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Foster, Helen E.
Helen E. Foster, 89, of New Windsor, IL, died Friday, December 18, 2009, at Trinity Medical Center in Rock Island. Services are 10:00 AM Tuesday at Peterson Wallin Knox Funeral Home in Alpha. Burial is in Oaklawn Memorial Gardens, Galesburg. Visitation is from 4 - 7 PM Monday at the funeral home where memorials may be left to the Mercer County Nursing Home or Tri-County Ambulance. Online condolences at

She was born July 2, 1920 in Knox County, IL a daughter of Roscoe and Edna Way Simkins. She graduated from Abingdon High School and married Homer "Dean" Foster October 25, 1941 in Palmyra, MO. He died after 67 years of marriage to Helen on May 19, 2009.

Helen was employed at Blue Bell Factory in Abingdon for 11 years and was later employed as a secretary for the Winola Junior High School in New Windsor retiring in 1982.

She was a former member of the Abingdon American Legion Auxiliary and was a Girl Scout Leader in New Windsor for many years. She enjoyed playing cards and was an avid Cubs fan.

She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law Pam and Bob Bateman of Sherrard, IL, 2 granddaughters, Emily (Eddie) Bradshaw of Alpha, Beth (Phil) Brinkmeyer of Rowlett, TX, 2 great granddaughters Delainey and Ella Bradshaw of Alpha, 2 special "girls" Shirley Brown of Jacob, IL, Melissa Hartman of Matherville, IL, and nieces and nephews.

Her parents, husband, 2 sisters Margaret Cramer, Betty Boyer, 2 brothers,Kenneth and Jack Simkins preceded her in death.
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