S: live well, laugh often, love much 2011
BC: ! Cor 13:13 ... but the greatest of these is love.... the love shared between you will remain throughout eternity...
FC: live well, laugh often, love much | 2011
1: "Ben" John Benjamin Foster (August 9, 1977 - August 30, 2011) Ben lived his 34 years as a loving son, dedicated husband, devoted father, and a good friend to many. He was an avid sportsman who enjoyed racing, archery, hunting, camping, water sports, and softball. If it was outdoors, you can bet that he was there ready to play. One of Ben’s best attributes was his sense of humor which brought so many smiles and laughter to all who knew him. He had an immense love of life, which Ben shared with all. Ben and his wife, Celeste, were blessed with a second family of numerous friends who shared a deep connection of love and respect for one another. Surely, memories and countless stories will be retold for lifetimes to come.
2: The Rancher and the Cow by Roy Smith Way back when Ben was just a boy He and John gone to hunt the duck They came upon a rancher, and his cow The rancher said her calf was stuck Well the rancher was an old guy He appeared well past his prime He asked Ben if he could help If he could spare the time Of course Ben would love to help Just tell him what to do The rancher flashed a knowing smile And said, this will be good for you The instructions were all flying by A crash course in bovine care Ben said, “are you really sure I have to stick my hands in there?”
3: Ben learned to grab the feet And line the baby calf up right No wonder this cow needed help The channel was too tight In a swirl of well meant advice Ben pulled for all his worth Then to everyone’s amazement He and the cow had given birth The cow was happy, the calf was fine Everyone went on their way And young Ben told his dad I won’t soon forget this day The old rancher was so grateful He became a lifelong friend Here is just another story In the legend, that was Ben.
4: God Bless you and your family. ~ Sara Kofford Iverson Thinking of you sweetie, many prayers for you to find strength to get you through this. Much love to you and your family. ~ Nicole Elmore Suter My prayers are with you and the girls. I pray for you all ~ Marilyn Arnberg-Coates Thinking of you and your beautiful girls. I pray for you all ~ Jenelle Miller-Hoover | Scott and I are thinking of you and your girls. My heart breaks for you. ~ Michelle Ingle My thoughts and prayers are with you and the girls. ~ Lisa Mott Hands My heart is broken for you and you family Celeste. I am sooo very sorry. ~ Sheila Johnson Thinking of you and your girls...my love. ~ Erin Whipple
5: To Sam and Jessie: "A baby girl... one of the most beautiful miracles in life, one of the greatest joys we can ever know, and one of the reasons why there is a little extra sunshine, laughter and happiness in your world today." | "Being a parent means never having a minute... yet always making a moment." - Michael Nolan | We love you guys... ~ The laGranges Sending you big love, dear beautiful Celeste. I ache for you and am in prayer for you and the family. You are one stellar human being and I love you. ~ Jennifer Owens Brown You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers ~ Emily Coulter | My heart is aching for you all. I am so terribly sorry for your loss. You’re all in my prayers. ~ Damaris Shuck Williams I’m heart broken. Thoughts, prayers and all the love possible to you and your girls. ~ Tahnee Torres-King I am so sorry for your loss. You and your girls are in my thoughts. ~ Misty Kent-Bradford
6: "Don't count the years...count the memories." | Why does there have to be sadness and tragedy? My heart is aching for a childhood friend and their family today. Thinking of you and your girls, Celeste. ~ Tenise Jackson My prayers are with you and your girls. Words can’t express how sorry I am for your loss. ~ Mike Mauch Praying that the Lord would bring you peace only He can give you. Faithfully praying for you and your girls. ~ Jennifer Gamble I am so sorry. I am thinking of you and the girls. Stay strong. ~ Karie Vann | Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the girls. We are so sorry Celeste. ~ Danny and Michelle Gee Celeste, may God be with you and your family through this time. All of the family is in my thoughts and prayers. ~ Lisa Pinheiro I am so sad to hear this news and so very sorry for your family’s loss. This is so hard to believe. We will be praying for you and your girls. ~ Jenny Grenvik-Dodd My thoughts are with you. ~ Noelle Gulrich-Hanley
7: Please let me know if there is anything I can do Celeste...anything for you and your girls. ~ Jonathon Shinn Sending prayers for your family. ~ Jolene Taylor-Kelly Hugs to you and your family. ~ Erin Abold Much love to you and yours on this sad day. If there is something I can do to help, in any way, please let me know. ~ Jake Grenvik Thinking about you and yours. ~ Shane Prukop | Our hearts hurt for you and your girls. I’m so sad to hear this Celeste...sending our love and prayers. ~ Heather Ruelas Call me if you need ANYTHING. I’m here for your guys. I love you!! ~ Hanna Amaral You are in my prayers. ~ Autumn Newman Chisholm I am so sorry for you and your girls...thinking of you on this sad day. ~ Michelle Butler Thinking of you and your family Celeste. I’m so sorry for your loss. ~ Audra Neal | A little heaven on earth...
