GWENDOLYN IRENE DREW-FOSTER
August 28, 1925 ~ April 25, 2015
"Gwen loved to laugh, be with her family and friends, and show her love with the gift of giving."
Gwendolyn Irene Drew-Foster went home to be with her Lord and Savior on April 25, 2015, at 89 years of age. She was born at home in Vancouver, WA on Aug. 28, 1925 to Gerald F. and Edith Shaffer (née Updike) and had one sister, Wilma Eurich, all of whom preceded her in death. Gwen graduated from Vancouver High School in 1942 at age 16.
After turning 17, her parents gave her permission to marry Eldin Drew. They were married for 42 years, and had three daughters, Kathy, Carol and Peggy.
Gwen was Bookkeeper for Larry O. Collins, Inc. for many years which, along with Eldin's experience in the grocery business, enabled them to acquire the J&L Market grocery store and gas station in the Barberton area. They enjoyed working together, each bringing their particular skills.
After retiring from the store, Gwen worked for Garon Co. as Bookkeeper and Office Manager.
Eldin and Gwen were charter members of the 1st Evangelical Free Church. Gwen served as Missionary President, Deaconess, and hosted many dinners for pastors, missionaries, and friends.
In 1984, Gwen married Paul Foster. They loved to travel, especially in the Columbia River Gorge. After Paul passed, she had 10 wonderful years with George Shaw, enjoying hobbies together, and being involved in Columbia Christian Church where she made wonderful friends and served on the Church Board.
Gwen served on the Clark County Quality Review Team, a sub-committee for the Mental Health Advisory Board, for several years.
She traveled to many countries around the world. Gwen loved doing crafts and was famous for growing the most beautiful roses and orchids. She loved knitting-making the best dishcloths in the favorite color of each of her daughters and granddaughters. She filled the entire living room with gifts at Christmas, made delicious candy, and was a great cook, making many special memories for the daughters, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
Gwen is survived by her daughters, Kathy (Morry) Hitchcock and Peggy (Chuck) Barnes of Vancouver; grandchildren, Tammy (Cary) Callahan of Warrenton, VA, Leanne (Ed) Willis of Vancouver, and Joel Stephens of Los Angeles, CA; six great-grandchildren; three step-children; and eight step-great-grandchildren. They loved her dearly.
She was preceded in death by Eldin Drew, Paul Foster, George Shaw; daughter, Carol Andrus; and grandson, Matthew Stephens.
The family wishes to thank Ray Hickey Hospice House for their loving care and honoring her in death.
A memorial service will be held at noon on Sat., May 2, 2015 at Columbia Christian Church, 907 NW 99th St., Vancouver, WA 98665. She will be interred at Park Hill Cemetery, Vancouver, WA.
Please sign her guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits