On August 19, 1966 Vicky Denise Foster entered into this world as a joyful baby girl to Graham & Yvonne Foster. Born in New York; after her brother Duane was born, the family moved to Springfield Massachusetts. Vicky's parents divorced at an early age, and her mother Yvonne decided to move to Virginia so she could be closer to her family.\n\nAt an early age Vicky quickly learned the importance of education and responsibility. She naturally assisted her mother with maintaining the household and caring for her brother. Vicky's Grandmother, Mildred B. Tynes was instrumental in helping Vicky develop into a mature, smart young lady. \n\nWhen Vicky was 15 years old, she realized that she needed to work to financially help her single mother. Many of Vicky's qualities reflected the examples that she observed from watching her grandmother, and her mother's hard work ethics. Her determination to fight and move forward towards success, were fueled by fears and the realities of being a minority. Vicky grew up in a household without a lot of financial advantages. Over the years Vicky watched her Grandmother Tynes, help others in need which had a very profound effect on her life! Vicky's kindness and smile are also trademarks of her Grandmother, Mabel “Meme” Evans Handcock on her father's side of the family.\n\nVicky graduated in 1984 from Armstrong High School in Richmond VA. She was the Senior Class President and Class Valedictorian. She also was well known amongst school faculty and students. Her voice rang through the school PA system everyday during morning announcements at Armstrong High. Vicky's personal inner drive and ambition; motivated her to apply for college without any adult assistance. Vicky attended Virginia Tech, in Blacksburg VA. She participated in a work-study program to assist with college expenses. Vicky became a member of Theta Phi Chapter of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority on May 28, 1986. She remained close friends with her line sisters throughout the years. Vicky received her Bachelor of Science degree in the spring of 1989. \n \nAfter graduating from college, Vicky returned home briefly, got her own apartment and worked for the City of Richmond. She went on to live in Raleigh NC; Atlanta GA; and eventually settled in Charlotte NC remaining there for over 20 years. During that time, Vicky continued her pursuit of higher education and obtained a Master's Degree. She worked successfully as an (DBA) Database Analyst, and was able to have a successful life and career. Vicky had a passion for health and wellness! She became a fitness instructor, and developed many friendships over the years helping others to eat right, and take care of their bodies.\n \nIn April 2015 at the age of 48, Vicky gave birth to Nyla Victoria. Once again Vicky overcame obstacles having the responsibility of Motherhood as a single parent. The joy of Nyla is her greatest achievement and life long fulfillment! Vicky will truly be her Guardian Angel!\n\nIn 2018, Vicky was diagnosed with Stage 4 Lung Cancer. She was a “non-smoking” female and it was stated by her doctor's that she probably was affected by second hand smoke while growing up. Upon being diagnosed, through her Faith in God Vicky began to fight with words of Affirmation along with a Strong Commitment to live! Vicky was Victorious in her fight by overcoming statistical odds, living five years beyond her original diagnosis. During that time, Vicky also continued to raise her daughter Nyla, helping her to develop through various activates and groups. She also was employed by Deltek working remotely, while managing her cancer treatment schedule. In the midst of her battle; Vicky remained dedicated to exercise and became an advocate by being a National Spokesperson for the American Lung Association.\n \nVicky made a profound impact on the lives of many people. Her love for God, Family, and Friends, both near and far is a testimony that won't be forgotten. Her life, work, and legacy will continue to bless people for many years to come!\n\n*Please consider making a donation to the American Lung Association in Vicky's honor.\n\nAbout the American Lung Association\n\nThe American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through education, advocacy and research. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to champion clean air for all; to improve the quality of life for those with lung disease and their families; and to create a tobacco-free future. For more information about the American Lung Association, which has a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and is a Gold-Level GuideStar Member, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) \nor visit: Lung.org.\n\nYou can also read more about Vicky's story through these links:\n\n1). https://www.lung.org/lung-force/lung-force-heroes/vicky-f\n\n2). https://patch.com/north-carolina/charlotte/local-single-mother-endures-lung-cancer-marveled-her-village\n\nVicky is preceded in death by: Mildred Yvonne Foster (Mother); Graham Whitlock Foster (Father); Mildred Burger Tynes (Grandmother); Dr. Robert Tynes (Grandfather); Mabel Evans Handcock (Grandmother); Shawuana L. Lyttle (Niece); Edward F. Mimms, Jr. (Uncle); Clarence William Savage (Uncle); Tinea Joy Savage (Cousin); \n\nVicky is survived by: Nyla Victoria (Daughter)\nDuane Graham Foster (Brother); Tonya L. Foster (Sister-in-law); Faith Yvonne Foster (Niece); Jason Jones Jr. (Nephew); Jordan Jones (Nephew); James Ted Foster (Uncle); Joyce Peagler (Aunt); Joan Tynes Mimms (Aunt); Mia Frances Mimms & Kaesaan, Raymond, Milan (Cousins); Barbara Tynes Savage (Aunt); Vincent Clarence Savage (Cousin); Candace Savage & Jonathan (In-laws); Shane Elijah Otey (Cousin); and a host of other cousins, friends, co-workers, and extended Charlotte NC community family members that supported her.