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Judith Foster Liss

Obituary for Judith Foster Liss

November 6, 1942 - May 2, 2018
Readfield, Maine | Age 75


Judith Foster Liss, 75, went to be with the one true Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Wednesday, May 2, 2018. Born Judith Gail Foster in Louisville, KY on November 6, 1942, Judith was the oldest child of James William & Josephine Pharris Foster. Her father's Army career took the family around the world. She spent several formative years in Metz, France. She graduated from high school in Columbus, Georgia and later attended Georgia Women's College. At GWC, Judith was an active member of the Golden Slipper choral group and graduated with degrees in Art & Education. She worked as an art illustrator for Macmillan Publishing for a time after college.

On July 9, 1966, Judith married West Point graduate 2nd Lt. Melvin Oliver Liss at Rose Hill Baptist Church in Columbus, GA. Mel's Army career led to even more world travels, including several years in Italy and Germany. Judith was a very involved officer's wife and mother to their five children Melanie Anne, Julie, Ollie, Sterling, and Michael. While in Europe, Judith and Mel began caring for children as foster parents. They continued to be loving foster parents to dozens of children in the US following Mel's retirement from the Army.

Judith was an educator. She was certified to teach special ed, GT, & pre-K through high school. She taught at DOD schools in Europe, at St. Thomas Moore Catholic School in San Antonio, and in Harlandale ISD in San Antonio. She served as the GT coordinator, wrote curriculum, and developed testing for Harlandale ISD before eventually retiring as an administrator.

Judith was a water safety instructor for the American Red Cross all through college and many summers after college. She taught soldiers to swim at numerous military bases. She was a lifelong member of the Girl Scouts of America and spent many summers managing the waterfronts at various Girl Scout camps.

Her interests and talents were many and varied. In addition to education and children, Judith loved art, sewing, music, and theatre. She painted on commission for many years. She directed numerous plays and did costume and set designing. She was brilliant, creative, encouraging, and passionate. She enthusiastically encouraged her own children and all of the children she taught and fostered to follow their own interests and dreams. Daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, educator, artist, Judith was one of a kind and touched the lives of so many people all over the world.

Judith is preceded in death by her parents, brother James Foster, and her loving husband of 50 years Mel.

She is survived by her five children, grandchildren Austin, Emma, Gavin, Jake, & Luke, her brother John Foster and brother-in-law Charles Liss and their respective children. She will be greatly missed by those she left behind, but we rejoice in the knowledge that she has joined the Community of Saints.

Visitation will be held on Monday, May 21, 2018 from 5:00pm to 8:00 pm at Porter Loring Mortuary

A graveside service will be held at Ft. Sam Houston on Tuesday, May 22nd at 2:15pm.

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