Elinor O. Foster, loan official and avid Orioles fan

August 26, 2008|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Elinor O. Foster, a former savings and loan official and avid sports fan, died of pneumonia Sunday at Pickersgill Retirement Community in Towson. She was 84.

Elinor O'Connor was born in Baltimore and raised in Forest Park. She was a 1942 graduate of Western High School and attended Goucher College.

She worked for several years as a bank teller until resigning to raise her family. After her children were grown, she returned to work as a treasurer of Foster Enterprises, a book business owned by her husband.

She was married for 37 years to Grayson Foster, who died in 1983.

In the late 1970s, Mrs. Foster joined the York Road branch of Bradford Federal Savings and Loan Association, where she rose to treasurer. She retired in 1989.

Mrs. Foster was an Orioles and Colts fan, and in addition to attending World Series games with her husband, the couple attended Super Bowl III in Miami.

"The old Golden Arm restaurant was one of her favorite restaurants," said her son, G. Michael Foster of Cockeysville, referring to the establishment once owned by Colts quarterback Johnny Unitas.

Mrs. Foster, who had lived in the Woodbrook section of Baltimore County for many years before moving to Pickersgill in 1998, was a member of Woodbrook Baptist Church.

Services will be held at 6 p.m Thursday at Peaceful Alternatives Funeral and Cremation Center, 2325 York Road, Cockeysville.

Also surviving are two daughters, Patricia Porter of Lutherville and Mary Gallaway of Oklahoma City; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

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