Miss Kathleen Mary Foster

Sheila Haywood.

Kay Foster was born at Burnside, Horton-in- Ribblesdale, into a family which could trace an unbroken connection with the parish to the Fosters of Brackenbottom in the mid 16th century. It was not surprising, therefore, that Kay was an enthusiastic founder member of the Settle Civic Society, later the North Craven Heritage Trust.

Kay loved people, and was interested in and concerned for everybody. She welcomed newcomers to the dale, and did her best to make them feel at home, and as distributor for Horton and Stainforth in the early days encouraged many to become involved with the trust and to find out more about their adopted home. When she retired from her work as matron at Aysgarth prep school, Kay built her bungalow, The Chestnuts, in Horton, and used the loft as storage for a fascinating collection of family documents and photographs, which formed the basis for much of the information now in the Horton history group archives.

Kay gave herself one hundred per cent to everything she did, and her enjoyment of life was truly infectious. Her sense of humour is legendary and even at the end, when she was not quite sure who we all were anymore, the ready smile and the appreciation of a joke were still there.

Kay died in Anley Nursing Home, where she had received loving care for two and a half years. She is buried at Horton, in full view of Penyghent, in the village which she loved so much and for which she did so much. Those of us who were privileged to know her will always feel that our lives were greatly enriched by her friendship.