Foster, Julia Marjorie a 43-year resident of Palos Verdes Estates, passed away on Monday, March 19, 2007 in Torrance. Born in Shenandoah, IA, Julia was 86 when she died. Julia was a member of St. Lawrence Martyr Church and active in community affairs in Palos Verdes. Julia attended the University of Iowa and graduated with a degree in Journalism in 1942. She went to Manhattan to find work, where she landed a position as a copywriter and editor for Union Carbide Corporation. There she met John Gibbons Foster, an Army Air Corps pilot and native New Yorker. They were married in Shenandoah and began life as a military family. As John was promoted from Squadron assignments to Wing Commander, Julia kept the family together, balancing the needs of six children and the household. Julia found time to continue her writing as they moved from coast to coast across the country and to Japan, often focusing on articles about life and culture in different settings. When John retired from the Air Force, they settled in Palos Verdes, where Julia began a long career as a freelance writer and photographer. She wrote features for magazines such as the Palos Verdes Review, The Rotarian, Catholic Digest, Los Angeles Magazine and the Ford Times. Newspapers that carried her articles included the Daily Breeze, Washington Post, Palos Verdes Peninsula News, Des Moines Register, San Diego Union Tribune and Kansas City Star. Julia loved interacting with her family. She visited them in Sacramento, Okinawa, Germany, England, Eureka, Cayucos, Oakland, Shenandoah and Portland, wherever there was family to be enjoyed, Julia would hop on a plane and travel across the continent for special occasions. Often these resulted in stories written to capture the excitement of her adventures. They might include archaeological expeditions, kinetic sculpture races, Japanese flower arranging tips, pigeon racing, snorkeling in the tropical Pacific, hiking in Palos Verdes, Mexico's missions, Catalina adventuring or people of the Palos Verdes peninsula. Julia was an adventurer and loved sharing her adventures. She wrote about finding a lost WWII fighter plane off the coast of California, gold-rush towns of the Mother Lode, the Historic Malibu Pier, the concept of Cowboy life in Japan and Croatia, and many diverse topics. Julia loved her Church, her Dodgers, her Liberal causes and candidates, her Surfwriters group and her birds. She fed Jays and an epileptic squirrel on her patio. She loved guiding visitors to the Point Vicente Interpretive Center or the Getty Museum. She made a special place in her heart for her family and friends. She wrote her mother every day. Her spirit lives on through her writings that capture her humor, joy of life, passion and energy. Her smile and optimism will be remembered for many lifetimes across many countries. She is survived by Son, John (Kathy) Foster of Fair Oaks, CA, Son, Michael (Gretchen Ross) Foster of Cayucos, CA, Daughter, Ann Foster of Oakland, CA, Son, Dan (Victoria) Foster of Wilton, CA, Daughter, Vicki (Tom) Pender of McKinleyville, CA, Daughter, Mary Claire (Tom) Wahl of Germany and Brother, John Weaver of Shenandoah, IA, and 11 grandchildren. Preceded in death by Husband, John Gibbons Foster, Mother, Lorraine Weaver and Father, John Weaver. A gathering of family & friends will be held at McCormick Redondo Beach Chapel on Thursday, March 22, 2007 from 5:00 P.M. until 9:00 P.M. with a Rosary at 6:00 P.M. The Funeral Mass will be held at St. Lawrence Martyr Church on Friday, March 23, 2007 at 10:00 A.M. Burial will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Point Vicente Interpretive Center in Palos Verdes.

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  1. “I belatedly read Julia’s obituary and thus missed her ceremony this morning. I was one of her fellow Associate Editors at the Palos Verdes Review before it unfortunately closed down. We also were in Surfwriters together for a number of years. I always admired Julia’s intrepid spirit, her unending search for a new story and just her general persevering spirit. I consider that hers was a well-spent life. From what she said, it also seems she felt fortunate to have a most gratifying group of children and grandchildren as well. My condolences to all of you. Susan Seager”

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