Long-Time District Court Clerk Laura Foster Dead at Age 83
Long-time district court clerk Laura Foster of Rector died Wednesday, March 22, 2017, at age 83.
A native of the Rector area, she spent two years as a member of the Rector Police Department before taking the job as court clerk. She served 28 years in that capacity, retiring on June 1, 2007, at the age of 73.
Foster was the wife of former Rector Chief of Police Kenneth Foster, and first worked as a clerk in the department. Later, she spent two years patrolling the school zones for the Rector Police Department, as a part-time officer.
When the clerk position became available she noted she "jumped at the chance." In the time which followed, she spent 15 years as clerk for Judge Guy Brinkley and another 13 for Judge Rick Rodery.
At the time of her retirement, she noted that during her career she had made connections with fellow employees, and also grew close to those called into court for other reasons.
"I have friends on both sides of the bench. Some of these folks are in here every month. I've gotten to know them pretty well over time. I always thought it was important for everyone to remember that even the people in trouble are still people," she said.
Funeral services were held Saturday, March 25, in the Irby Funeral Home Chapel, in Rector, with Bro. Kenny Burns officiating. Interment was in the Woodland Heights Cemetery in Rector. The complete obituary may be found in that section of this website.