Thelma Doris Colglazier Foster Dies November 8


Thelma Doris Colglazier Foster of Water Mill died November 8, 2017, surrounded by loving family members. She was 93.

Known as “Doris,” Mrs. Foster was born and raised in Holyoke, Colorado. Her parents were the late Cecil B. Colglazier and Effie Huff Colglazier. She was raised in a family of 11 children, Ernest, Louise, Lucille, Harold, Bernice, Myrtle, Edith, Dale and Merle, all of whom predeceased her. Her parents also raised their granddaughter, Edith, daughter of Myrtle and Warren Walgren, after Myrtle died.

She attended Amitie School and Holyoke High School. She then attended the Presbyterian Hospital School of Nursing in Denver, graduating on August 3, 1945.

After graduating from nursing school, she traveled to Greenville, Mississippi, where she married Gilbert Foster in an Army post chapel on August 19, 1945. In October 1945 she traveled to Water Mill, her husband’s hometown, while her husband completed his military service. They lived together for 65 years in the old Water Mill farmhouse in which her husband was born and raised.

Survivors said she was blessed with many loyal friends and neighbors through the years and they along with her family brought her much joy and support.

While living in Water Mill, she was active in school activities, projects to support the Water Mill Museum and helped out at polling places on Election Day. As part of a community, she was always available to help neighbors when needed and they were there for her in return.

She resided in East Quogue for the last few years of her life.

Predeceased by her husband, Gilbert S. Foster, she is survived by seven children, Beverly Foster Brown, Leonard Foster, Stuart Foster (Kathy), Brian Foster (Deborah), Melissa Foster Dombrowski (Gene), Cathy Foster Connor, and Scott Foster; nine grandchildren, Demetrius Brown (Karen), Nichole Foster Williams, Kevin Foster (Patricia), April Foster Bowler, Stuart Foster (Erin), Ashley Foster Puglia (Thomas), Courtney Foster Cato (Bud), Kelly Dombrowski Miller (Kyle), Brittany Foster (Kurt); great-grandchildren, Jordyn, Julian, Aiden and Marcus Brown, Abigail and Casey Williams and Eloise Foster, Hailey Foster, and Isabelle Miller; and many nieces and nephews and their children living in various areas of the United States.

She was predeceased by a granddaughter, Stephanie Foster.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Brockett Funeral Home in Southampton.

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