Tahlequah Daily Press

February 27, 2014

Martha Jo “Rachel” Foster


HULBERT — Funeral services for Martha Jo “Rachel” Foster will be held on Thursday, Feb. 27, at 10 a.m. at the Reed-Culver Chapel with Rev. Sampson Keener and Rev. Jimmy Carey officiating. Visitation will be Wednesday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. at Reed-Culver. Online condolences for the family may be left at www.reedculver.com. Interment will follow at Swimmer Cemetery near Hulbert.

Pallbearers for Rachel include Richard Leonard, Jason Leonard, Armando Mareno, Randy Johnson, Edward Deckard, and Emanual Deckard.

Martha Jo Foster, or Rachel to her friends, was born on Jan. 16, 1952 in Tahlequah, the daughter of Claud and Nancy (McKee) Johnson. Rachel was employed by the Cherokee Nation as a housekeeper.

Whenever she had spare time she spent it with her best friend and husband of 28 years, Travis. There was always a sunny day spent fishing, or going around to the flea markets looking for treasure, and an afternoon spent sewing was always fun. Of all the ways to spend a day, being with all of her family was the most important. She loved getting together with family to share a meal and spend the afternoon talking and sharing stories. Rachel enjoyed long car trips with Travis, enjoying the view and seeing something new and different.

Rachel may have been small in size, but she had heart and stamina. She was diagnosed with cancer in 2009 and refused to let it keep her from enjoying her family. Rachel was a Baptist by faith and a member of Swimmer Baptist Church. The Lord called Rachel to her eternal rest on Monday, Feb. 24, at her home near Lost City, with her loving family by her side. Rachel was 62 years old. She will be greatly missed for her smile, her love for her family and her friends she made along life’s way.

Rachel is preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Alton Ray Johnson, Johnny Lee McKee, and Clem Johnson; and one sister, Shirley Johnson.

Her memory lives on in her husband of 28 years, Travis Foster of the home in Hulbert; and five sisters, Linda Johnson and husband Glenn Hamby Jr. of Hulbert, Juanita Moreno and husband Francisco of Tahlequah, Anita Leonard and husband Millard of Pryor, Teresa Howell of Breckenridge, Mo., and Lula Smith and husband Arley of Glenwood, Kan. She also leaves three brothers, Thomas Johnson, Billy Ray Johnson, both of Tahlequah, and Claud Johnson of Kansas City, Kan.; as well as many cousins and a host of friends and loved ones.

Reed-Culver Funeral Home, 117 W. Delaware, (918) 456-2551.