Bonnie Foist


Bonnie Jean Foist, 80, of Scipio, passed away at 12:32 a.m. Saturday, October 15, 2016, at her residence.

Born November 19, 1935, in Louisville, Kentucky, Mrs. Foist was the daughter of James Robert and Jennie May White Robison. She married Ronald Foist March 3, 1956, at Bear Creek Baptist Church in Jennings County; he preceded her in death December 23, 2005.

Mrs. Foist was a full time mom. She worked in insurance and bookkeeping departments for Irwin Union Bank; secretary for Candlelight Homes and Reeves and as a physical therapy aid for Columbus Regional Hospital. She was a 1953 graduate of North Vernon High School and a member of Bethel Baptist Church in North Vernon where she taught the Loyal Daughters Sunday school class; a 61 year member of North Vernon Chapter #183, Order of the Eastern Star and a member of Democratic Woman’s Party where she served as secretary. She was a former member, pianist and organist for Bear Creek Baptist Church in Jennings County.

Mrs. Foist enjoyed playing the organ and piano, sewing, listening to Christian music, playing Euchre and Kings on the Corner and watching NASCAR. She loved peanut buster parfaits and she especially loved seeing her kids and grandkids.

Surviving are sons, Scott (Toni) Foist and Rory Foist, both of Scipio, and Tony Foist of Columbus; daughters, Marcia Thompson of Scipio and Jill (Jim) Ross of Queensville; sisters, Carolyn (Eugene) Barringer of Columbus; caregivers, Ruth Roseberry, Lindsay Gibson and Vicki Haysler all of North Vernon; 17 grandchildren; and “a bunch” of great-grandchildren.

She was preceded by her parents; her husband; a brother, Garnet Robison; two grandchildren, Cory Foist and Laura Ross; great-grandchild, Abrams Carl Fox; and daughter in law, Kim Boyd Foist.

A memorial service for Mrs. Foist will be conducted at 8 p.m. Tuesday, October 18, 2016, at the Dove-Sharp & Rudicel Funeral Home and Cremation Services in North Vernon with the Bro. Ricky Persons and the Rev. Wally Glover officiating. Family and friends may call at the funeral home from 4 p.m. until service time Tuesday, October 18, 2016. An Eastern Star memorial service will be conducted by member of North Vernon Chapter #183, O.E.S. at 7:45 p.m. Tuesday.

In keeping with her wishes, Mrs. Foist donated her body to the Anatomical Education Program of Indiana University for research.

Memorials may be made in honor of Mrs. Foist to Bethel Baptist Church, Laura May Ross Memorial Scholarship at MainSource Bank, American Diabetes Association or Our Hospice of Jennings County.

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