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Shirley Ann (Chapman) Foster

Shirley Ann (Chapman) Foster, 90, the loving wife of sixty-six years of Robert K. Foster of Washington Street, Ipswich, passed away peacefully on December 4, 2020 at her home surrounded by her loving family.

Born in Saugus on May 17, 1930 she was one of the six children of the late Carl E. Chapman and Annie (Cox) Chapman. She was raised in Saugus where she   attended public schools, graduating with the Class of 1948. Shirley was Captain of the Sachemís Cheerleading Squad. She went on to graduate from Bentley University majoring in Accounting/Bookkeeping and later kept the books for her husbandís company for many years.

Shirley was an active member of the American Gold Wing Association (AGWA) and loved to travel around the USA and Canada with her husband on their Honda Gold Wing Aspencade. She was an expert cake decorator, studying with the Wilton School while living in California in the 1960ís. She loved hockey and was an avid Bruins fan. She also did beautiful work in ceramics, which she usually gifted to others.

Shirley was a member of the First Baptist Church in Georgetown where for many years She taught Sunday school, sang in the Choir and helped with numerous youth programs. She was a wonderful mother.

In addition to her husband Robert she is survived by two daughters, Deborah A. Helme and husband Stephen of Westport, Sharon L. Foster-Cotton and her husband  Nathaniel of Ipswich; a son, Richard A. Foster and his wife Donna of Rowley; eleven grandchildren, Richard J. Foster, Sara Atwood, Jason Foster,  Niki Foster, Christopher Helme, Allison Helme, Jonathan Helme, Stephanie Helme,  Cadence Helme, Jazmine Foster Cotton, MacKenzie Cotton;  eleven  great-grandchildren and  many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. Shirley was predeceased by three brothers, Charles Chapman, Carl Chapman, Laurence Chapman and two sisters, Jean Detato and Margery Sampson.

Private arrangements are under the direction of the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home of Ipswich. A family celebration of life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a memorial contribution in her name to The American Diabetes Association, The American Heart Association, or your favorite charity.  


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