Lillian Laverne Holzman Foster | 1932-2017

Published Wednesday, August 9, 2017

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Lillian Foster

Lillian Laverne Holzman Foster, 85, of Richardson, died Friday, Aug. 4, 2017, in Richardson.

Funeral is 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 12, at Hawkins Funeral Home in Boyd with Dr. Victor Kollman officiating. Burial will follow at Pleasant Grove No. 1 Cemetery.

Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Pallbearers are Dr. Travis Foster, Dr. Eric Foster, Dr. Mark Foster, Shawn Foster and Neil Foster.

Laverne was born April 5, 1932, in Dallas to Dr. Jesse Arno and Lillie Platte Holzman. She was their youngest daughter. Dr. Holzman was a veterinarian in World War I. He worked with the city of Dallas as the city veterinarian in charge of the dairy department.

Dr. Holzman also established a veterinary practice specializing in small animals behind their home at 912 St. and Jefferson. The young girls had lots of pets and were particularly proud of a crow that talked and several distinctive goats.

When Laverne was young, she moved with her family to California after her father had accepted work with the U.S Department of Agriculture: Bureau of Animal Industry in the 1930s. He worked for the Bovine Tuberculosis Eradication Program, so they moved a lot as he worked, traveling from herd to herd throughout the state.

Laverne and her older sister excelled in multiple school districts in California, and they accelerated through their classes.

The family moved back to Texas in 1942. Tragically, her father died that December when Laverne was only 10. Her mother moved the girls back to their home on 8th Street and Jefferson where they raised chickens and doves. Laverne and her sister regularly attended Sunday school and church at First Methodist Dallas.

Laverne continued with her studies and graduated from Adamson High School, Class of 1950. It was there she met the love of her life, Connie T. Foster. She continued her studies at North Texas State College and then at Parkland School of Nursing in Oaklawn.

At that time nursing students were not allowed to marry during their training, but Laverne’s mother gave special consent for her to marry Connie Oct. 10, 1952, in Dickerson Chapel of First Methodist Church Dallas. They were married for 63 years. Laverne graduated from Parkland Hospital School of Nursing in 1954.

Connie and Laverne had three boys – Travis Arno, William Eric and Mark Lawrence. In 1964, the family moved to Richardson. Connie found a job working as an engineer for Texas Instruments on national defense projects. Laverne worked in nursing for many years at Richardson Medical Center, retiring in 1992.

All three of her sons graduated from J.J. Pearce High School in Richardson and went on to achieve doctorate degrees. Laverne enjoyed reading. She and her husband were regular members of Messiah Lutheran Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband.

Laverne is survived by her sons, Dr. Travis Foster of Dallas, Dr. Eric Foster and wife, Bonnie, of Colleyville and Dr. Mark Foster and wife, Susan, of Ponder; grandchildren Caroline, Shawn, Neil, Conner and Jenny; nephew Jeff Foster and wife, Christi, of Round Rock and their children Jacob and Jessica; and sister Dr. JoAnne Francis Battalgia of Denton.

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