‘Dead’ woman has fun being alive
By 09/28/2000 00:00:00
Ellis County Press Managing Editor
FERRIS - Her death came as a shock to Frances Foster of Ferris.
'I came up on some people who were talking about someone having just passed away,' Foster told the Ellis County Press, 'and I realized that someone was me! I was surprised to find out I was dead'
Knowing Frances had been hospitalized for surgery on a bleeding ulcer a full month at Charlton Methodist Hospital, what else were her friends to think when they saw her name atop an obituary in a recent edition of the Ellis County Press.
Except the obituary was for an Ovilla woman of the same name.
'Not all Frances Fosters are dead,' she said with a smile. 'I'm very much alive.'
Foster, who has been having fun with her mistaken demise, sees several similarities and coincidences that allowed people to leap to the wrong conclusion.
For instance, she is 57 and used to live on Ovilla Road. The deceased Foster is 58. Both have five grandchildren.
What threw everyone off is the fact both Fosters were in the same hospital at the same time. 'No wonder they were getting my medicine wrong all the time,' Foster said as she read the obituary for the first time.
'Everybody in town thought I was dead. My girlfriend, Sandra, called me up and told me about it,' said Foster, who suffers from emphysema and gets around in a wheel chair. 'Knowing I wasn't in good health, I guess it made sense to them.'
Close friends know Francis was born in the Panama Canal Zone, not Dallas. Her mother died a month later, and her merchant marine father paid a nurse $50 to take 14-month-old Francis by ship to New Orleans and on her grandmother's home at Gordon, Texas, during World War II.
Francis has been having fun surprising friends. When Vickie answered the phone at the EZ Mart, she thought Francis' voice was one from the grave.