Suzanne F. Foster, age 76 of Fairhope, AL, passed away, Saturday, November 4, 2023. She was born in Bessemer, AL but lived all over the Southeast.
Preceding her in death are parents, Sue and Robert Forester, stepfather, Larry Johnson and her mother and father-in-law, Florence and Raymond Foster, several aunts and uncles and grandparents.
Suzanne is survived by her high school sweetheart and soulmate, Stephen J. Foster. He has been by her side for over fifty-seven years as her best friend. They enjoyed simple things in life like the beaches, the mountains and exploring new areas. One of their favorite activities was playing with their black and silver mini-schnauzer, Dixie. Also surviving are her daughter, Laurie Pedersen and her children, Eric and Stephen Pedersen, and great grandchildren, Annabelle, Elayna, and Levi; her son, Stephen Vaughn Foster, and his wife, Lanna, and their children, Trey and Trent Parra and Ramsey Foster. Suzanne is also survived by her sisters, Kathleen Greer, Marguerite Dittrich, Mary Ellen Galloway; her brother, Robert Forester, III; brothers-in-law, Patrick Foster, John Foster and Raymond Foster; and many other nieces and nephews.
Suzanne was an RN with a degree in Business and Marketing from Athens State University. She graduated Magna Cum Laude and was voted Most Outstanding Marketing Student for 1983. She was also a member of The Honor Society.
Her best friends, Bonnie Smith and Joyce Treadway, were always there to support her as well as her neighbors in Sedgfield. Before the Covid pandemic and her AML diagnosis she had been an active member of Christ the King Catholic Church in Daphne, AL.
Suzanne enjoyed a long career in healthcare ensuring quality care for seniors. She also started a company, Market Power Enterprises, INC in 1986 and it continues today under the direction of her husband, daughter and Operations Manager, Lori Ozburn to provide quality assurance services for psychiatric hospitals. Suzanne’s last position was senior Vice President of Operations at Morning Point Senior Living in Chattanooga, TN. She retired after 8 1/2 years to move to Fairhope, AL to help her siblings care for their mother until she passed away in 2018.
Suzanne loved people and seldom met a stranger. It was always her desire to live a life that touched and inspired others to be kind and to help the less fortunate.
Special thanks to Dr. Michael McBrearty for the home visits while Suzanne was housebound. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations may be made to any no-kill animal shelter, the Salvation Army, https://give.salvationarmyusa.org/ The USA Mitchell Cancer Center at https://www.usahealthsystem.com/give, or the charity of your choice.
Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at St. Lawrence Catholic Church, 370 S. Section Street in Fairhope, AL, at 11:00AM on Tuesday, November 14, 2023. The family will receive friends for a time of visitation at 10:00AM in the St. Lawrence Room until the mass. Interment will follow at 1:00PM at the Alabama State Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Spanish Fort, Alabama.
Expressions of condolence for the family can be made at www.hughesfh.com. Arrangements are by Hughes Funeral Home & Crematory, 26209 Pollard Rd, Daphne, AL 36526.