The Enterprise - - News - Emma Louise Al­lio Jerry D. Foster

Emma Louise Al­lio, born Septem­ber 24, 1931, peace­fully passed away on Oc­to­ber 22, 2018, at the age of 87.

Louise or “Lou” as many called her, was born in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina, and was raised in Wash­ing­ton, DC, by her beloved mother, El­iz­a­beth Col­lier and step-fa­ther, Ernst Col­lier. Louise grew into a beau­ti­ful young woman and had be­gun mod­el­ing when, at age 19, she met her hus­band, Den­nis Al­lio, who was serv­ing in the Air Force in Wash­ing­ton, DC.

Louise had a pas­sion for trav­el­ing and en­ter­tain­ing dur­ing the 25 years she and Den­nis spent over­seas dur­ing his ca­reer with the Army and Air Force Ex­change Ser­vice. Louise and Den­nis’ for­eign posts in­cluded Kais­er­slautern, Ger­many and Seoul, Korea. With their three chil­dren they trav­eled through­out Europe and South­east Asia, en­joy­ing lo­cal cui­sine and col­lect­ing art­work and an­tiques. Louise es­pe­cially en­joyed teach­ing con­ver­sa­tional English to many ador­ing stu­dents dur­ing her 10 years in Seoul, Korea.

Louise was a lov­ing wife, mother, grand­mother and great grand­mother who loved her fam­ily and “The Farm,” her home in Char­lotte Hall, MD. She was a sec­ond mother to many of her chil­dren’s friends. Louise was hap­pi­est when friends and fam­ily gath­ered at The Farm, es­pe­cially dur­ing the hol­i­days where her gift of dec­o­rat­ing was at its finest. Her pas­sion of mak­ing homemade breads, desserts, and Ital­ian fa­vorites made those fam­ily gath­er­ings mem­o­rable.

Louise loved her an­i­mals, en­joyed col­lect­ing cook­books and grow­ing fresh herbs and veg­eta­bles in her gar­den. One of Louise’s hob­bies was shop­ping the lo­cal an­tique stores. She could make the cheap­est lit­tle trin­ket look like an ex­pen­sive trea­sure. Her flo­ral ar­range­ments were one of kind, but she made them look ef­fort­less. Louise was a joy to be around, with her gift of gab and sense of hu­mor. She was a stranger to no one and of­fered ev­ery­one who crossed her path a sense of com­fort, love and true friend­ship.

Louise was pre­ceded in death by her beloved hus­band of 58 years, Den­nis An­thony Al­lio Sr.; her mother, El­iz­a­beth Col­lier; and her step-fa­ther, Ernst Col­lier.

She is sur­vived by her sons: Den­nis Al­lio Jr. and wife Gail Al­lio, of Chan­tilly, Vir­ginia; Joseph C. Al­lio and wife Jan Al­lio, of Park­ton, MD; and her daugh­ter, Lisa Wa­then and hus­band Frank Wa­then, of Dal­las, Texas; grand­chil­dren: Den­nis Al­lio III, of Chan­tilly, Vir­ginia; Ja­son Al­lio, of Re­ston, Vir­ginia; Christo­pher Al­lio, Lau­ren Al­lio, and An­gelina Al­lio,of San Diego, Cal­i­for­nia; Frank Wa­then III, Mered­ith Wa­then, and El­iz­a­beth Wa­then, of Houston, Texas; and great grand­chil­dren: Natalie Al­lio, of Chan­tilly, VA; Ty­lar and Sloane Al­lio, of Re­ston, Vir­ginia; and Ken­dall and Rea­gan Al­lio, of San Diego, Cal­i­for­nia.

Visi­ta­tion on Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 25, 4 p.m.-8 p.m. at Ruck Funeral Home, 1050 York Road, Tow­son, MD. Funeral Mass on Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 26, 12 p.m. at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, 18310 Mid­dle­ton Road, Park­ton, MD.

Jerry D. Foster, died peace­fully on Oc­to­ber 21, 2018 at Sun­rise Se­nior Liv­ing, Rich­mond, VA, af­ter a valiant fight with Parkin­son’s Dis­ease and its many side ef­fects. He was 73. He was born on Nov. 29, 1944, in Florence, Alabama, where he grad­u­ated from Cof­fee High School in 1962. In 1966, he grad­u­ated from Univer­sity of North Alabama, Florence, with ma­jors in Bi­ol­ogy and Mil­i­tary Sci­ence. He was com­mis­sioned into the U.S. Army on Au­gust 14, 1966 as an Ar­mor Of­fi­cer, He served two com­bat tours of duty in Viet­nam as an At­tack He­li­copter Pi­lot, from Jan. 1968 to Jan. 1969 and a sec­ond tour from Sept. 1971 to March 1973. He was a Se­nior Army Avi­a­tor and his ser­vice was rec­og­nized by his re­ceipt of two Bronze Star Medals, a Pur­ple Heart, six Mer­i­to­ri­ous Ser­vice Medals, 35 Air Medals, three Army Com­men­da­tion Medals, and oth­ers for his ser­vice. Fol­low­ing Viet­nam, he served two tours in Ger­many, two tours in the Pen­tagon, a year in Sinop, Turkey, and one year in Kwa­jalein Atoll, Marshall Is­lands, South Pa­cific. He re­tired in Au­gust 1992 as a Lieu­tenant Colonel, hav­ing served our coun­try for 26 years. He then was em­ployed by Synop­tics, Inc. a Ft. Lee, Vir­ginia con­trac­tor. In Au­gust 1999, he was em­ployed by the Fed­eral Civil Ser­vice and worked with the U.S. Navy as a Pro­gram Man­ager at Pax River, MD and re­tired in Nov. 2010.

He en­joyed be­ing with fam­ily and friends, flower gar­den­ing, and any­thing re­lated to “cars”: re­pair­ing, main­tain­ing, view­ing, and pe­rus­ing car mag­a­zines.

He is pre­ceded in death by his fa­ther, James Henry Foster Sr. He is sur­vived by his lov­ing wife of 25 years, Sharon Barkley Foster; his mother, Pauline Swin­ford Foster; his brother, James and sis­ter-in-law Glenda; his daugh­ters: Amy Clabough (Robert), Ash­ley Foster, Les­ley Foster (Scott Storey); stepchil­dren: John Simko (Cathy), Les­lie Cur­rle (Jonathan); nine grand­chil­dren: Made­line, Kelly, Phillip, Jack, Katalin, Al­li­son, Michael, Lucy and Finn.

A Me­mo­rial ser­vice will be held on Satur­day, Novem­ber 3, 11 a.m. at the West Chapel of Ben­nett Funeral Home, 11020 W. Broad St., Glen Allen, VA, with a re­cep­tion to fol­low. Fu­ture in­ter­ment will be in Ar­ling­ton Na­tional Ceme­tery.

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