In Loving Memory
Ruth L. Foss
11/26/1929 -2/13/2013





Ruth Elva Foss, 83, passed away on February 13, 2013, at Weeks Memorial Hospital in Lancaster, NH. She was born on November 26, 1929, in Burke, VT to Alton and Christie (Walter) Lee.

Ruth grew up in Whitefield, NH, and attended Lancaster High School. She worked for B.D. Weeks Hospital for many years as a nurse’s aide on the Skilled Nursing Floor.

Ruth married Eugene H. Foss, Sr. of Lancaster NH in 1948. They were happily married for 43 years. Ruth was a member of Faith Presbyterian Church in Lancaster, NH. She filled her retirement years with ministering to family and friends and strangers through her gift of hospitality. She enjoyed many happy hours volunteering at Shiloh Retreat Center, Jefferson, NH. Her greatest joy however was her children , grandchildren, and nieces and nephews.

Ruth is survived by her 4 children, Bonita F. Hicks of Jefferson, NH; Pamela F. Downing of Lancaster, NH; Eugene Foss Jr. and his wife Deb of Berlin, NH; and Cynthia F. Shoemaker and her husband Carl of Greensboro, NC; and 12 grandchildren Gary P. Downing Jr of Lancaster, NH; Mark Downing of Lancaster, NH; Forrest P. Hicks II of Jefferson, NH; Benjamin Hicks of Jefferson,NH; Christine Hicks Pellerin, of Lancaster,NH; Erin Hicks of Lancaster, NH; Adam Foss of Waterford, CT; Caleb Shoemaker of Ballston Spa, NY; Katie Hicks Crawford of Virginia Beach, VA; Travis Shoemaker of Great Barrington, MA; Justin Foss of Silver Springs, MD; and Jacob Shoemaker of Lakeland, FL.; and 16 great grandchildren Rebecca and Garrett Hicks of Jefferson, NH; Haile, Tyler, Alexis, and Benjamin Hicks of Jefferson, NH; Ethan and Preston Downing of Lancaster, NH; Diana Pellerin of Lancaster, NH; Anastasia, Zoe, and Peter Shoemaker of BallstonSpa NY;Cecilia and Lucille Foss of Waterford, CT; Micah Crawford of Virginia Beach, VA; and Jesse Shoemaker of Great Barrington, MA; her sister Patricia Neal of Whitefield, NH, and Kathleen Smith of Lancaster, NH; along with her nieces and nephews and other relatives.

Ruth was predeceased by her parents, Alton and Christie Lee, her sisters Sandra Gooden and Rita Gray, her brothers Reginald, Clyde, and Robert Lee, and by her daughter Diana (Foss) Hicks.

A funeral service will be held at the Jefferson Town Hall, Route 2, Jefferson, NH, on Sunday, February 17th, at 2:00 p.m. A visitation will be held at the Jefferson Town Hall, Route 2, Jefferson, NH, on Saturday, February 16th. The family will be greeting friends and relatives from 5-7:00 p.m.

Light refreshments will be provided by the members of Faith Presbyterian Church following the funeral service on Sunday, February 17th, at the Jefferson Town Hall. The family encourages you to stay and celebrate the life of Ruth Foss, a woman after God’s own heart.



In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made for Benefit of Forrest Hicks Field, c/o Woodsville Guaranty Savings Bank, P.O. Box 540 Lancaster, NH 03584; or at any branch of the bank.



Burial will be at the Summer Street Cemetery in Lancaster, NH, following the service.

