On Tuesday evening, October 27, 2020, God called His daughter, Dorothy (McBee) Foust, home to receive her heavenly reward. Dorothy answered His call and peacefully transitioned, surrounded by her devoted son and daughter. Born on January 29, 1937 in Columbia, South Carolina, she was a daughter of the late Preston and Rebecca (Mae) McBee. At a young age, her family migrated from Columbia to Philadelphia. She attended the public schools in Philadelphia, graduating from Kensington High School. When Dorothy was united in Holy Matrimony to Raymond Foust Jr, to that union was born a son Raymond, III and her daughter, Robin.
She was very passionate about education and believed that education was key to a better life and a better community. She was extremely proud of the educational and professional pursuits and accomplishments of her son and daughter. She also encouraged other family and young church members, alike, to excel in school and to pursue baccalaureate and advanced degrees as well.
Dorothy immersed herself in her Catholic community and was a lifelong lover of the church. She was a dedicated member of St. Raymond’s Church in Mount Airy. She faithfully attended services on Sundays and served in many areas of ministry within the church. She could be found sitting on her favorite side of the church, singing and praising the Lord. She worked diligently and participated in many events, including the treasured bake sales. Dorothy remained a faithful attendee until she was no longer medically able to do so.
Professionally, Dorothy worked at Botany 500 as a skilled seamstress for many years. She concluded her 30-year career as a secretary, having worked for various colonels at the United States Army Corp of Engineers in downtown Philadelphia.
Dorothy loved the Lord, her children, her family, and her community. She cherished the area in which she lived and could often be seen walking in her Mount Airy neighborhood. She was strong-willed, perseverant, resolute and the epitome of strength. She was a dynamic cook and often favored using her own culinary skills for in-home dining as opposed to dining out. She was also known for keeping a clean home. Everyone would say that “you never left her house hungry” and you could “eat off her floors.”
Her devotion to and firm belief in God was transcendent for her children as they cared for their mother. Dorothy McBee Foust, a mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin and friend is dearly missed by her loved ones, who celebrate the fact that she is at peace with God.
She leaves a beloved son Raymond (Elizabeth) Foust, III of New York, New York; a cherished daughter Robin Michelle Foust of Rocky Hill, Connecticut; an adored grandson Raymond-Christopher IV; a sister Idella Abrams; nieces: Sherry Abrams, Sandra Abrams, Renee Riley, Cynthia D. Foust, Scarlett (Edward) Lanier, and Crystal (Edward) Foust-Muchoki; nephews: Derrick (Sylvia) Riley and Garrett (Marietta) Riley; and a host of cousins, great-nieces and nephews, and other relatives and friends. In addition to her parents, Dorothy was preceded in death by nephews Rodney Abrams and Michael Abrams.
As it says in Proverbs 31: She was strong and graceful, as well as cheerful about the future. Her words were sensible and her advice was thoughtful.
In Our Hearts
© Rose de Leon
We thought of you with love today. But that is nothing new.
We thought about you yesterday. And days before that too.
We think of you in silence. We often speak your name.
Now all we have is memories. And your picture in a frame.
Your memory is our keepsake. With which we’ll never part.
God has you in His keeping. We have you in our heart.
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