Apr. 29, 1904 Scotia Humboldt County California, USA
Dec. 19, 1972 Modesto Stanislaus County California, USA
Lelia was the 9th child born to her parents James and Susanna Carl. By the time she was born 4 of her brothers had aready passed on. At the age of 8 she was struck with polio and spent about a year in bed. When her mother suffered a stroke and was bedridden it fell on Lelia to care for the family. Her mother died when she was just 14.
Lelia married Luke Foster in about 1924 and divorced him in about 1931 after he had abandoned her while she was expecting their 5th child. Lelia raised her 5 children on her own and then went on to raise grandchildren and a great granddaughter.
In order to support her family she worked in the Oyster Factory in Eureka and later became a nurse aide working in both Eureka and San Rafael, California. She gave up working to care for the 5 children of her youngest daughter around 1962.