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Sylvia G. (Garland) Foss

Born: Mon., Sep. 30, 1918
Died: Wed., May 8, 2019

Memorial Service

11:00 AM Sat., Jul. 13, 2019
Location: Missoula Alliance Church

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Stevensville - On May 8, Sylvia G. Foss, at age 100, changed her address from the Living Centre, Stevensville, to the corner of Heavenly Avenue and Hallelujah Road! She is rejoicing in heaven with family and friends and her Savior. She was born in 1918 in Plainview, Texas, to Arthur and Annie Garland. She was married in 1942 to Norman P. Foss. After his service in the South Pacific during World War II, they lived briefly on his farm in Nebraska. Then Norman enrolled at St. Paul Bible College, and in 1955, they began pastoring at the Nowthen, Minnesota, Alliance Church with their family of five children. In 1961 they accepted a call to Glendive, Montana, where they served until the Missoula Alliance Church extended a call in 1966, and there they stayed. During Norman’s pastorates, Sylvia led Vacation Bible School, taught Sunday school, directed the choir, and taught piano lessons. She played the piano and organ and taught women's Bible studies. In addition, she worked for seven plus years at the University of Montana where she led a woman's Bible study during the lunch hour. During this time, several foreign students lived with the Foss family in their home. Her next ministry was with the Hmong refugees in Missoula whom she dearly loved. After Norm's death in 1988, Sylvia followed her lifelong love of missionaries and visited them in Asia three times. Next, Sylvia spent six years working alongside the chaplains at the Montana State prison. She sent weekly cards called “Sylvia's Cheerios” to encourage the inmates. Sylvia lived with her children until coming to reside at the Living Centre in 2016. She praises God for the 100 wonderful years He has given her to serve Him. She had a long prayer list, including many missionaries, and she exchanged many emails and letters with them until her death. She is preceded in death by her husband, her parents, four brothers and their spouses, and one grandson. She is survived by her son, Robert (Carolyn), four daughters Joy (Paul) Grier, Linda (Ty) Evenson, Judy Foss, and Lu Ann (George) Hegie, 8 grandkids and 9 great grandkids. A public memorial service will be announced for a future date.

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Jim and Linda Curtis
   Posted Thu May 16, 2019
Sylvia was a wonderful encouragement to both of us. We will miss her, but grateful she has a promotion.

Gary & Beth Wanberg
   Posted Sat May 18, 2019
Sylvia was a wonderful person, and an example of walking with Jesus. We were so blessed to have developed a relationship with Sylvia and Norm during our first year of marriage. Our thoughts an prayers are with the family. Please advise us of future services for Sylvia - Beth at 370-1188, Gary at 544-0208.

Judy Foss
   Posted Mon May 20, 2019
Mom! You finally did it. You made it to the other shore. You gave me a lot of gifts, one of which was the 7 years you spent in my home where we did a lot of sharing, growing gardens, traveling and ministry. One of the last gifts you gave was a growing sense of humor. You cracked up the nurses, your kids and anyone else you made laugh. That was special for sure. But the final gift you gave your children and grands is that you made yourself ready for eternity. It leaves us realizing we will see you again. Love you.


Marilynn Thomas-Hunt
   Posted Sat May 25, 2019
Sylvia Foss was the most passionate prayer-warrior we have ever known. She taught and encouraged all of us in our prayer life as well as all aspects of our spiritual journey. I can only imagine the celebration in Heaven when she arrived there. Well done thou good and faithful servant. Earth's loss is Heaven's gain.

Joy Grier
   Posted Mon July 08, 2019
Please note, there will be a memorial service for Sylvia on Saturday, July 13, at the Missoula Alliance Church at 11:00 a.m. Please bring a side dish to share.

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