Virginia Foster, 90, Was Interior Decorator, Nurse

Virginia (Ginny) Lloyd Foster died in Providence, R.I., on June 13. She was 90 years old.

Virginia was born in Hanover on July 26, 1915, the daughter of Annie Burkett and William A. Lloyd. Virginia was a graduate of the Beth Israel Nursing School in Boston. She was married to Dr. Sawyer Foster in 1937. Virginia and Sawyer raised four children, Sandra, Linda, Diane and David, all of whom survive them.

An avid painter all her life, Virginia studied art in Boston and later began a career in interior decorating. She started her own decorating firm in Wellesley and later joined Hilson Interiors of Brookline.

After her children completed college, Virginia returned to her first career, working as an emergency room nurse at the Leonard Morse Hospital in Natick, where her husband practiced cardiology.

The Fosters lived in Natick and Dover, and spent many summers at their house in Aquinnah on the Vineyard. Wherever she lived, Virginia was known for her beautiful gardens, her love of art and literature, and memorable parties.

The Fosters traveled widely. They especially enjoyed their trips to Italy and a grand trip through Europe and across the Alps, where they rode in a 1921 Rolls Royce as guests of the Rolls Royce Enthusiasts Club. Virginia and Sawyer retired first to Loudon, N.H., and then to East Falmouth, where they lived until Dr. Foster's death in 1988. A few years later, Ginny moved to the Village at Waterman Lake, a retirement community in Greenville, R.I., outside of Providence, where she lived until her death.

Her funeral service was held at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne on Thursday, June 15, at 3 p.m.

Donations may be made in Virginia's name to Home & Hospice Care of Rhode Island, 55 Bradford street, Suite 302, Providence, RI 02903 or the American Lung Association, P.O. Box 43, One Abbey Lane, Middleboro, MA 02346.

Arrangements are under the care of the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home in Falmouth.