8: My thoughts and prayers are with you and your girls. So sorry to hear about your loss. ~ Jack Harris So sorry Celeste...been thinking about you guys nonstop. ~ Brent Miller Hey sweetheart...I hope you are holding up the best that you can. I am here for you if you need anything. I love you and you’re in my thoughts and prayers. ~ Sunny Harrison So sorry Celeste. I’m thinking of you and your girls. ~ Amy Lightle Hahn | It seems so inadequate to say I’m sorry on facebook, but I do want you to know that my heart hurts for you and your family. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. I may not be there, but if you need anything, I will do whatever it takes to help. ~ Debra Folz So sorry. Huge Hugs and prayers of peace. ~ Curtessa Martinez Thinking if you Celeste and your precious girls. ~ Amy Broce Cordova Celeste my heart is breaking for you and your family. My thoughts are prayers are with you all. ~ Misty Meyer Pewitt
9: So sorry Celeste. We are thinking of you and girls. ~ Shasta Odbert I am thinking of you all. You are in my prayers and I send you as much love and strength as humanly possible. I love you. ~ Courtney Weber Bozsik Sorry for your. Thinking of and praying for you and y our family. ~ Casey Awbrey Hey girl - wish I could take your pain away. Praying for you and your girls. ~ Randi Regennitter You and your girls are in our thoughts and prayers. We love you and Ben. ~ Billie Lorenzini Smith | I know we aren’t very close, but if you need anything, please let us know. My heart is with you and your family. ~ Shana Hampton Celeste and family...know that you have so many prayers for you all. You are such an amazing person like your mom and I know you will find the strength through God and your family to get through this. We love you all. Thoughts and prayers to Nancy and John too. ~ Dawn Atchley Can’t stop thinking about your family; many prayers for all of you. ~ Kim Wheeler Robustellini
10: Sending prayers to you and your girls. ~ April Cummings My heart hurts for you and your girls. I wish I could hold you. I am so sorry. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. I love you so much. ~ Amber Curran Can’t stop thinking about you guys. We love you so much. I’ll be there soon. ~ Lisa Gilbert To Lisa: So glad that you are able to come and give support. I know Celeste treasures your friendship. Be safe and pass on my love to Celste and her beautiful girls. ~ Amy Conroy | What to say? I’m sorry fits but there is so much more to it than that. I’m sorry I’ve lost touch over the years with you guys. My heart bleeds for you and your family. Please don’t be shy to get a hold of me for anything. I wish I had miracle words to heal it...please keep your head up. ~ Colton Griffin My heart is hurting so much. My thoughts and prayers are with my beautiful friend Celeste and her girls thru this time. Ben was a wonderful man who made EVERYONE laugh and was a big teddy bear... my dance partner. I love you Celeste. *hugs* ~ Amber Curran | Cherish The Ones You Love
11: I am so sorry Celeste. Anthony and I wanted you to know that we will be thinking about you and your girls. ~ Tanya Restad Can't stop thinking about YOU! Love you so much!!! ~ Amy Broce Cordova Our prayers are with you and your family. ~ James Moore Celeste I wish there were words to truly help take away your pain. You and the girls are in my thoughts and prayers. I'm always here if you need to talk, vent, cry. Lots of loves and big hugs to you all! ~ Renee Cunial | ” Come unto Me, all who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28 You will be missed sweet Ben. May you rest in peace and find comfort in our love. Our lives are richer for having known you. My love, strength and sympathy go out to Celeste Foster, your beautiful girls and all family and friends who were so fortunate to know Ben. ~ Courtney Weber Bozsik Celeste, we're so very sorry for your loss. Please know that you and your beautiful girls are in our thoughts and prayers. ~ Jenni Addy Engelbrecht So sorry for your loss, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family ~ Kelly Williams Guinane
12: “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9 The verse Ben kept closest to his heart.
