who are debtors to her sacrificial life."
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