JONESBORO, Ark. – The Jonesboro Fire Department (JFD) is mourning the loss of Mrs. Joyce Foster, a beloved supporter who had been a friend to the department for many years. Mrs. Foster’s generosity and unwavering support endeared her to the firefighters, making her an integral part of their lives.
In a post to social media, the JFD remembered Mrs. Foster’s thoughtfulness and compassion. From the early days when Station 2 was situated downtown on W. Washington, Mrs. Foster embraced the firefighters as her own. She often prepared home-cooked meals for them, knowing they would appreciate a warm and comforting meal after a long day of firefighting. Not only did she extend her kindness through delicious food, but she also made it a point to visit the station, engaging in conversations and building personal connections with the firefighters and their families.
Throughout the years, Mrs. Foster’s support extended beyond the fire station walls. She would even offer Christmas presents and gifts to celebrate the arrival of newborn babies among the JFD ranks. Her commitment to the department was further exemplified when the new fire station was inaugurated in 2009. At the firefighters’ request, Mrs. Foster had the honor of performing the ceremonial hose uncoupling, symbolizing her integral role within the JFD family. She treasured her gold “Station Mom” badge, a testament to her dedication and love for the firefighters.
As Mrs. Foster’s health declined, preventing her from visiting the station, she continued to warmly welcome visitors into her home, proudly displaying her cherished badge in a frame. It served as a reminder of the deep bond she had forged with the JFD and a symbol of her unwavering support.
Mrs. Joyce Foster’s impact on the JFD community cannot be overstated. Her kindness, compassion, and selflessness touched the lives of countless firefighters and their families. Her recent passing leaves a void in the hearts of those who were fortunate to know her.
Mrs. Foster passed away on May 25 in Jonesboro with her family by her side. Services are planned for Tuesday. The Fire Department Honor Guard, Pipes and Drums, and firefighters were honored to be asked to serve and to pay their respects and offer their final gratitude during her funeral services.