Obituary : Long-time county board member Ivadale Foster dies

By | November 16, 2015

Ivadale Foster, 93, died Saturday morning in her home. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Leek & Sons Funeral Home, Danville.
Foster received honors from numerous organizations for which she worked as a volunteer and first became a member of the Vermilion County Board in 1980.
“Ivadale was a wonderful lady,” Mike Marron, county board chairman, said Saturday. “She was a very dedicated member (of the county board). She had so many years of service. She is definitely going to be missed.”
Robert Boyd of Danville also represents District 8 on the county board, the same district as Foster. It includes a large portion of Danville southeast neighborhoods.
“She was an icon of the community,” Boyd said Saturday. “I have so many memories of working with her. She was so knowledgeable about how the county board worked. And she was such a fun-loving person. I never saw her mad at anyone.
“There were lots of things about the county board when I first went on that I had no clue about,” he said. “I could call her up and learn about the process. She will be dearly missed.”
Lori DeYoung also served on the county board with Foster and worked with her on the county health department.
“She was truly committed to the community,” DeYoung said. “We all loved and respected her. She was a pioneer for women on the county board. We all looked up to her as a mentor. The county board was part of Ivadale.”
Foster was well-known throughout the community as a volunteer. In addition to her work on the Vermilion County Board, she was active on various committees at Union Missionary Baptist Church, Bradley-Mayberry American Legion Auxiliary, Laura Lee Fellowship House, East Central Illinois Community Action Agency and East Central Illinois Agency on Aging.
Foster was selected as Vermilion County’s Outstanding Senior Volunteer in 1991 by the East Central Illinois Area Agency on Aging, named a Woman of Distinction in 2002 by the Green Meadows Girl Scouts Council and was honored by numerous other organizations for her efforts.
In a 1964 poll sponsored by the Commercial-News, Foster was named one of three outstanding women in the city. She credited her mother’s influence for her commitment to helping others.
Marron said Saturday the county board would not declare a vacancy in District 8 until the December meeting out of respect for Foster’s long tenure on the board.
After the vacancy is declared, county Democrats will nominate someone to fill the remainder of her term, and the full county board will vote on the nominee.
Frank Wright, chairman for Vermilion County Democrats, said Foster helped him a great deal after he first took over the chairman’s job.
“She shared a lot of her wisdom with me,” he said. “She had served on the board for 33 years. She hoped to get her 35-year pin. She wasn’t going to run (for re-election) again. She said she wanted to rest. Now she’s resting with Jesus.”

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