Doris Wolff Foster

July 12th, 1919January 6th, 2018

Born July 12, 1919 in Rye NY, raised in Scarsdale and Manhattan to Helen Bernhard Wolff and Sidney Wolff, she is the elder sibling of Midge Dew Rauch of Sumter SC and Austin Wolff of Seattle WA who predeceased her. Doris studied voice at Oberlin and Political Science at University of Colorado in Boulder. She married Frank Wesley Foster, Geologist of Boulder in August of 1942 and moved to Billings and Bismarck and back to Boulder. Graduating with honors from the University of Colorado and marrying Frank she raised three children: Tad, Jeannie, and Lynnette. She worked as a secretary in law offices, and in the Journalism School and Engineering School at CU. She was an active member of the American Association of University Women, the Bismarck Women’s Petroleum Society, Questor’s, and the Christian Science church where she created floral arrangements, hired soloists, and chose hymns. She loved the outdoors and shared with her children adventures hiking, backpacking, rafting, canoeing, golf, tennis, skiing, ice skating, snorkeling, swimming, and gardening in her vast flower and vegetable gardens. She loved fresh farm milk, eggs, butter and corn which brought on a face of pure pleasure. She and Frank enjoyed investing in rental houses together and Amway. She traveled to Russia, England, Canada, Europe, Central and South America, Hawaii, and Alaska. She loved a good conversation with strangers and friends and always interested in others enjoyed many long-term friendships. Courtesy was given to all with gentleness and sincerity, always grateful and endearing. Education of her children was the highest priority, be it in school, camp, books, or private lessons. She loved to do art in many media, and invested in paintings of ocean scenes. As a swimmer, snorkeler, canoer, she was a fish, and vacations and homes had water destinations. She had a theatrical flare that brought down the house in Bismarck where she played golf and bridge with girlfriends. She touched the souls of all by her common decency and courtesy. She continues to express God’s likeness in her joy, intelligence, goodness, bravery, strength, creativity and wit. She is survived by her son Tad (Melissa) of Colorado Springs, Jeannie Hughes (Gene Perry) of Houston, Texas, and Lynnette Foster-Horwith (Kent Jessee) of Boulder, and by grandchildren Piper Foster Wilder (Nathaniel) of Anchorage Alaska, Erin (Jessie) Eschenroeder of Seattle, Washington, Trevor Horwith of Louisville, Colorado and new great grand child, Bingitt Wilder in Anchorage. Services will be private. Donations may be made to The Christian Science Church, Suncrest Hospice, and Landmark Memory Care, Lafayette.


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Doris was a member of Questers when I first met her. Always enjoyed learning from and being with her. She leaves many friends. Karen Howe