Maggie Hill Foster

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Maggie Hill Foster

Death 19 Feb 1959 (aged 87–88)
Burial Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee, USA
Memorial ID 154231517 · View Source
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This is from my grandmother's diary about Miss Foster (she was never married)

Appearing in the Press-Scimitar was the notice of the death of Miss Margaret (Maggie) Foster, 87 years - passed away Feb 18, 1959 at Methodist Hospital at 7 pm sister of Mrs. A. R. Tuggle at Caperville, Tenn., Services 1pm at National Funeral Home, 1pm Feb 20 Inerment in Elmwood Cemetery.

I know many remember "Miss Maggie" Foster. For me, I can think of her, being one of the most important people in my life. Miss. Maggie was principal of Tip Top school a pioneer school of the Whitehaven vicinity, it was really on top of a hill with trees all around and some ditches and a good place for sleds on ice in winter. So, really I was 7 years old and Bill, my brother, was 6 in Jan when we first started, making the year 1901. I would be 8 the following May. We lived about 2 miles from school and had a muddy road to go no other white children close enough for me to go before Bill, but Grandma taught me from almost babyhood, so I was ready for 3rd grade when I entered school. Our first day we stopped by Charley McPeak's house and went to school with Cassie and Edd. Miss Annie Hodgens was my first teacher and Miss Foster prinicipal. I'll tell you some more about Cassie and Edd. They lived about 1 mile from us. They later moved to this section of country. I remember one very funny thing about Edd. Mamma and I went up to see the McPeaks before they moved, all of a sudden we could hear a lot of bells, it was Edd with bells around his neck. His mother inquired, Edd Lee, that's what she called him, what are you doing with all those bells around your neck? Oh! he said, Mamma, now you know, you said you couldn't keep up with me so I thought I'd fix it so you could. Edd and his family now live at Brighton. Margaret Faulkner is his daughter. Cassie is Mrs. White Horn and lives near Covington. They have another sister Mammie Hanks, Wayne's mother.

Now, back to Miss. Foster and very first great love for her. Back in those days when we had spelling at class every day, then when you reached head, you would go foot and try to come back head again. So it's me. I just must not miss one word and I didn't till one day, Miss Elizabeth Messick, Shelby County Supt. of schools and for whom a school in Memphis is named visited our school and as fate would have it, she offered to hear our speling class. I was 4 or 5 down from top so every ???? the word from the top and Miss Messick looked like she was 10 ft tall, she was tall and stately, but as a child, I was frightened because she was there and I too, missed the word, that I knew well. Miss Annie always send before school closed all who are perfect, raise your hand. I couldn't, but I remember, I put my head down on my desk and wept. I don't even remember going home, but when I returned to school the next morning, I saw I had a head mark and I told Miss Annie, I wasn't supposed to have a head mark. She said, "yes, you are". Miss Foster said she knew you knew that word and to give you a head mark. I did know the word and for Mrs. Foster to know, I knew it to gave me something that lived with me through the years. She believed and trusted me. Then the many times I heard her read the Scripture of the Bible, 13th Chapter, 21st Corinthians, which is my favorite chapter for it was she taught me what the whole chapter summed up meant one thing, now abides faith, hope and love but the greatest of these is love.

Later on, after I got in high school Miss. Foster was my teacher again. She later taught Frances, Elbert Jr., Walter and maybe Richard at Ford N Taylor School, now known as Anne Hill, near Forrest Hill Cemetery. Bless her heart and may I sometime again (?) from her. She was a real friend with lots of understanding and love in her heart, the kind of a teacher every boy and girl needs to guide them in their early years.

Contributor: Mary Lynne (48495662)

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