In loving memory of Ellie Foster…

Ellie Foster

In loving memory of Ellie Foster

who died on April 27, 2011 in Santa Cruz, California. An activist, humanitarian, and dedicated advocate for peace and justice, Ellie was known and loved by many in and beyond the Santa Cruz community.

Ellie was a lifelong Quaker, pacifist, and peace activist. In the early 1960s, Herb and Ellie started the Santa Cruz Friends Meeting. In the 1980s, Ellie was the local director of Witness for Peace, and she was involved in direct nonviolent action in Nicaragua.

She participated in many other nonviolent activist movements, including serving as co-founder and member of the Santa Cruz Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) and as a member of the Salt and Pepper Shakers Affinity Group during the Lawrence Livermore anti-nuclear action in 1983. Most recently Ellie performed with the Raging Grannies.

Memorial services for Ellie Foster will be held Saturday May 28, 3p.m. at the Santa Cruz Quaker Meeting (225 Rooney St, Santa Cruz). A potluck will follow. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Resource Center for Nonviolence: (Memo- in memory of Ellie Foster) 515 Broadway, Santa Cruz, CA 95060; or American Friends Service Committee, 1501 Cherry St., Philadelphia, PA 19102 (or online as gift in honor of a loved one: Notes or cards may be sent c/o Herb Foster, 118 Myles Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060.

For more information: 831-423-1626

Photo by Takao Takahara, visiting scholar at Monterey Institute of International Studies from Japan, who interviewed the Fosters on March 22, 2011 in their home in Santa Cruz. Takao is researching the peace work of Earle and Akie Reynolds, also long-time Santa Cruz residents and Quaker peace activists.

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