13: Our thoughts are with you and your girls. ~ Jill Ripley I'm glad I got to hug you today but it wasn't enough. I want to hug you until all your pain is gone. Love you and the girls xoxo ~ Christina Rosa Scott and I are sending big hugs to you..I’m so sorry. I know you have so much support and help from so many but if you need anything, please let us know. ~ Michelle Ingle Love you... ~ Cielo Fox So sorry, Sweet Celeste. ~ Kayla Whipple | Oh my Celeste, I am so sorry... My thoughts and prayers are with you, your family and his. Stay strong. ~ Susan Miller You're all in my prayers and I'm holding you close to my heart. ~ Damaris Shuck Williams Celeste, I'm so sorry! I wish I can take away your pain! You and the girls hang in there, I know there isn't anything I can do for you if there was I would in a heartbeat!! ~ Charlotte Wilson I'm so sorry for your loss, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. ~ Kevin Lindley Celeste, we are so sorry to hear of your loss! My heart goes out to you and the girls--hang in there! ~ Mindy Bowmer
14: Truly can't find the right words to say, Celeste. So many people are hurting for you and your sweet girls. May you find peace in every kind word and know that you have and will continue to have support in everything that you do! ~ Abby McCormick Celeste, I'm so sorry for your loss. Please know you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers ~ Somer Porteous Celeste, sending so Much LOVE to you, Sam and Jessie!! ~ Krysta Baugh Sweet Celeste I love you! Please call if there is anything I can do! ~ Sarah Tucker Young | "God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble." Psalm 46:1 ~ Jennifer Gamble Thinking of you Celeste and sending lots of hugs and prayers to you and your family ~ Michelle Ingle Celeste .....don't know that there any words..... I am SO incredibly sorry for your loss! I am sending tremendous LOVE, warm thoughts, prayers, and comfort to you and your family!!!! Keep your head up and know you are surrounded by love angels, and your love Ben!! ~ Erica Ellingson
15: Prayers and thoughts with you and the girls. You guys are very special to us and we are so so sorry for your lose. ~ Katie Tenold Guenzler Oh, Celeste, I am so very sorry to hear about Ben. What a wonderful young man he was and how he did adore his family. I wish you comfort and peace. Trust that he will watch over you and the girls. ~ Judith Pavlik Oh Celeste, I'm sending prayers and love to you. Ben was the biggest teddybear I've ever met. My heart breaks for you and the girls. ~ Heather Claypole Grima | Hang in there Celeste I know you and the girls are strong. Love you and miss you Ben ~ Brian Hayes Celeste you and your girls are in Chris and my thoughts and prayers. We all loved Ben very much. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. ~ Candi Brooks Celeste,girls, and friends... You all are in our thoughts and prayers through this tragic time. ~ Marsha Bridwell-Hammon Sending you lots of thoughts and love. ~ Cara Sherman
16: I just want to let you know I am praying for you and your girls. I know that God provides the ultimate comfort that you need at this time, but I hope that it helps to know there are MANY people who are hurting with you and wishing there were some way to take the pain away. You are a special lady who is a great friend to my daughter and I am so sorry you are going through all of this. ~ Faith Claypole "I lift up my eyes to the mountains— where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth." Psalm 121:1-2 ~ Jennifer Gamble | when life hits hard, you have to breath deep! when no one seems to understand you have to pray from your soul, when you've cried so much your heart feels numb, its time to start forgiving life! engaging the process is something only time can heal. we may not understand today but god always reveals when we keep our faith even if we can't seem to find it ~ Jamie Avalos celeste im so sorry to hear about Ben, you and your family have been on my mind alot lately and I wish you and your girls the strength and faith to carry you through these terrible times ~ Alexis Pennucci Cote
17: Kids at heart... ~ Sandra | 1995 ?? ~ Courtney
