Cora Lucille Copeland Foster


GREENVILLE - Cora Lucille Copeland Foster, completed her work on this earth on Monday, October 8, 2018.
Her life was well lived from her birth on New Years Eve, December 31, 1919. Her work was focused on her faith in God, her husband, Elder William D. Foster, and her two daughters.
Her life as others in her generation, reflected the challenges and opportunities of life in twentieth century America. As the tenth of twelve children born to the veterinarian, Will Copeland and his wife, Effie Bostic Copeland near Greenville, she was accustomed to hardship and making the best of tough circumstances. Her tales of cold winter treks to Wayside school were vivid memories she recounted decades later. Her experiences were shared with many readers of "Country Living" and other publications. Upon the births or marriages in her family, she wrote narratives to share as memories of the events. She served as the resource and memory keeper of childhood poems that her immediate family can cherish for years to come.
After graduating from Greenville High School in 1938, she went to work for Summers Supply in Hinton, WV. She was introduced to the love of her life, William D. Foster, by a fellow Monroe Countian.
The couple settled into married life with one chair in their living room. Fortunately, he was tall and thin, and she was petite in every way, so they shared the chair and life-long love and commitment to each other.
Midway through WWII, he received his "Greetings from Uncle Sam" draft letter and the rocking chair time was interrupted. Bill joined the Army Corps of Engineers and was building roads in India and China while Lucille was busy being mother and father to their daughters, two and half years and two months old.
Fast forward to mid-1946, Corporal Foster received his honorable discharge and returned to civilian life in Hinton, WV. His Lucy and two daughters welcomed him back home. Lucille, having shouldered family responsibilities for so long, was glad to resume life with her husband.
Responding to new job opportunities, Bill joined Appalachian Power in Beckley, WV. They built a life focused on family and friends and shared their faith and commitment to each other.
Lucille loved being a homemaker and long before Martha Stewart, she was perfecting her skills. She was actively trying out new recipes and introducing new interesting interior designs. For the next couple of decades, the couple's lives were smooth and following the script of the 50's and 60's. Their daughters grew up, went away to school and established their lives. Mother and dad kept the home fires burning and pursued their goals growing in and understanding their love of God. Their love for each other, their church, the Springfield Primitive Baptist Church, and the many life-long friends meant travelling to many other areas, mostly in southeastern U.S.
They relocated to Greenville, WV, for their retirement. In the mid-1970's, Greenville was an idyllic spot for their new lifestyle which they enjoyed until the late 1970's when Bill experienced his first heart attack, followed by a second, then fatal attack in 1986. Bill always teased Lucy that she wouldn't let him do anything alone; she started to have several health problems, which she overcame through perseverance and faith. Dr. Kent Jameson explained on her 90th birthday that, "one doesn't get 90 years old by being a pushover."
Cora Lucille Copeland Foster weighing less that 80 pounds and standing less than 5 feet tall, was a tower of strength and inspiration to the many that knew her over the years. She maintained, to her death, her priorities of faith, family, and friends, and will remain and live on in the hearts of the ones who love her.
She is survived by so many who love her, including her daughter and caregiver, Brenda Foster; sister, Bernice Ratliff; son-in-law, Bill Moedebeck; grandson, Billy Moedebeck; great-grandchildren, twins Matt and Maddy Moedebeck; and many nieces, nephews and friends. Additionally, the family would like to acknowledge the Princeton Community Hospital, the Monroe Health Center, and Compassus Hospice for their compassionate care of their loved one.
Funeral services will be at Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home in Peterstown, WV, at 12:00 PM on Thursday, October 11, 2018 with Elder Jimmy Boothe officiating. Visitation will be from 11:00 AM until time of services on Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will follow at the Greenville Methodist Church Cemetery in Greenville, WV.
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Arrangements by Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, Peterstown, WV.
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Published on October 9, 2018
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