Beverly — Susan F. Foster died unexpectedly from complications due to a stroke she suffered on December 7th. She was surrounded by her extensive tribe of loving friends and family. Born and raised in Beverly, she was the daughter of the late Harry and Veronica Foster. Susan received her B.A. from UMass, Amherst and her Masters from UCLA. Following a number of years teaching special education, Susan directed the Juvenile Diversion program in the Essex County District Attorney’s office. She also held positions with the Beverly Public Schools and the Greater Beverly YMCA, and most recently served as assistant director of the Biolabs Foundation in Ipswich. Susan inherited a love of nature and digging in the dirt from her father. She worked an extensive flower and vegetable garden at her home. A true believer in connecting to the earth, Susan was a passionate gardener, beekeeper, equestrian, animal lover and outdoorswoman. She loved to create comforting meals from the fruits of her labor and entertain her vast circle of friends. Susan traveled internationally for business and pleasure. She was an avid supporter of the arts, MSPCA, Audubon, Windrush Farm, ArtCorps, the Salem Athenaeum, Appleton Farm, Topsfield Fair and the Essex County Trail Association. Susan leaves her brother Mark Foster and his wife Robin of Beverly and their daughters, Kate and Sarah; her uncle Leo Rybicki of Byfield and several cousins, along with a loving network of longstanding, devoted friends. She will be missed by her beloved dog Simon and horse Nafana.
ARRANGEMENTS: Burial arrangements are private. A celebration of Susan’s life is planned for spring 2013. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Windrush Farm, 30 Brookview Road, Boxford, MA 01921, in Susan’s name. Anderson-Bryant Funeral Home, 781-438-0135