Published in The Washington Post on Mar. 22, 2018
ALLIE MAY SMOOT FOSTER
Allie May Smoot Foster passed away peacefully at home in Castleton, Virginia, on March 13,
2018 at the age of 94 years. Born January 11, 1924 in Washington, DC, Allie was the first
born child of Ernest and Martha Smoot and granddaughter of the Honorable Reed Smoot (R-
Utah) and Mrs. Alpha Mae Smoot.
Born and raised in the District, Allie always considered Washington, DC home. After
graduating from Woodrow Wilson High School in the summer of 1942, she was invited to
attend the prestigious Pratt Institute, located in Brooklyn, New York. She completed the Pratt
program in 1946 with focused studies in Book Illustration.
In 1947, Allie married West Point graduate Ivan "Van"Foster, Jr., son of Major General and
Mrs. Ivan L. Foster, in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. Allie and Van had three daughters, and
traveled extensively throughout the United States and Japan with the USAF.
Although their long term marriage ended, the two remained friends. Allie was part of the
Greatest generation. She saw many things during her long lifetime. She could vividly recall the
Great Depression, World War II, the Stage Door Canteen where she volunteered, and the
ticker tape parades in New York City on VE and VJ day. A devoted and proud mother,
grandmother and great-grandmother, Allie considered her family to be her greatest
accomplishment and she treasured each and every one of their achievements.
Preceded in death by her parents and two younger siblings.
Allie is survived by her three daughters, Barbara Foster May, Marilyn Foster Price (Walter)
and Marianne Foster Sodhi (Michael); nine grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
Services and a celebration of her long life will be held on March 24, 2018, beginning at 9 a.m.
at St Patrick's Orthodox Church in Bealeton, Virginia.
Interment immediately following at St. Patrick's church cemetery.
Family and friends will gather for reflection at the Price Farm in Castleton, Virginia.
Arrangements by Moser Funeral Home 233 Broadview Ave. Warrenton, VA 20186, 540-347-
Online condolences can be made at:moserfuneralhome.com
Moser Funeral Home
233 Broadview Avenue
Warrenton, VA 20186