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Kay L. Foster

May 28, 2021

Kay L. Foster, 83, formerly of Depauville and Clayton and currently of Samaritan Summit Village, Watertown passed away at her daughter's home in Watertown Friday, May 28, 2021.

Kay was born in the town of Clayton on March 4, 1938, daughter of Miles A. and Hila D. Otis Putnam.

She married Carl D. Foster at St. Lawrence Methodist Church Cape Vincent on August 31, 1958 with Pastor Little officiating. Mr. Foster died June 10, 2017.

Kay worked as a switchboard operator for NY Telephone and was a clerk at the Hotel Woodruff, both in Watertown and was a clerk at Compo's Grocery Store, Depauville. She retired from Guardino Elementary School as a lunch clerk after serving the school for fourteen years. She was a member of Depauville United Methodist Church and a 26 year member of Depauville Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary. She enjoyed crocheting, donating many afghans throughout the North Country and sending many to St. Jude's Children's Hospital. Kay was an avid baker, but most of all, time with her children and grandchildren were cherished by her.

Kay is survived by her four children, Cheryl Bartlett and husband Randy, Watertown, Linda Becker, Clayton, Todd Foster and wife Jill, Clayton; and Mary A. Foster Schwalm and husband Peter, New Hope, PA; five grandchildren, Sarah K. Bartlett, Richard M. and Anthony James Becker, and Cory Hansen and Faith Ann Foster; brother Carl O. Putnam and wife Sue, CT; sister-in-law Jean Gardner and husband Wilbert; brother-in-law Alan Burkhard; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Along with her husband, Carl, Kay was predeceased by her parents; stepmother Dorothy Hart Putnam; son Richard Carl Foster; daughter Nancy Hibbard; grandson Colin Foster Bartlett; step brother Hart E. Cornaire; and step sister Mary E. Cornaire.

A graveside service will be held in St. Lawrence Cemetery, town of Cape Vincent at her family's convenience. Arrangements are entrusted with Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Clayton and online condolences to Kay's family may be posted at www.cummingsfuneral.com. In lieu of flowers donations in her name may be made to Hospice of Jefferson County, 1398 Gotham St., Watertown, NY 13601.


#8 Maureen &Del Kendrew 2021-07-15 16:30
So sorry to hear of Kay's passing..Please accept our condolences. I have fond memories of Kay and the farm and how kind she was to me as a child. Her smile and personality were infectious and she was one of the nicest people I know. Maureen Otis Kendrew
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#7 Laurie Darou Sigouin 2021-06-05 07:22
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all, so sorry for your loss. What a great lady so many memories that will be cherished.
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#6 Robin Booth 2021-06-01 12:01
To The Foster Family - so sorry to hear the loss of your mother. I remember going to your house in high school and she was such a wonderful, kind woman to me.

My deepest sympathies,

Robin Booth
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#5 Diane Carr 2021-05-31 15:35
To Kay's Family: We are very sorry to read of her passing. Remembering some of the fun times we had with Carl & Kay when we traveled together for school wrestling matches. She was such a nice person. Thinking of you all. Tom & Diane Carr
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#4 Martha S Lava 2021-05-31 12:57
Cheyrl, Mary and family, I am saddened to hear the news about your mom passing. i send you hugs, love and prayers.
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#3 Stephen LeBlanc 2021-05-30 17:11
We had one of the happiest lunch lines ever while Kay was at Guardino. We have lost a very wonderful and great lady. Her smile was infectious. She will be missed profoundly.
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#2 Dana Howard Anderson 2021-05-30 15:01
Sorry for your loss. Prayers RIP
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#1 Karen Moseley 2021-05-30 13:35
Cheryl, Linda, Todd, Mary & families,
So sorry to read about your Mom passing. My thoughts are with you at this difficult time.
Karen Moseley
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