Nancy Mease Foster

Saturday, August 29, 1925 - Monday, May 18, 2020

A Lovely Lady and a Wonderful Life

Photo of Nancy Mease Foster  - 1925-2020

Spartanburg, SC / Canton- Nancy Mease Foster, age 94, passed away on Monday, May 18, 2020.

Ms. Foster, daughter of Kate and Hugh Mease, was born in Canton, NC, on August 29, 1925.

She was a graduate of Randolph-Macon College and a member of Holy Communion Lutheran Church in Spartanburg, SC.  She was predeceased by her parents; her brother, Hugh Mease; and her former husband, Howard G. Foster.

She is survived by her three sons, Jim Foster of Port Royal, SC and his wife Rhonda, Mark Foster of Greenway, AR, and Russell Foster of Charlotte, NC and his wife Ann; eight grandchildren, Christian, Graham, Cameron, Grayson, Frank, Kathryn, Caroline, and Megan; and seven great-grandchildren, Knox, James, Millie, Jace, Zoe, Cash, and Riley.

In addition to her church-associated work at Holy Communion Lutheran, Ms. Foster was a board member of Wildlife Action’s Upstate chapter in Spartanburg and a volunteer and board member of the Woodruff Soup Kitchen in Woodruff.

An avid reader, at the age of 70 she began traveling extensively to places she had enjoyed reading about. Among her favorite destinations were Italy, Malta, Turkey, the Galapagos Islands, Alaska, and the American Southwest.

Ms. Foster will be laid to rest beside her parents following a private ceremony at Crawford / Ray Memorial Gardens in Clyde, NC.  A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Homes of Hope (, a nonprofit organization that has developed homes for more than 600 families in Spartanburg, Greenville, and Anderson.  In 2015, Homes of Hope dedicated a house in Ms. Foster’s honor in Greenville.

Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored to be caring for the Foster family.

Condolences from family and friends

Dear Jim, Mark, and Russell, So very sorry to hear of the loss of your dear Mom, our sweet Aunt Nancy. I have so many warm memories of all us cousins gathering when my family was able to get to town and our parents laughing at us (well, my Dad had the blinding movie camera, which saved those treasured moments....would love to get us together one day and watch those ) Thank you for letting us know and what a blessing to hear so peaceful. God bless you and your families as our prayers go out to you, Your cousin, Debbie
Debbie (Clark) Edwards
We are so very sorry to hear of the passing of your mom and grandmother. Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers and wishing you peace during these difficult times.
The Rodriguez Family