Gloria Alice Foster

Gloria Alice Foster

Dec 2, 1922 – Aug 1, 2017

WAKE: Thursday, August 10th from 6pm to 8pm at New Hope Apostolic Temple, 6124 N. 99th St.  SERVICES: Friday, 11am, New Hope Apostolic Church.  Interment, Forest Lawn Memorial Park, followed by Repast at the Bel Air Chapel, 12100 W. Center Rd.  Memorials to New Hope Apostolic Temple.

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The Life of Mother Gloria Alice Foster

Gloria Alice Davis Foster was born on December 2, 1922 to Eleanor and John W. Davis in Kansas City, Kansas. She was the third of five children: Betty, John W., Robert, and George. Her siblings affectionately referred to her as “Dodie.” Her mother studied Applied Music at Kansas State University with the aspiration of being a concert pianist. Her father was a railroad worker. Their example of hard work and tenacity laid the foundation for the path that Gloria’s life would take. As a girl, she attended a charm school that focused on etiquette. Gloria recalled having to walk around the house while balancing a book on her head to practice her posture and poise. Following elementary school, she attended Sumner High School where she was a drum major. During high school she met a friend who she began to walk home from school with, every day. During this time, her friend would witness to her about Jesus.

During her senior year of high school, Gloria met James Phillip Foster who was in the Army and stationed in Texas. Their courtship was quick and powerful. Following her graduation from Sumner High School in May of 1940, she and James were married on September 4, 1941. To this union was born nine children.

In 1948, Gloria and James Foster were baptized and received the Holy Spirit, under the pastorate of the late Lula A. Hornbeck, at the Pentecostal Church of God in Kansas City, Kansas.  In 1952, her husband was called to the pastorate, so their family moved to Omaha, Nebraska and founded Greater Bethlehem Temple. Lady Gloria Foster knew that despite her extensive responsibilities, her first priority and ministry was to her family. She was a devoted wife and a loving mother to nine children: James Jr., Dana, Gaile, (Bobby and David Michael, who transitioned as infants) Steven, Eartha, Faith, and Lance.

As the ministry began to develop, the responsibilities as First Lady were horrendous. Lady Gloria Foster wore many hats in the church, from choir director to altar worker, and everything in between. She served as a support to pastors’ wives and ministers, both in and outside the walls of Greater Bethlehem Temple. Not only was she one of the founding members of the Tri-State Council (Iowa, Nebraska, Wyoming), but also the 8th Episcopal District of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World (PAW). She also served as Secretary for the PAW Missionary Auxiliary. Lady Gloria Foster played an integral role, alongside her husband, in birthing numerous churches (approximately 75) and ministries for the Kingdom of God. They were affectionately acknowledged as a “Dynamic Duo.”  Through their experiences, the saints began to see her as their natural and spiritual “Mother.” In recognition of her many years of service, the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World listed Mother Foster as one of the organization’s Impactful Ladies during its 100th Anniversary.

Mother Gloria Foster was warm, compassionate, endearing, and hospitable. She also personified and portrayed the values of love, honor, and respect in the way she cared for her parents until they passed away.

After the transition of her husband, Bishop James P. Foster, she continued to serve the Lord and supported others as they built their ministries. Even until her transition, Mother Gloria Foster was a pillar within the Body of Christ, and many drew from her well of wisdom.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; two children; two brothers, and a sister. She leaves to cherish her memory seven children: James Jr., Dana (Fred) Newson, Gaile (Lee) Tolbert, Steven (Merle) Foster, Eartha Foster, Faith Lemon, and Lance (Debra) Foster; a brother, George (Arleta Lee) Davis; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; nieces; nephews; relatives; friends; and spiritual family.

 

 

6 Comments

  • Brent Hilterbrand Posted August 5, 2017 6:33 pm

    My wife and I would like to express our condolences to the family. Mother Foster was a bright light to many and will be greatly missed. My wife knew Mother as a young girl and told me that she was a very dear soul. You are most certainly in our prayers.

  • Regina Flowers Posted August 6, 2017 8:47 pm

    I thank God I had the privilege to know her personally. Rest in heaven mother!

  • Maxine Tisdale Posted August 9, 2017 4:05 pm

    I am sorry to hear of the homegoing of your Mother.. But it is heavens gain. Our prayers and thoughts are with Bishop Lee and Sister Gaile Tolbert and the entire Foster and Tolbert family at this time. We pray God will comfort and sustain you through this difficult transition. Thank God for Mother’s Foster’s legacy!

  • International Pentecostal Young People’s Union Posted August 10, 2017 10:25 pm

    We would like to express our sincere condolence to our Auxiliary Director, Bishop Lance Foster, in the passing of his mother, such an inspirational woman of God, Lady Gloria Foster. Our prayers are with you all and we will continue to lift you up during this time and in the days to come. Please let us know if we can be of any assistance.

  • Lisa Tyson Posted August 11, 2017 5:07 am

    On behalf of the entire Tyson Fam – we are sending love & prayers to our Foster / Tolbert Fam in the translation of your beautiful Mother of class / grace / strength – Queen Gloria Alice Foster – please know we are covering u all today – & may GOD’S peace be with the entire Fam – continue to carry on the anointed legacy of your awesome Parents! We love u Fam!

  • episcopal church in kansas city Posted September 6, 2017 10:16 am

    Good post. I am dealing with many of these isasues as well..

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