Jeanie Patricia Elizabeth (Scott) Foster passed on Dec. 27, 2012 after a courageous and valiant battle with declining health, which she fought with dignity and grace.
Jeanie was born on Nov. 18, 1948, the youngest of six children of the late Serena and Charles Scott. She was educated in the Baltimore City Public School System and was a proud graduate of Paul Laurence Dunbar Senior High School (Class of 1966). After graduation, she secured employment with Western Electric while attending Coppin State College. She received her bachelor’s degree from Coppin State College in elementary education in 1973. In 1981, she earned a master’s in education administration from Johns Hopkins University.
On Aug. 30, 1975, Jeanie was joined in holy matrimony to Edward Foster. A light illuminated their union when Tennille Foster was born. Jeanie was a loving and caring wife and mother who tirelessly worked to create a home for her family.
Jeanie was a worker bee who worked for 39 years in Baltimore City Public Schools. She started her teaching career at William Pinderhughes Elementary School. Always looking for an opportunity to grow, she became a vocational support services team member at Carver Vocational Technical High School, Edmondson-Westside Skill Center and Mergenthaler Vocational Technical High School. She was always a counselor at heart, being a confidante and mentor to countless students at Thurgood Marshall High School, Fairmount Harford High School, Harbor City, Patterson High School and Reginald Lewis High School. Jeanie worked the Summer School, Saturday School and After School programs.
Jeanie loved accessories and jewelry, which resulted in her selling jewelry. Her love of home decoration, art and collection decorative items resulted in the start of her own business, J.P. Foster Design Services.
Her greatest joy was spending time with her family and friends. Jeanie was a lot of fun, always laughing and telling amusing stories. It was especially amusing when you caught her in one of her soapbox moments and she started giving speeches and imitating her father and mother. One thing for sure, aside from being a school counselor, she was a counselor and advisor when you needed guidance in your personal life. She was there for you and never gave you a negative or critical word. Jeanie always believed and assured you that things would work out.
Jeanie was a faithful and prayerful person, who was raised with a strong Christian foundation. She was introduced to God as an early age by her mother.
Her early years were spent at Southern Baptist Church. She was an active member for many years serving as a member of the Young Adult Choir and a greeter. She joined Northwood-Appold United Methodist Church where she became a member of the United Methodist Women’s Ministry. Her spiritual path was directed to Huber Memorial Church, where she enjoyed the teaching ministry of her pastor, the Rev. P.M. Smith. She especially grew from attending bible study classes at Huber. The sharing sessions of the Women of Integrity Ministry was a source of inspiration. She exuded energy and joy for life that truly reflected her personal relationship with God.
To have known Jeanie is to have touched the hands of love. The lives of many have been empowered by her courage and strength. Jeanie made an impression on all who knew her by her smile, gregarious nature, and uniquely being just herself.
Jeanie’s life will forever be cherished and celebrated by: her husband of thirty-seven years, Edward Foster Jr.; the joy of her life, her daughter, Tennille Foster (Kelly); sister, Jessie Cain Wilson; brothers, Charles Scott Jr. and Randolph Scott. Her brothers, Carl Grant and Joseph Grant preceded her in death. She also leaves to cherish her memory; two sisters-in-law, Mary Jones and Shirley Woodson; one brother-in-law, Samuel Jones; one godchild, Jerome Wright; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends.
Jeanie was a motherly influence to her husband’s children, who she loved as her own, Edwina Foster, Edward A. Foster III (Anita), Narvi Foster (Kim) and Timothy Foster (Nena). Grandma Jeanie will be missed by her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Jeanie lived a full life and provided her family and friends with stories and memories to share with generations to come.