Luanne Merrie Maxwell Foster | Passages

Born March 30, 1952, in Oroville, California. She and her family moved to the Philippines for two years, then to Hawaii, before settling in the Bay area. She graduated from Hayward High School of Hayward, CA, in 1970, and was chosen to be Miss Hayward Fire Prevention 1971. She then married in 1972 and had two children. After divorce in 1979, she and her children followed her mother and step-father, Mary and Roy Hillyer, to Orcas Island.

She soon met and fell in love with Wayne Foster who she shared the next 38 years of marriage with. Orcas Island was their home until January 2017 when they moved to Mount Vernon to be closer to family and healthcare specialists.

Luanne had a career of cleaning private residences while living on Orcas, some for more than 20 years.

Her health sent her to an early retirement as she had many struggles with diabetes. In December of 2017, she was diagnosed with Stage 4 Lung cancer. She remained positive and wanted to fight for more time with her family, so she chose to undergo chemotherapy treatment. After her first round of treatment, she passed away suddenly for unknown reasons on January 30, 2018, in Mount Vernon, WA.

She was an amazingly strong woman, and she will be forever loved and missed.

Luanne was preceded in death by her mother, Mary M Hillyer, her brother Richard E Maxwell, her grandson Nicholas C Laliberte and stepson Shane Foster all of Orcas Island. She is survived by her loving husband, Wayne Foster, son Jason Madeiros and his wife Sherri, her daughter Danielle Hamasaka and husband Martin, stepson Arden Foster, stepdaughter Bonita Foster, her grandchildren, Kaylee Morby and husband Zach, Ashley Madeiros, Kimberly Madeiros, Alisha and William Laliberte, Sophia and Emi Hamasaka, and her great-grandchildren Mackinzie and Ashlynn Morby as well as four stepgrandchildren and two step-great-grandchildren.

A Memorial service will be held at the American Legion, 793, Cresent Beach Drive, Eastsound WA, April 21, 2018, at 3 p.m.

Donations can be made in her memory to the American Diabetes Association,