Carolyn K. Foster
Carolyn Knapp Foster of Cape Coral, Florida, and Middlebury, Vermont, died unexpectedly at her home in Cape Coral on March 12, 2018, she was 82.
The only child of Gordon Watson and Helen Bancroft Knapp, raised on the southern coast of Long Island in East Rockaway, NY, Carolyn was and would always remain a child of the sea. She had innumerable passions as a young girl, but, unequivocally, it was her love for the Morgan horse, fueled by the radio adventures of the Lone Ranger she listened to each week as a child, that was her first and foremost.
In 1950, she attended the Northfield School in Northfield, MA, where her tilted nose, tumbling laugh, and “sparkling humor” won her the nickname “Muffin.” At Northfield, she blossomed into a dedicated science student and talented musician, frequently playing guitar and singing folk music with friends. In May of 1953, she graduated from Northfield and set her sights on the nursing program at the University of Vermont. That fall, she immersed herself in her rigorous nursing classes and began to play music regularly. She routinely appeared with friends, playing and singing folk and country music on her beloved Goya guitar at the University and around the city of Burlington. Her musical career reached its peak in college, when she and her band mates began playing folk music live on Sunday nights on WCAX TV in Burlington. Ever serious-minded, however, she focused on and excelled in the rigorous UVM nursing program. She graduated with the class of ’57. By then, she had also met the love of her life, her husband of 61 years, Edward Foster
The couple wed in Burlington and lived successively in Baltimore and Cleveland, where she worked as a nurse while raising her growing family. In 1963, she and her husband returned to Middlebury, Vermont. It was then that she finally pursued her life’s dream of building a horse farm and raising Morgan horses of her very own. After having a small barn constructed on Quarry Road property that she found and fell in love with, she established Midland Morgans, where for the next 30 years she raised and competitively showed at equestrian events in Addison County and beyond. Her musical career came to an end with the responsibilities of motherhood, but she continued to play guitar in the comfort of her living room and sing to her growing brood of children and grandchildren throughout the years to come.
Be it fresh or salt, Carolyn loved the waterfront, and even before retiring from horsing in the 1980s, she spent as much time as possible sharing time behind the wheel of boats, both sail and powered. Her love of the ocean brought her to Cape Coral, Florida, where, in addition to boating, she pursued her newfound passion of golf. Never a power hitter, she relied instead on honing her keen ability to hit the ball precisely down the middle of the fairway, virtually every time she swung the club. She was a member of the Ralph Myer Golf Club in Middlebury beginning in the 1970s, and later at the Palmetto Pines Country club in Cape Coral, beginning in 1995. She also loved spending her time reading, socializing with her many friends, hosting sumptuous family meals, and relishing in what each and every day had to offer.
In addition to her husband, Carolyn is survived by her four children: Scott Foster and his wife, Alyce, of Middlebury, VT; David Foster and his wife, Lisa, of Middlebury, VT; Michael Foster and his wife, Sarah, of Sturbridge, MA; and Susan Drown and her husband Chuck of Concord, NH; along with their six grandchildren and four great grandchildren. And she leaves behind her beloved Carlee.
Memorial Services will be held 2:00 PM Monday, March 19, 2018 at Faith Presbyterian Church, 4544 Coronado Pkwy., Cape Coral, FL 33904 with Pastor Tim Halverson officiating.
Memorial Services will be held 2:00 PM Sunday, April 8, 2018 at Middlebury Congregational Church, 2 Main Street, Middlebury, VT 05753.
Donations in her honor may be given to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Pl., Memphis, TN 38105 or the Addison County Humane Society, 236 Boardman St., Middlebury, VT 05753.
Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cape Coral, is entrusted with final care.