Naomi Ruth (Fulkerson) Foister, oldest daughter of Charles E. and Ava B. (Hunsinger) Fulkerson, passed away on Tuesday, September 7th, 2021 at her home in Carmi after recently celebrating her 100th birthday on July 5th, 2021. Her parents and four siblings (Charles Fulkerson, Wanda Fulkerson Martin, Allen Fulkerson, and Shirley Fulkerson Harris) all preceded her in death.
Born in Burnt Prairie Township, Ruth graduated from Carmi High School in 1939. Ruth was united in marriage to Earl V. (Ves) Foister on June 5th, 1947, and he preceded her in death on November 9th, 1983. Ves retired from Phillips Petroleum in Eureka, Kansas, in 1969, and they returned to live in Carmi, purchasing a home on Iris Lane where Ruth had lived ever since. A devout Christian, Ruth was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Carmi. Ruth enjoyed quilting and needle pointing, gardening, and working in her yard, as well as spending time with family. She is survived by nephews, (Pete & Kelly Fulkerson, Rich & Jill Fulkerson, Mike & Sharon Harris), nieces (Teresa & Jeff Angle, Brenda & Mike Pfister, Linda & Ernie Bingman, Debbie & Ted Broyles, and Becky Downs), plus several great nieces, great nephews and great great nieces and nephews.
Stendeback Funeral Home in Carmi is in charge of private family graveside services at White County Memorial Garden near Carmi. Donations may be made in Ruth's name to Carmi's First United Methodist Church.
(Written by Ruth for her 1989 50-year class reunion booklet): My past 50 years have been full, happy, and rewarding. After graduating from high school in 1939 I attended Lockyear Business College for one year and then took a Civil Service job for the Rationing Board during the war years. My next employment was at the DX Station in Carmi, keeping books. In 1946 I met Ves Foister, and in June of '47 we were married. Ves worked for the Phillips Petroleum Company, and we lived in Flora, IL until 1951. Then we were transferred to Eureka, Kansas. We enjoyed everything in Kansas for 17 years. When Ves retired we moved back to Carmi. We had 14 years of enjoying our home and each other until Ves' death in November 1983. I have continued on alone in our home, living near my sisters and brothers. Even though Ves and I didn't have children, I'm enjoying my nieces and nephews and their children. I keep busy with church work and my hobby, which is and has been through life hand work and quilting.