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Mrs. Velma Foster

July 08, 2019
Velma Weismiller Foster, age 92, entered into rest Saturday June 29, 2019. A native of St. Johns, Michigan, she was born January 30, 1927, to the late Wesley Weismiller and the late Laura Nettie Sperry Weismiller. Velma graduated from Asbury College and married the late Rev. J. Ralph Foster. Together they served many churches across the South Georgia Conference of The United Methodist Church for 45 years. After Pastor Foster’s death, “Miss Velma” moved to Cobb County where she was a member of the Acworth United Methodist Church and continued serving her Lord. Velma was known as the “Cookie Grandma.” Over the next 10 years she delighted not only her grandsons and their friends, but also servicemen in far-away countries, waiters and waitresses, and just anyone she thought could use a few cookies. It was her strong belief that the solution to many problems could be found over cookies and ice cream, sprinkled with prayer. In 2005, Velma moved to Avon Park, Florida where she lived with former friends and new ones in Oaks Village. There she assumed a new ministry, making hundreds of simple dresses and little boys shorts (always with pockets). These became prized by missionaries returning to their fields, for clothing needy children. Not able to keep up with all the needs, Velma made patterns and taught other groups how to sew. She was active in church in Florida and blessed many with her handmade cards and letters of encouragement. One of her delights was serving in prison ministry one Saturday a month for almost 10 years. Velma loved her grandsons but it was the birth of her first great-grandson that moved her back to Georgia. Over these last four years her grandsons have been sung to sleep, read countless stories, and were frequent guest at lunch in the dining room with GG and her friends at Cottonwood Estates in Alpharetta. Velma rode the church bus to Alpharetta UMC and began to keep the roster, making sure many friends filled the bus each Sunday.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, J. Ralph Foster; her son, Nelson H. Foster; and two brothers, Loyal Weismiller and Carl Weismiller.

Surviving are her daughter-in-law, Sandra Prescott Foster; three grandsons, Joel Foster (Maggie), and their son, Nicholas; Seth Foster (Bethany) and their son Everett, and Daniel Foster (Sarah) and their sons, James and Ace; a brother LynnWeismiller (Loine); and many nieces and nephews.

Services were held at First United Methodist Church in Waynesboro, Ga. on Wednesday, July 3. Reverend David Perry and Reverend Marc Foster officiated. Burial followed at Burke Memorial Gardens in Waynesboro. Pallbearers were Joel Foster, Seth Foster, Daniel Foster, Richard Prescott, Jimmy Prescott, Raymond Prescott, and Jeff Carter.

Memorials may be made to The Gideons International at (615)564-5000.

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