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Madelyn Townley Foster

August 21, 1950 — September 19, 2023


Madelyn Townley Foster


     Madelyn Townley Foster was born in Red Bluff, California in 1950 to Frank and Martha Townley,

     She grew up in Corning California with her parents and four brothers and graduated from Corning High School in 1968. Madelyn was a cheerleader and participated in many other activities while at Corning High.

     Following college, Madelyn trained as a radiology technician. She was a lifelong student of healthcare and medicine and managed a diagnostic radiology clinic in San Francisco for 14 years.

     Madelyn was an accomplished athlete. She was an expert skier, and an Advanced Underwater Dive Instructor and an excellent golfer, which was her first love in sports. Golf took her all over the world. Madelyn had four holes-in-one and was club champion at four different clubs. She was a member of Westwood Country Club, The Club at 3 Creek Ranch, Birnam Wood Golf Club, The Valley Club of Montecito, Quail West Golf & Country Club and Tara Iti in New Zealand.

     Madelyn was also a motor racing enthusiast and an expert driver of vintage racecars. She drove competitively for 14 years on many road tracks in Australia, Scotland, the United States and completed the Mille Miglia in Italy. Her knowledge of motor racing was deep, and she often introduced friends to the history of various races, cars, and drivers of the past. 

    In 1997, she met and married the love of her life, Gregg Foster.  For 24 years, they enjoyed homes in Rocky River (Ohio), Montecito (California, Jackson Hole (Wyoming) and Naples (Florida).  They traveled extensively, visiting every continent with their many friends. She and Gregg played golf all over the world.

    Madelyn made friends easily and everywhere. And she kept them forever. Her unfailing optimism and enthusiasm for life were infectious.  Her smile was the warmest and she was someone who woke up every morning and couldn’t wait for the day to begin.  Anyone who spent time with her invariably came away happy.  Her legacy was her constant smile.

    She is survived by her husband Gregg, her brother Tim and sister-in-law Hayley, brother Joe and sister-in-law Chris, and twin brother Donald and sister-in-law Lisa. Her oldest brother Frank Townley preceded her in 2014. She is loved by 8 nephews, a niece and 7 grandchildren.

    Please visit for details of her Celebrations of life in Montecito, California and Naples Florida.

    In Madelyn’s honor, the family suggests that donations be made to St. John’s Health Hospital Hospice care in Jackson Wyoming, and Vitas Hospice care in Naples Florida

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Celebration of Life

Saturday, October 21, 2023

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