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Margo Foster

Horses were her passion

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POSTED September 30, 2009 2:10 a.m.
Margo Foster a 32-year resident of San Joaquin County, died Saturday, September 26, 2009.

Margo has been a long time friend of the San Joaquin Valley Rangers in Stockton, CA. During her tenure with the non-profit organization she has held many different board positions. Margo was the junior advisor during the years her children were young. She filled the entertainment chairman position, putting on some of the club’s largest events. Margo ran the kitchen and bar. She has also been the sunshine committee chairman. Margo ended her longstanding relationship with the San Joaquin Valley Rangers as the gymkhana chairman and board member.

Margo’s professional life has been as varied as the rest of her life. She graduated high school in the Bay Area in 1962 and immediately entered Beauty College.  There she graduated and started her career as a beautician. Margo married and left the workplace to start a family. Later in life she went to work at Loomis Armored Car Services until they closed. This is where she met her current husband George. Margo was one of the first employees of Two Guys Food and Fuel when it opened near her home in Lathrop. She finished her professional career as a Stockton Unified School Bus Driver. Margo drove bus for 12 school years. Driving bus was by far Margo’s favorite occupation. She retired two years ago due to health issues.

Margo was compulsive with her interests. She was a dog breeder and trainer in the early years. There was a period of her life where bingo was the thing. She played bingo every week from Chicken Ranch to Jackson. In the last 8 years The Sacramento Kings were her favorite past time, she watched them no matter what the outcome. She was an avid country western music follower. Trace Atkins remained at the top of the list. Margo’s real passion was her horses. Margo broke and trained 2 of her own horses. She was self taught through books and friendships with other equestrians. She made it possible for her children to ride horses and shared her passion with George. Margo rode western pleasure, calf penning, parades, and trail rides. She mentored numerous children and made riding horses a reality for them also.

Margo is survived by her husband of 31 years George Foster, three daughters, the oldest Shael Cortez of Manteca, the twins, Sandy Cefalu of Manteca, & Cathy Merican of Manteca, three stepsons Tony, Mark & Chris of NC, her mother Connie Puderbach of Lathrop, her brother Craig Puderbach of Riggins, ID, two nephews, 10 grandchildren, & 2 wayward cowgirls she picked up along the way. She was preceded in death by her youngest daughter Kelly in 1979.

Services will be held at P L Fry & Son 290 N Union Road, Manteca at 11 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 2. A tribute to Margo will be held at the San Joaquin Valley Rangers arena 1290 Shaw Road, Stockton, CA Saturday, Oct. 3, at 7 p.m.

An online guest book is available for condolences and special messages to the family at www.plfryandson.com.
Manteca (Calif.) Bulletin
Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2009
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