Frances Charlotte (Krog) FOSTER

1920 ~ 2011

Frances (“Dot”) was born at the Krog family homestead in Coombs on September 3, 1920 and passed away peacefully at 90 years of age on March 29, 2011. She was predeceased by her parents Johan and Amy, her brothers Douglas and Fred, sister-in-law Eileen, and by her husband Jim. Dot is survived and will be lovingly remembered by her sons Wayne (Donna), Glenn (Sheilagh) and Danny; brothers Cecil (Mary) and Charlie (Marie); sister-in-law Myrtle; numerous nephews and nieces; grandchildren Bob (Marci), Leonard (Carmen), Steven (Sandra), Andrew (Emma), Johan and Dorothy; and great-grandchildren Kieran, Alexa, Owen, Kyle and Gabrielle.

Dot was given her lifelong nickname by the nurse who delivered her because she was so tiny when she was born.  She grew up in Coombs and married her childhood sweetheart Jim in 1939.  They resided in Qualicum Beach for 60 years until Jim passed away in 1999.  In the early years Dot worked at the Coombs General Store, then for the Miller family at the Qualicum Bakery, located on the beach.  When her children arrived Dot became a homemaker and was very devoted to her family throughout her life.  She enjoyed outings to shop, watching TV, listening to talking books, and was always eager to play a game of crib.  However, she enjoyed nothing more than visits from her family and friends, who loved to visit her in return.

In 2002, two debilitating strokes unfortunately greatly compromised Dot’s mobility.  However, she was able to return home after rehabilitation and remain at Emerald Estates in Parksville for the next eight years with caregiver support provided by her son Danny and a team of care workers.

Dot was known and admired for her strong sprit and stamina under challenging circumstances.  She faced various health setbacks in recent years, most notably a recent advanced cancer diagnosis; but always faced her declining condition with dignity and grace, and without complaint.  Her strong will to live and determination to make the best of her situation is an inspiration to others.

The family would like to thank Dot’s longstanding family physician Dr. Desai, the many capable home support workers who assisted Danny since 2003, the homemakers at Emerald Estates, and, during her final week, the caring staff at the Nanaimo Hospital Palliative Care Unit.

Dot’s ashes will be placed alongside her husband Jim’s in a columbarium at the Qualicum Beach Cemetery.  A gathering to commemorate Dot’s life will be held at later date.

In lieu of flowers, a donation in Dot’s memory might be considered to a charity of one’s choosing.


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