10254 W. Carlton Bay | Garden City, ID 83714

Phyllis LeAnn Foster December 4, 1956 - May 29, 2024

Phyllis LeAnn Foster checked into the world about a month early on December 4th, 1956. At a little over five pounds it took her awhile to catch up to her peers. She was independent from the start and “marched to her own drummer”.Joined by her younger sister Micki and a host of girl cousins near the same age they led the idylic childhood life. The river was their own domain and to encounter another person there was rare and just a bit annoying Horses, tree houses, broken arms. Star grade school, Eagle Junior High, Meridian High School. The arrival of her baby brother in her tenth year was icing on the cake. She adored him.
She attended Boise State University, was employed by the Idaho Statesman, Channel 2 and Channel 9 television and was currently employed at Idaho Parks and Recreation.
So life for our beloved, daughter, sister, cousin, aunty, niece, friend was lively and interesting. The adventurous little bundle of energy was an avid traveler, hiked every trail, rafted river, skiied every slope, soaked in every hot springs with myriads of friends from every part of the nation. She was beautiful, brilliant, artistic, musical, independent and impatient, loyal and loving, funny and fierce, athletic and opinionated.
She loved her family, travel music, good books and good coffee and time spent with friends and family.
She was possibly the slowest eater on the planet and could make an ice dream cone last for hours. She made customized Easter Eggs. She was a blessing and a joy. She leaves a hole in the world she left behind. Surrounding that hole are her mom and stepdad, Mary Rockhill Foster and Darrell Kolsky, sister Micki Foster (Phil) Openshaw, brother Tim (Laura) Foster. The Openshaw nieces and Nephews include LeAnn (James) Fry, Kylee (Ben) Blackburn, Foster Openshaw(Jill), Leslee (Tim) House and Joel Openshaw. The Foster niece is Chloe Foster Nelson (Jordan), many close friends but especially Jeannie Owens

Memorial Services will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Friday, February 28th at Bowman Funeral Chapel, 10254 West Carlton Bay Drive, Garden City (Just off State Street)

Memorial Services will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Friday, February 28th at Bowman Funeral Chapel, 10254 West Carlton Bay Drive, Garden City (Just off State Street)


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    Mary Olavarria Christianson says

    What a wonderful person Phyllis was. I have so many great memories spent together over the years. I will miss her! Much love to her family ❤️

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    Doug & Fee says

    We are so saddened to know that Phyllis will never bring her infectious smile to our River circle again. She was a permanent fixture on our list of people to share the joys of nature with. We will miss her dearly, as will the rest of the Colorado crew, who send their most heartfelt condolences…

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    Nadine Curtis says

    Phyllis was a big part of our IDPR family. She was gentle and kind and always had a sweet smile as she said hello. I will miss that smile. Blessings to the family and many friends.

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    Scott cane says

    Sorry for your family’s lose,I grew up across the river from her and played together as kids. She seemed always compitive in different things she did. She fun to be around.

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    Brenda Buchanan Saltzer says

    So, so, sorry for the huge loss of Phyllis. I have so very many memories of Jr. High fun with her. I will never forget the first time I saw her and Micki’s bedroom with the four poster canopy beds they had earned the money to buy. She was always SOOOOO impressive! Seventh and eighth grades with her were magical childhood years. Phyllis and I and our little Jr. High school group had recently reconnected. That makes it even harder to lose her. Much love to her mom, Mary. I remember your sizzle burgers, and the fun we had at your house. Hugs and prayers to all of her family.

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