On June 13, 2013, Roberta Jean Foster, while surrounded by her family in her Pateros home, entered peacefully into rest. Jean Foster was born July 7, 1938, in Grand Coulee, Wash., to Harold and Roberta (Bertie) Robinson. Jean attended and graduated from Pateros High School in 1956. She married Wayne Foster on May 27, 1956. They made their home in Pateros, and raised three daughters and a son.
Jean worked in the local apple shed before starting her employment with the Pateros School District. She worked as a special education para-educator, and then library aide until she retired. Jean, “The Cake Lady,” had the passion and pleasure of making cakes for many generations.
She is survived by children Sonja (Butch) McFee, Tammy (Billy) Hill, Trina (Keith) Zweigle and Michael (Heather) Foster; eight grandchildren, Joel (Heather) McFee, Allie McFee (Curtis), Christina (Jeff) Harvill, Chelsea Hill, Dalton Hill, Kobie Zweigle, Michael Foster and Sebastian Foster; two great-grandchildren, Alex Harvill and Taylor Harvill; sister Kay (Cele) McVay and brother Jack (Bonnie) Robinson.
Jean was preceded in death by her father, Harold Robinson, mother, Bertie MacLean, husband, Wayne Foster, and son-in-law Butch McFee.
Viewing will be Friday (June 21) from 5-7 p.m. at Barnes Chapel in Brewster. A “Celebration of Life” will be held Saturday (June 22) at 10 a.m. at the Pateros School. If you have stories you would like to share or write down about Jean, the family would greatly appreciate it. There will be graveside services at the Pateros Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers please bring a dish to the potluck celebration of Jean’s life with her family and friends. In her memory, make donations to either the American Diabetes Association or the American Lung Association.