Juneau resident Karen Ann Foster died Oct. 8, 2008, at Providence Hospital in Anchorage after a short, unexpected illness. She was 51.
She was born Sept. 17, 2008, in San Francisco, to Richard and Dolores Smith. When she was in the fifth grade, the family moved to Juneau. She graduated from Juneau-Douglas High School in 1975.
Upon marrying, she moved to Lakewood, Colo., where she was secretary to the police captain at the Lakewood Police Department for a number of years and after that worked in a nephrology office.
About eight years ago, she moved back to Juneau and began working for Juneau Physical Therapy in the Mendenhall Valley. She thoroughly enjoyed the staff, clients and helping people in general, her family said.
She enjoyed gardening and shopping, but her most enjoyment was from being with her family and friends.
She will be deeply missed by all, her family said.
She is survived by her son, Kelly Foster, of Juneau; 5-month-old grandson, Keegan Foster, of Juneau; father and mother, Dick and Dolores Smith, of Juneau; brothers, Mark Smith and Kirk Smith and wife, Deniece, of Juneau; nephews, Brian and Matt Smith, of Juneau; nieces, Janelle and Tessa Smith, of Juneau and numerous cousins in California.
A private memorial service will be held at Chapel by the Lake.