The Life of Malissa Jane Crow Foster

The following page begins a wonderful book done by aunts and cousins to remember my Great-Grandmother Malissa Jane Crow Foster.  I hope you enjoy it!  Mom Foster was certainly one of a kind!!

Special thanks goes to Joy Foster Swihart for permission to publish this book on my website and her valuable help in proofing it.   Also thanks to Robin Hodges for her help with proof reading and her support in getting this task completed. 

There are photos throughout the document and lots of them at the end of the story.  If there are any other photos out there that I don't have I would love to include them if you'll send them to me. 

And, please sign my guestbook if you like the story.  There's a link at the bottom of this page to my guestbook and also a link at the bottom of the story page.

Thanks for your interest!!

Rita Presley Baker

To go to the book click on the Next button

NOTE: 

Mom Foster loved to dance and she danced The Tennessee Waltz on her 100th birthday!!  And, The Tennessee Waltz is the first song I sang in public - for my Uncle Don Henson's high school class in Dale, Oklahoma.  I sang it with my brother, Skip.  Thus our background music on the site page is precious to us all.  It will only play through once so it won't bother you while you're reading. 

And I could not resist "Oklahoma" (my home state) for this page.

Following are the words to The Tennessee Waltz:

I was dancin' with my darlin to the Tennessee Waltz
When an old friend I happened to see.
I introduced him to my darlin' and while they were dancin'
My friend stole my sweetheart from me.


**I remember the night and the Tennessee Waltz
Now I know just how much I have lost
Yes, I lost my little darlin' the night they were playin'
That beautiful Tennessee Waltz.
*Now I wonder how a dance like the Tennessee Waltz
Could have broken my heart so complete
Well I couldn't blame my darlin', and who could help fallin'
In love with my darlin' so sweet.


*Well it must be the fault of the Tennessee Waltz
Wish I'd known just how much it would cost
But I didn't see it comin', it's all over but the cryin'
Blame it all on the Tennessee Waltz .
*She goes dancin' with the darkness to the Tennessee Waltz
And I feel like I'm falling apart
And it's stronger than drink and it's deeper than sorrow
This darkness she left in my heart.
**I remember the night and the Tennessee Waltz
Cause I know just how much I have lost
Yes I lost my little darlin' the night they were playin'
That beautiful Tennessee Waltz.