Kathryn Hammond Foster

04/04/1949 - 08/22/2022

Kathryn Hammond Foster

04/04/1949 - 08/22/2022


Obituary For Kathryn Hammond Foster

Kathryn Hammond Foster, 73, of Flat Rock, North Carolina, passed away on August 22, 2022. Kathy was born on April 4, 1949 to the late Robert Avery Hammond and Dorothy Bucklew Hammond of Saratoga Springs, NY.
She grew up with three siblings—Ellen, Avery and Nancy—with whom she shared a love of music and nature. As the family of a United Methodist minister, they moved frequently but learned to develop deep roots in their community wherever it may be. This skill would become a gift to Kathy and all that would know her throughout her days.

Kathy attended West Virginia Wesleyan College in Buckhannon, WV, where she received a BA in Elementary Education, and met her husband, Stephen Eugene Foster, of Gassaway, WV. During their 52 years of marriage, these two would share 16 different addresses, including Illinois, Texas, Connecticut and New Jersey. They would return to Buckhannon, West Virginia, to spend 17 years before moving to Flat Rock, NC in 2017.

In addition to pursuing work in elementary education, Kathy was deeply involved in community groups everywhere she lived. She served with United Methodist Women, led the youth choirs of several churches, was an active mentor and leader in Literacy Volunteers, took part in P.E.O. International, and shared her alto voice in both church and regional choirs, including the Quincy Symphony Chorus, Buckhannon Choral Society, and Hendersonville Chorale. She loved to sing, travel with her family, and bring a smile and a laugh to every room she entered.

Kathy is survived by her husband, Steve, her daughters, Amy Foster of Atlanta, GA, and Lori Petermann of Bozeman, MT, and grandson, Henry Stewart Foster, of Atlanta, GA.

A memorial service will be held at Hope United Methodist Church, 2443 Spartanburg Hwy, East Flat Rock, NC on Sunday, August 28th at 3 pm. A second service will be held in Buckhannon, WV at a later date in October.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to one of the following organizations:

Literacy Volunteers of Upshur County
88 W. Main Street
Buckhannon, WV 26201


P.E.O. International Giving Opportunities | P.E.O. International - Women helping women reach for the stars. (Link provided)

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  • 08/25/2022

    Dear Loved Ones of Kathy, How lucky we were to be a part of Kathy's world! Her effervescent personality was contagious. She was a ray of sunshine, a reflection of God's love. Our hearts and love are with you as you celebrate Kathy's kindness, generosity, graciousness and love of life. "A life well lived". Prayers and Love, Marilyn and David Pitcher

  • 08/24/2022

    Steve - We are deeply saddened to hear of Kathy's passing. She had a beautiful soul and voice and an amazing way of making everyone feel welcomed. Our family was so blessed to know Kathy and her shining personality will live on in our memories. Wishing you and your family comfort and peace during this difficult time. The Ammons Family

  • 08/24/2022

    With heartfelt sympathy to Steve and family. I was privileged to know Kathy in Buckhannon and in our PEO chapter A and also a little "Monday lunch Bunch "group. She was gifted in every way . She had a huge heart for caring and sharing love; she could sing like an angel. She wasTHE Most organized community volunteer. She loved her family with her whole heart. We are all blessed to have known such an amazing and talented lady. We are assured she is at peace now in the arms of God. Mary Lynn Shamblin

  • 08/23/2022

    Dear Steve, We are all saddened by Kathy's passing. She was a joy to be part of all the choirs we sang in. She will be surely missed.

  • 08/23/2022

    Dear Foster Family - I met Kathy through my association with the KA COH. I found her to be the most endearing person I've ever known. She was a delight to be around and my partner in crime when in Lexington, Va. I shall miss her.

  • 08/23/2022

    Kathy had the voice of an Angel , I had the honor to sing beside her in church and Buckhannon Community Choir! Made my heart full of joy and appreciation for having that experience in many church services and Concerts ! Thank you Kathy for bringing joy to so many people and your wonderful family! Prayers for Steve and family !

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