Dolores M. Foster was born on September 27, 1955, in Baltimore, Maryland, the firstborn to the late Dennis and Mary Foster. On November 15, 2021, God called her home.
Dolores received her formal education in the Baltimore City Public School system. At this point she would start her love of reading and the color purple, this would very quickly become a lifelong love that she would share with others that she would encounter. Dolores was a very proud graduate of Western High School where she got involved in many activities and social groups. Upon graduation in 1973, she was accepted to Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After spending some time at Carnegie Mellon Dolores would then transfer to Morgan State University majoring in social work and graduating Cum Laude. Moving on from there Dolores would join her mother and begin her career at Johns Hopkins Hospital in the Medical Records Department.
In 1986 she was surprised with a bundle of joy “Devin Marckus”. Devin was her pride and joy. This moment would change her life in many ways bringing more joys and experiences. Through her son, Dolores would become a very loving, nurturing, and compassionate mother and person. She would also become a pseudo mother/aunt to his close friends who would regularly refer to her as “Aunt Dee”.
The early 2000s would become a very challenging time for Dolores, where she would lose both her mother (Mary) and father (Dennis Sr.). Also during that time, she would develop congestive heart failure (CHF). During this dark period Dolores would show extraordinary strength and resilience. She chose to participate in the then-experimental Left Ventricular Assist Device (L-VAD) testing which would help prolong her life until 2006 where she would receive a health heart transplant. With Devin and her aunt, Jean Ware, by her side she was able to make full recovery from the transplant procedure and lived with that heart until her time of passing.
Despite overcoming so much it wouldn’t be until the birth of her grandchildren that Dolores would experience joy and love that she never thought possible. Starting in May 2011 with the birth of her first granddaughter Desiree, her precious pony Princess. Next her first grandson Daniel Justin (DJ) in October 2017 and; finally her second grandson Amir her WooWooWoo in June 2019. These 3 would become her world and she would regularly be found either with them or shopping for them. She cherished any time that she could spend with them either in person or on the phone. With a second granddaughter on the way (Ariyah) Dolores was even more excited and began preparing for her arrival (March 2022).
Dolores was a devoted member of Faith Baptist Church and participated in numerous ministries. Dolores was baptized at Faith on July 17, 1964 at the age of 8. She was a member of the Children's Choir, Girl Scouts, Paige Choraleers, Women's Chorus, Evangelism Ministry, Vacation Bible School, Sunday School, C and K Camp, Wednesday Bible Class, Hospitality Ministry and volunteered wherever she was needed. Dolores shared her love for the Lord by sharing her time and compassionate spirit with everyone.
Dolores leaves behind to celebrate her life and cherish her memory: her son, Devin (Breanna), brother Dennis (Angela), Aunt Shirley Roane, Uncles Samuel Foster (Diane), Ralph “Pete” Dargan (Eunice). Granddaughters Desiree and Ariyah, Grandsons, Daniel and Amir, Godchildren, Denise Willey and David Gray, devoted childhood friend, Brenda Cole, a host of cousins, relatives and, a plethora of friends.