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July 07, 2022


Ella Mae Foster

November 15, 1942 - June 28, 2022

Time to be Born

Ellar Mae Hatcher was born on November 15, 1942 to the parentage of Johnnie (Jack) Hatcher and Savannah Peters Hatcher, to that union four children were born; Ellar being the oldest, Clemeal (Shorty) Hatcher, Mary L. Hatcher May and Booker T. Hatcher.  Ellar departed this earthly life on June 28, 2022 surrounded by her loved ones

Time To Educate

Ellar attended Jones Creek Elementary School and graduated valedictorian Class of 1959.  She attended Wesley Ray High School and completed night classes at Central Memorial High School and later attended Southern University.  She moved to California and obtained an Associate degree in Psychology.  She also obtained a certificate of completion in Child Care Management from Stratford University.

Time To Cherish

As a young child Ellar was carried to Mary's Chapel UMC, where she was baptized, under the leadership of Rev. Franklyn.  She was active in Sunday school, sang in the youth choir and attended MYF. High school life was good, Ellar was an A student, she loved basketball, but she says she did not use all 5 of her senses, she married early, and she thanks God for daughter Anita. But God has a plan for all of our lives, she met and married William T. Foster Jr. and to this union 3 daughters were born, Shondalon G. Foster, Nanette P. Blackwell and Melissa A. Foster, and later was blessed with a son, Undra L. McKenzie from her niece and nephew Undra and Julie Moses.   In 1966 the family moved to California, it was hard to leave her family especially her mother, who always had her back, but God is good all the time, so she knew that they were making the right move.  They joined Southwest Methodist Church for a few years where the girls were baptized but in 1969, they moved to the Westside and they joined New Congregational MBC under the leadership of Dr. L.M. Jones.  Ellar worked in many areas of the church, Sunday School, Mission, Usher Board, and the finance office.  Ellar retired from New York Life in 1989 to work full time at the church.  In 1992 Ellar received her calling into the Ministry, she received her License on July 12, 1993, she served with joy as part of the Ministerial staff.  Ellar moved back to Louisiana in 2003 and returned to Mary's Chapel, after seven years she decided to join her husband at Mt. Zion MBC where she was active in Sunday School and Mission.  On November 26, 2017 she was blessed to bring the message at 11AM Service and was licensed by Dr. Byron Muse, her subject that Sunday was "Winning The Spiritual Lottery".  Ellar continued to minister and serve until her health began to fail.

Ellar was employed with New York Life from 1974-2002 Washington Parish School Board 2005-2010, Cook-Richmond Funeral Home 2011-2022.  She was the owner of Foster's family Day Care 2001-2011.

Ellar M. Foster leaves to cherish her memories her loving husband William T. Foster Jr, two daughters; Anita L.(Gregory) Howard and Shondalon G. Foster, one son; Undra L. McKenzie; a sister Mary L. May, twelve grandchildren, Tomekia Harry, Myesha (Shelly) Haynes, Larry (Sherrick) Harry, Keith (Charonda) Pinkard, Gregory Strickland, Tony (Crystal) Osborne, Steven Osborne, Rodney Jones, William (Jade) Foster III, Me'Lisha (Tomin) Harvey, Jordan McKenzie, Audae M. McKenzie, a son-in -law, Lester Blackwell, a special great gran daughter Mahliyah Harry, two special nephews Matthew Washington and David May. A host of great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Ellar was preceded in death by her parents; Johnny and Savannah Hatcher, grandparents, Loren and Nazeal Peters and James Willie and Ella Hatcher, two daughters; Nanette P. Blackwell and Melissa A. Foster, brothers, Clemeal and Booker Hatcher, and Oscar L. Moses, sisters; Margie l. Johnson, Faye Dorothy Parnell, and Lucille Nichols

The Funeral Service will be at 11:00 AM on July 16, 2022 at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Angie, Louisiana.

Cook-Richmond Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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