18: Live well, laugh often, love much | when life hits hard, you have to breath deep! when no one seems to understand you have to pray from your soul, when you've cried so much your heart feels numb, its time to start forgiving life! engaging the process is something only time can heal. we may not understand today but god always reveals when we keep our faith even if we can't seem to find it ~ Jamie Avalos My heart goes out to you and your girls. I'm terribly sorry for your loss, what a tragic event. So glad to see you have a wonderful support system to help you through these dark times. Ben's spirit will always be remembered by all those he touched throughout his life. ~ Jennifer Lynn Hall Brooks | My heart goes out to my friends back home who are having a celebration of life today for Ben Foster, taken from this world far too soon. Celeste Foster, you and your little ones are in my prayers. ~ Kindell Charlene Kische-Lewis Dear Celeste, we have been thinking of you and the girls all week. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. If we can do anything please let us know. ~ Mary Wallis Freitas
19: How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You! | When you're weak, we'll be strong When you let go, we'll hold on. When you need to cry, we swear that we'll Be there to dry your eyes. When you feel lost and scared to death, Like you can't take one more step, Just take our hands, together we can do it, We're gonna love you through it!!!!! ~ Stephanie Casson | Celeste & girls, Our prayers, thoughts and our hearts are with you today... praying today is a day filled with beautiful memories of a great husband, father, son, friend... Matthew 11:28-30 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” ~ Clint & Abby Fraser
20: "He holds her hand,She holds his heart." | Celeste, you, Ben and the girls have been in my thoughts all week. I wish so much that I could be there today to show you my love and support. I hope you continue to find comfort in all your friends and family. I know you are in good hands. All my love, prayers and support to you and yours. ~ Debra Folz Celeste, WE were all humbled and in awe of YOUR strength and the depth of your character. We not only saw that clearly in you last night but so vividly in Samantha. You and Ben have raised an amazing young woman. I am prouder than I ever have been to call you my friend. ~ Beth Eakin | Attended the memorial for Ben tonight, it was great! I got lots of hugs from people and saw people I hadn't seen in a long time. Listening to all the stories of all his friends and family was great, funny guy Ben was. Celeste you looked absolutely amazing like always. Your a strong lady and I love you for that I will continue to pray for you girls and you also. ~ Michelle Ingle Crimson and Clover. I remember in high school we would pile into Ben's truck (was it red?) and head out to lunch. He would blast that song and sing along. That song always makes me think of him. Good one to add to your iPod! ~ Courtney Weber Bozsik
21: To the world you may be one person, but to me you are the world. | I'm humbled and in awe of Ben's amazing friends, the love and comfort u all showed me yesterday was truly amazing. Thank u for being a part of his celebration. As hard as yesterday was for me it was also an evening filled with the most love I have ever experienced. I'm so very proud an blessed to have been his wife and mother of his children. ~ Celeste Bless your heart, Celeste. You've all been on my mind so much and I wish I had been able to be there with you. Sending so much love and peace to you and your girls. ~ Damaris Shuck Williams | I'm happy you're getting lots of support, I wish I was with you to give you a big hug!! Next time I'm back home I want to get together!!! Hang in there, I'm here for you if you need anything!!! ~ Charlotte Wilson It was 1998 and we were all at yours and Bens first house in Montague for a New Years Eve party. As usual it was packed with lots of wonderful friends and Ben was having a blast. When the clock struck midnight Ben turned up his stereo as loud as he could and played the song by prince "Tonight were gonna party likes its 1999" When I looked up I could see Ben on the table shaken his booty and singing the song. Every time that song comes on the radio Ben is the only thing I ever think of. :) ~ Christina Rosa
