Bette Elizabeth Foster
Bette Elizabeth Foster
January 9, 1940 - November 15, 2019
On Friday, November 15, 2019, Elizabeth "Bette" Harman Neunhoffer Foster, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grand mother, friend and the most authentically unique soul of all time, went home to be with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ; and was finally reunited with the love of her life, John, at the age of 79.
Bette was born on January 9, 1940 in Shreveport, Louisiana, to Master Sergeant, David C. Harman, 101st Airborne Division, and Mary Harman, née Julian. Following the death of her father in WWII, Bette was later adopted by her step-father, Albert Neunhoffer. Bette spent many years of her childhood in Venezuela, where Albert worked for a large oil cooperation. She was doted upon and served hot chocolate in bed, not cocoa, actual melted chocolate and cream. This was most likely where the stage was set for her to become the diva we all adored. After returning to the states, Bette attended Ursuline Academy, Thomas Jefferson High School, and Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. She then became an airline stewardess for Trans-Texas Airways.
Bette married John Culman Foster, became a homemaker, and together they raised their beloved children, Paige, Penne, Jared and Brooke.
Bette had a passion for decorating their century old home, hunting antiques, raising Japanese Akitas, and bringing in strays, animals and people alike. She gave generously of her bounteous heart and no person or animal ever left her side hungry for food or love. Most never left, at all. Her home was constantly full of children, teenagers, friends, and animals; all seeking her love, sassy spirit, and sage wisdom.
Bette was never one to hold back and would openly tell you if you looked gorgeous, if she approved of your manners, or if she was proud of you. Likewise, she would tell you to straighten up, eat your asparagus and cauliflower, watch your mouth, take your vitamins, always exfoliate and to never, ever, wear that hideous color again. After all, no one looks good in orange.
Bette was known for her boisterous laugh, her infectious smile, her kindness, and her untamed spirit. Her signature martini, the "Bette-Tini", was named in her honor. Bette owned every room she walked into, turned every head she passed, and graced every table she sat at. Bette was loved by many and admired by all, as she loved, laughed, and lived every moment of her life in her larger than life fashion.
Bette wore an eternal pair of rose colored glasses and saw the best in every situation. She believed in dancing in the rain and she did so, often, with a grandchild in her arms. She fought a hard battle with cancer and she was a true hero and warrior.
Bette was notorious for never, ever, being on time; however, we wish she had been a little later leaving this Earth. We know our God is the God of the hills and the valleys, and while we mourn her absence here on Earth, we rejoice in the knowledge that she is safe in the arms of Jesus and hearing those blessed words, "Well done, good and faithful servant.”
Bette was preceded in death by her parents, and the love of her life, husband, John. She is survived by many long-time friends and her greatest joys, her children, Paige Getz ( Floyd), Penne Morgan (Sam), Jared Foster (Liz) and Brooke Foster, who resides in the century old, 6th generation, family house that Bette made a home; grandchildren, Jonathan Getz (Kaitlen), Thomas Getz, Amanda Morgan (Jacob), Aaron Morgan (Samantha), Jake Morgan, Breanna Foster and Foster Johnson, and great-grandchildren Caleb Getz and Jacob Eighmy.
Her life will be celebrated at a memorial service to be held on Saturday, November 23rd, 2019, 10 o'clock a.m., at the Calvary Baptist Church in Brownsboro. Flowers may be sent to 11170 Moss St. Brownsboro, TX.