Online Condolences
From: Wava Baker   Lancaster NH
Relationship:  family friend

To Ruth's family, I am sadden to hear of Ruth's passing. I will always remember her warm smile everytime we would meet. All of you children are a perfect reflection of her. She will be missed. Wava
Sent:  2/14/2013
From: Lyndall Demers   Lancaster NH
Relationship:  friend

I was sad to read that Mrs. Foss had passed away. I recently received a nice card of cheer from her. She was a very nice lady, always thinking of others. Al and I send our condolences to Bonnie, Gene and the whole family. Peace to you all.
Sent:  2/14/2013
From: MaryLou McConnell    Buxton Maine
Relationship:  Friend

Deepest Sympathy Bonnie & family. I have great memories of your Dear Mother.
Sent:  2/14/2013
From: Doris Fortier   Berlin NH
Relationship:  Friend

Deb, Gene and family my deepest sympathy to all of you. My thoughts and prayers are with you during your time of sorrow. Although I didn't know Ruth, I know how much you loved and cared about her.
Sent:  2/15/2013
From: Kate and Dan Tardiff   Gorham NH
Relationship:  Friends of Gary

Gary and Family, we are very sorry for your loss. You are all in our thoughts and prayers Dan and Kate Tardiff
Sent:  2/15/2013
From: Anne Simonds Normandeau   North Berwick Maine
Relationship:  Family friend

Bonnie,Pam and all the Foss family, I an so sorry to read of your mothers Passing. I know how hard it is having lost our own Mother just three weeks ago. Keep family and friends close. It will help you at this sad time. Anne Simonds Normandeau
Sent:  2/15/2013
From: Skip Hood   Lancaster NH
Relationship:  Friend of family

Our family and yours, friends from Grove Street and a childhood full of wonderful memories. So sorry for the loss of your Mother.
Sent:  2/15/2013
From: Cindy (Sheptor) Winget   Lancaster NH
Relationship:  Friend

Bonnie, Gene, Cyndy, and the entire Foss Family - I am very sorry to read of your mom's passing. I have many fond memories of her while growing up in Lancaster. Please know you will all be in my thoughts and prayers.
Sent:  2/15/2013
From: Tracy Eastman Lang   Milan NH
Relationship:  friend

Dear Bonnie & family, So very sorry to read of your Mom's passing. She was such a gentle soul & someone I always admired. God's peace be with you.
Sent:  2/16/2013
From: John and Sallie Gooden   Whitefield N.H.
Relationship:  Sister-in-law

John and I are very sorry to hear of Ruth's passing. I always remember at family get togethers how she seemed to tell story's of he familys with such love and compassion. Her smile is going to be greatly missed. Love, Sallie and John
Sent:  2/16/2013
From: Ryan, Majel, & Del Wood   Lunenburg VT
Relationship:  Friends

Dear Pam & family: We are terribly sorry for the loss of your mother. She was a dear, kind person. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you. Love, Ryan, Majel, & Del
Sent:  2/16/2013
From: Sheryl Bouchard   Gorham NH
Relationship:  Friend of Jean & Deb

Jean & Deb. I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. I will keep you in my though and prayer. During this hard time. I no she will be missed Sheryl
Sent:  2/16/2013
From: Margaret Smith   Bainbridge Island WA
Relationship:  friend

Ruth was such a good friend to my mother Rosemary, and to all of us in our family. We are going to sorely miss her generosity, her cheerfulness and her words of solid wisdom. I am thankful to have had such a kind, loving presence as Ruth's in my life. My best wishes to all the family.
Sent:  2/17/2013
From: Nora (Gonthier) St. Gelais   Concord NH
Relationship:  cousin

Hi Bonnie, Pam & every one. I am so sorry for the passing of your mother. I wish I knew about it earlier so I could have gone up. I am so glad that Lee & I got to see her last summer. Brought back a lot of happy memories. Love to you all, Nora
Sent:  2/17/2013
From: Linda Staines   Jefferson NH
Relationship:  friend

Bonnie, so sorry to hear about your mothers passing. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Sent:  2/18/2013
From: Kris Willey   Lebanon NH
Relationship:  School mate of Grandsons

Dear Foss and Hicks families: My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this saddened time.
Sent:  2/19/2013
From: Pete and Nancy Marshall   Northumberland NH
Relationship:  Friend

Ruth was a lovely lady with a strong sense and desire to care for others. We send our condolences to the family of Ruth Foss. God Bless all of you.
Sent:  2/25/2013
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