22: I miss the past when we were young and could sit in your splatter paint room covered in foot and hand-prints. You have been the best sister and friend i could ever ask for, if there is anything at all i can do to help you get through the trials life has placed in front of you i will drop everything to do it. I am sure your are feeling distant and reclusive but if you ever need to talk i am here. Sending you all the love from the universe. I hope sleep finds you dreaming of a beautiful place, full of love and peace. I love you so much Celeste and am so blessed to have you in my life. ~ Emerald Rose Whipple This is one of my life verses: "For the eyes of the LORD move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His." 2 Chronicles 16:9 ~ Jennifer Gamble | I remember working Saturdays with Ben and playing "in door baseball" with a maul handle and a tape ball. There are still scars on the inside of the parts house. Look up next time you are there, that was us. ~ Kelly Eastlick Celeste it was a very nice service for Ben I wish I had, had the chance to meet him. I am very sorry for your loss. If you and your girls ever need anything please let us know. ~ Edward Coulter I've been leaning on your shoulder for years now (and not just in every photo we pose for)......just want you to know that you can always lean on mine too ~ Jessica Sobolik " Every tomorrow has two handles. We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety or by the handle of Faith." ~ Celeste Celeste you are such an inspiration! Your strength just amazes me. ~ Michelle Ingle
23: I remember when Damon was little and you were babysitting for me at the house. Ben taught Damon that when someone picked him up to hit them on top of the head and say "Bam Bam." He even taught Damon how to take their ball cap off if they were wearing one! Good thing Damon outgrew that one :) ~ Lisa Pinheiro Remember when he and Damon would speak "Chinese" to each other and crack up!!? Ben loved that kid! Thats when I knew he would be an amazing daddy! ~ Celeste I do remember that, it was hysterical! Although, every time we went for dinner at the Chinese restaurant, I was a bit nervous, not sure the waitress would be as amused as we all were! I also remember when you and Damon would go back and forth with "My Ben" "No My Ben." Lots of great memories. ~ Lisa | Hey lady. I just wanted to tell you that Ben was in my dream last night. I woke up and wanted to call you (don't have your number and I remembered the 3 hour time difference ;)). He was thinking up a game for us to play for later that night. He was smiling his big ol' smile when out of nowhere he says "I don't know why you're all worried, I really am ok." I'm sure you already know this, but I wanted to share with you because I like to think it really his way of coming through to reassure everyone he is doin' fine. ~ Courtney Weber Bozsik There's no doubt Ben is watchin' over us all. ~Lacey Williams My Darling Celeste, Eat, Pray and be gentle with yourself. Thinking of you. . . ~ Love Mom
24: When we were all visiting Tanja for her birthday in Monterey in 2002, we went down to the beach to swim. The undertow started pulling me out and it got to where I couldn't swim back to the shore. I wasn't very far away but I just couldn't go anywhere and I was getting scared but I didn't want to call anyone to help me because, as stupid as it sounds, I was 18 and too embarrassed to "make a scene". Ben saw me, and without a word, swam over, tucked me under his big arm and towed me back to the shallow water. We never talked about it but I have never been so grateful in my life. Not only did he help me when I was in trouble, he was also thoughtful enough to save my teenage ego by not teasing me about it. I always knew him as this big joker, teaser, this boisterous funny guy but I learned that day that he was also this amazingly kind, sensitive and intuitive person and I have never forgotten it for a minute. ~ Cousin Brie | Friendship isn't who you've known the longest but whom has never left your side. ~ Christina Rosa "The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong." I pray for strength in the Lord. ~ Celeste Celeste: You put your life into HIS hands and he will get you through this, that is his promise.. ~ Dawn Atchley Just had one of the hardest weekends. And Sooo blessed to have been surrounded by true friends to help get me through it. I LOVE u guys. Thanks for taking time out of your lives for me and my girls the past three days. ~ Celeste
25: This past month I have discovered so much about so many friends and family. Some of which I previously had underestimated their love and commitment to my family and have been blown away with all they have done for us. And I'm so grateful for that constant love and support. While others I now realize i have severely overestimated and feel such disappointment. People really show their true colors during the most difficult situations. ~ Celeste, 10/4/2011