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Shirley Foster 03/14/2024

Shirley Yarns Foster, age 96, died peacefully surrounded by her family on Thursday, March 14, 2024 in River Falls. She was born the daughter of Maurice and Carla (Petersen) Yarns on August 14, 1927 in Jackson, MN. Shirley grew up in Martell, WI and had many stories to tell about her happy childhood there despite growing up during the Depression. The family moved to Hudson, WI and she graduated from Hudson High School. Following high school, Shirley went to nursing school for two years at Mounds Midway. She met her husband, Jim Foster and married in 1948. They were later divorced but remained lifelong friends. They had four children and when the youngest was three, Shirley returned to nursing school at Hamline University as it was one of the few schools that allowed married women to study. Shirley later continued her education and became a nurse anesthetist.
She had an adventurous spirit and created many memories traveling with her family and friends.
Shirley is preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Vicki Jo; siblings, Violet, Dorothy, and George. She is survived by her sister, Idella Lombard; children, Joel, Mary (Nick Jadinak), and Michael (Florence); grandchildren, Rachel Sixberry, Ryan Fullmer, Jason Foster, David Foster, and Karen (Jonathan) Sampson; 13 great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.
A Memorial Service was held on Sunday, March 24, 2024 at 2:00PM at Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services (805 E Division Street) in River Falls with a visitation starting at 1:00PM. Interment will be in Martell Methodist Cemetery in Martell Township. Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services.

Click here to watch the recording of Shirley’s service.



  • Rose Walker Posted March 16, 2024 11:29 am

    Mary and family, sincerest condolences on the passing of your Mother. I always enjoyed seeing you and your Mother in the neighborhood.

  • Judie Posted March 16, 2024 5:11 pm

    Photo of Shirley, Jim and their children and first grandchild

  • Carl Posted March 19, 2024 3:14 pm

    I am so sorry for all that knew Shirley. She will be a loss in all our lives. My deepest condolences to the family.

  • Marlys Posted March 24, 2024 2:39 pm

    I sure will miss you and our wonderful vists

  • Diann Parrott Posted March 28, 2024 7:13 am

    Dear Mary and Family,
    I’m very sorry for your loss of Shirley. Although I didn’t know Shirley, your beautiful photo essay says it all. Shirley, a wonderful gift to this world, touching so many lives with joy and love. A true blessing.

  • Dianne Matejka Posted March 28, 2024 9:17 pm

    Rest In Peace Aunt Shirley. I will miss you always!

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