February 10, 1948 - May 24, 2016

Nancy Foster - 1965 - Junior ~ Nancy Foster - 1966 - Sr. Portrait ~ Nancy Foster - recent

Nancy Foster Bechard with her grandchildren

Nancy Foster Bechard of Yakima passed away May 24, 2016, at "The Cottage in the Meadow" hospice center in Yakima with her husband and children by her side. Nancy was born February 10, 1948, in Richland to Donald and Marie Fastbender Foster.

Nancy attended Christ the King School and then graduated in 1966 from Richland's Columbia High School. She was involved with the Future Business Leaders of America and enjoyed spending time with her many girl friends and sporting events at school.

Her family was the most important thing in her life. She cherished spending time with her Mom and five older brothers. In 1967 Nancy married her high school sweetheart Michael Bechard and moved to Wenatchee where they started a family. In 1969 they moved to Yakima. Nancy worked in the retail grocery industry for many years as a meat wrapper/cutter, a smoked meat buyer for Associated Grocers, Sales and Marketing at Pederson Fryer Farms, and finished her career with United Sales and Marketing, finally retiring in 2006.

She then became involved at Holy Family Church as a member of the parish council and the Catholic Daughters of America. Nancy cherished all of her family, but especially her 6 grandchildren. She always had a place in her heart for those in need and took great pride in helping them unconditionally. During her time spent working with the Catholic Daughters, she enjoyed the close friendships with all the wonderful women. Nancy took great pride providing services to all the families in need at Holy Family Church, but especially the Holiday Bazaar and the Santa Breakfast held each holiday season.

When Nancy wasn't helping others in the community, she loved spending time at Mom and Dad's beautiful getaway at Lake Roosevelt, WA or relaxing near their pool watching her grandkids play. She thoroughly enjoyed spending time working on her poolside flower gardens at home.

Nancy is preceded in death by her father Donald, mother Marie and her brother Jim ('56).

Nancy is survived by her husband of 49 years Michael Bechard ('66); children Paul Bechard and Cindy Bechard Armstrong (Kenny); grandchildren Dylan, Daniell, Taylor, Anthony, Cody, and Catherine; her brothers Tom ('58), Ed ('60), Ronnie ('62), and Kenny ('64); as well as many beloved brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, and nephews.

Our family would like to take the opportunity to say a special "THANK YOU" to Cheri and all the people at Memorial Hospice Center of Yakima for taking special care of our wife and mother.

Mass of Christian burial was held on June 2, 2016, at Holy Family Church in Yakima, with burial at Calvary Cemetery.

This Guest Book will remain online until 6/28/16

Published in the Tri-City Herald on May 29, 2016.

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