Blog 48 April 19, 2015

Remembering Lora Fay  Lora Fay Foster’s obituary was in today’s newspaper. I have known Lora Fay since junior school at least, and thinking about her brought back a whole bunch of memories. Lora Fay and I both attended Travis Park Methodist Church. That was back in the day when probably 90 percent of our class went to church regularly and Sunday school as well. Lora Fay’s father, Woody, taught one of our Sunday school classes.  My family always went to church, usually twice a day. In the late afternoon, there was MYF—Methodist Youth Fellowship. I don’t remember what we did there—probably sang some hymns and said some prayers, and then had a supper some moms had prepared. Pimento cheese or tuna is what I recall. My family did not go to movies on Sundays, either. It was not a sin, but we just did not, probably a holdover from grandparents disapproving.

Digressing further, Woody Foster worked for Hammond Jewelry right on Houston Street between Hertzburg’s and the Texas theater. Years later, when I became engaged, I went to see Woody and bought Penny’s engagement and wedding rings from him.

At Jeff, Lora Fay played in the band and later became a nurse. She attended at least one of our reunions—maybe the fortieth.  I have not seen her in years, and she turned up on our lost list for a while. Texas searched for Lora Fay and tracked her down 14-16 months ago, living in an assisted living facility. Texas and Marcia and maybe Sarah visited Lora Fay and said they had a grand time reminiscing.

It is sad to see another of our classmates gone. We have lost a bunch recently, which makes me realize we  still here truly have been fortunate all these years to enjoy our health, our families, and our friends.

Here is Lora Fay’s obituary. I put on a more cheerful air next time.


January 27, 1936 – April 16, 2015

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Lora Fay Foster Owen was born January 27, 1936 in Pearsall, Texas and passed away peacefully on April 16, 2015 with her family by her bedside. She was preceded in death by her father Woodman Foster; mother, Sara Foster, along with husband Fred Whiddon.

She graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in San Antonio in 1954 and attended Travis Park United Methodist Church for many years. Lora Fay was known and loved by many and she dedicated her life to helping clients buy and sell real estate. She loved real estate so much she encouraged her kids to get into the real estate business.

God blessed Lora Fay to adopt all of her children and lived a life of unconditional love over the years. Her legacy of love, faith and willingness to serve others will continue. There was never a day where Lora Fay did not smile and she was a true friend to all that had the privilege to know her.

She is survived by her children: Robert Owen, Craig Owen, Carolie Willoughby and Amy Karns;

grandchildren, Cameron, Caitlin, Chandler, Callyn, Carys, Adam, Aaron, Aiden, Christopher, Megan and Heather.

In lieu of flowers a memorial to feed the hungry has been set up through Travis Park United Methodist Church in Memory of Lora Fay Owen 230 E Travis Street San Antonio, TX 78205.

The family will receive friends beginning at 9:00 a.m., Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at Alamo Heights United Methodist Church.


A private family burial service will be held in Pearsall, Texas.

You are invited to sign the Guestbook at

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