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Juanita Beth Foster

KSAL StaffJune 19, 2018

Juanita Beth Foster, age 92, was welcomed into the presence of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. After many years of loving dedication to friends and family, Nita passed away peacefully in her home where she was able to stay throughout her later years of declining health because of the commitment and care of her son, Dale Foster, her daughter-in-law, Jackie, and her granddaughter, Janessa Warner.

She was born on July 31, 1925 in Glen Elder, Kansas to Homer and Gertrude Breitweiser. After graduating Glen Elder High School she taught all grades at a one-room country schoolhouse. Later she attended Brown Mackie College and used that education to become a secretary in Salina.

She married Ivan Dale Foster on January 13, 1952. Nita was the epitome of a traditional homemaker and a devoted wife and mother to three children. She enjoyed canning, gardening, and playing cards with friends, but her favorite pastime was sewing. She was an excellent seamstress, making clothing and doing alterations for her family and customers. Her favorite position was working at the Majik Needle in Abilene. She belonged to EHU, Christian Women’s Club, and served in her children’s 4-H and Scouting activities. Juanita faithfully attended the Brethren In Christ Church in Abilene until her last days on earth.

Juanita was the third of six children and was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ivan; her twin infant sons; her older brother Keith Breitweiser and sister Marjorie Ratzlaff.

Left to cherish her memory are her children Carol (Bobby) Armstrong, Gulfport, MS, Dale (Jackie) Foster, Enterprise, KS, Janice (Guy) Warner, Gulfport, MS; her remaining siblings, Ruth Self, Salina, KS, Mary Andersen, Salina, KS, and Jean Hartley, Weston, MO; seven grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

The family will receive friends for visitation on Wednesday, June 20 from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM at Martin-Becker-Carlson Funeral Home. Funeral service will be held at Brethren In Christ Church on Buckeye in Abilene at 11:00 AM on Thursday, June 21 with Pastor Dale Engle officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her honor to the Brethren In Christ Church, or to help fund Janessa Warner’s upcoming missions work to Nepal, in care of Martin-Becker Funeral Home, 414 NW 3rd Abilene, Kansas 67410. Condolences may be sent to the family at

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