Bernice 'Bunny' Foster

Elementary School Teacher

Bernice Hollander "Bunny" Foster, 92, who taught at Laytonsville Elementary School for 25 years until her retirement in 1980, died of congestive heart failure Nov. 8 at her home in Gaithersburg.

Mrs. Foster, a Gaithersburg resident since 1954, was also a longtime civic volunteer with the Laytonsville Federated Women's Club, the Chapter T Sisterhood of the P.E.O. of Washington, the Eastern Star and numerous educational organizations.

She also belonged to Epworth United Methodist Church in Gaithersburg and volunteered with the United Methodist Women's organization.

Last year, Mrs. Foster and her husband, Delbert, received the Maryland Senior Citizens' Hall of Fame Geri Award for extraordinary humanitarian community service.

Born in Fairfield, Iowa, Mrs. Foster graduated from Iowa Wesleyan College, where she also received a master's degree in education. She taught in a small country school and junior high school early in her career.

In retirement, she worked as a substitute teacher. She also enjoyed traveling and had visited Latin America, Asia, Australia and Antarctic.

A daughter, Christy Lou Foster Edwards, died in 1988. In memory of their daughter, the Fosters established an endowment scholarship at Iowa Wesleyan College.

In addition to her husband, of Gaithersburg, survivors include a grandson and two great-grandchildren.