Sister Elizabeth (Betty) Foos will be remembered for her gentle ways, kind attention to all and the selfless giving to others. She also was always ready for a new adventure or experience.
A Sister of Mercy for 74 years, Sister Betty was born in Fremont, Ohio. Following high school graduation, she entered the Sisters of Mercy in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1949. She made her perpetual vows in 1955. She graduated from Xavier University in Cincinnati with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. She served for over 40 years as an elementary school teacher in various parish schools in the Diocese of Toledo.
Her excellence in the classroom and love of young children was renown. Not only did she have the knack of making each child feel special, she also kept them captivated by fun, creative activities and lessons. On leaving the classroom, Sister Betty spent several years in ministry at Our Lady of the Pines Retreat Center in Fremont.
During her last five years, Sister Betty was a wonderful example through her silent suffering to the sisters and staff of St. Bernardine’s retirement center in Fremont, Ohio, where she lived. Although she was unable to communicate except for the occasional twinkle in her eye or faint smile during evening ice cream treats, she became a trusted confidant to sisters and staff knowing their concerns were safe with her and locked into her prayers.