Nancy Jane Foust, 84, of Smithsburg, MD, passed away on Tuesday, February 22, 2022.
Born March 23, 1937 in West St. Clair Township, PA, she was the daughter of the late Leson and Hazel (Miller) Callihan. In addition to her parents she was also preceded in death by seven siblings, Glenn Callihan, Thelda Smith, Anna Hoffman, Albert Callihan, Alton Callihan, Phyllis Trefz and Belva Ewig.
In addition to being a homemaker, Mrs. Foust was employed as an administrative assistant, retiring after 22 years with the Washington County Health Department in Hagerstown.
She is survived by her loving husband of 65 years, Edward J. Foust, three children, Cindy Amorati and husband Joe, Frederick, MD, Brenda Arnett, Smithsburg, MD, and Edward Foust, Jr. and wife, Bernadette, Lourdes, France; four siblings, Verla Hinson, York, PA, Robert Callihan, Strasburg, VA, Barbara Dishong, Everett, PA, and Susie Yost, Dover, PA; five grandchildren, Drew Arnett and wife, Amanda, Scott Arnett, Julia Prichard and husband, Bryan, Natalie Petersen and husband, Corbett, Olivia White and husband Carey; seven great-grandchildren, Eliason Arnett, Aiden Arnett, Addison Arnett, Landon Prichard, Leah Prichard, Beckett Petersen, and Ivy Ann White. She leaves behind a large extended family.
Nancy loved spending time with family, especially with her grandchildren. She was always ready and willing to take care of the grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and never missed their sporting events or dance recitals. A grandmother who played on the floor with her grandkids, had annual Easter egg hunts, donned a swimsuit to sit in a backyard wading pool, and kept a big bag of candy in her purse for all the ballgames. She made everyone feel at home and added that special touch to our gifts, our birthday cakes, and more. Cooking family favorites and decorating for the holidays were just a few of the things that gave her joy. And every New Year’s Day she made pork and sauerkraut for good luck. She was an excellent seamstress, making dresses and outfits for herself as well as for her daughters. She enjoyed art and music and so admired the creative art and talent of others. Her husband played the guitar and they would sing together often. She recently recalled her husband-to-be singing and playing his guitar for her when they courted.
Nancy spent many winters and happy times in Florida with her husband, siblings, and friends at the Palms Estates Retirement Community. She had a big heart, a big laugh, and was always full of life. Over the years she championed many causes and charities, most of which supported the needs of children.
A celebration of her life will be conducted at a later date. Graveside service will be private and at the convenience of the family. Online condolences may be left at www.rsthvn.com.
In memory of Nancy, a memorial donation may be made to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, the Ronald McDonald House Charities, or World Vision.