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Lacy Foster Paulette III


Lacy Foster Paulette III, 70, died March 24, 2018, at Kansas City Hospice House. A Celebration of Life open house will be held Saturday, March 31, 1-5 p.m. at the Laura Nelson Mansion, 515 Emmanuel Cleaver II Blvd, Kansas City, MO. Private inurnment at a later date. Born January 9, 1948 in Richmond, VA, Foster graduated from Albemarle County High School, Charlottesville, VA; attended Elon College, Elon, NC; graduated from Univ. of GA, Athens, GA, BA-Geography; Univ. of AZ, Tucson, AZ, MA-Urban Planning; UVa, Charlottesville, VA, MA-Landscape Architecture.  He served in the USAF during the Vietnam War. Foster was a middle-distance runner in college and competed in meets around the world while in the Air Force.  He was such an avid traveler, he found joy in creating itineraries for others so they could share his love of exploring the world.  He became quite accomplished at photography, always a camera at hand while traveling to capture cherished “long views.” He delighted in living in the Brookside neighborhood, giving back by serving on the Wornall-Majors House Museum Board.

Foster retired in 2011 from the City of Lee’s Summit, MO, as a Parks Superintendent, after playing a key role in developing of many signature parks and trails. Foster was preceded in death by his parents; Lacy Foster Paulette, Jr and Margaret (Gwaltney) Paulette. He is survived by wife, Judith; his children, Foster Rhea (Meredith Franks) of Merriam, KS, and Mary Carrington, Amherst, MA; his sister, Faith Hurley (John); nephew, Jordan; niece, Ellen (Nick Rizzuto) of Annandale, VA; Pam Morris (Timothy); nephews RJ Thompson and Colton Morris; niece, Amanda Dunkum (Chip); great-nephew, Camden; great-niece, Cali of Buckingham, VA.; step-nephews: Tyler Morris  (Michelle); Adam Morris (Lindsay).  He is also survived by step-daughter, Sara Harms (Jeff) step-grandchildren: Hannah, Graison, Hudson of KC, MO and former wife and mother of his children, Marion Paulette (Joe Cebula), Prairie Village, KS.





  1. Jim Chandler on March 29, 2018 at 5:35 pm

    Name correction.

  2. Jim Chandker on March 29, 2018 at 5:34 pm

    I served in the Air Force with Paulette in 1970-1973 and was a friend with him. He was always taking photographs around Okinawa and loved to run in track meets on the island. I understood that he ran track in college, at the Univ. of Georgia. I last saw him at an Air Force reunion with us a number of years ago in Maryland. We will miss him.

  3. Val & Brownie Brownrigg on March 29, 2018 at 3:45 pm

    So sorry , We didn’t know. What wonderful memories you have. May that help you as you move forward. You had more love and great memories in the last years than some have in a lifetime…Will be thinking of you and know your faith will help you though this sad time….Val & Brownie

  4. Butch/Corva Murphy on March 29, 2018 at 9:31 am

    Judith, We morn your loss of a terrific spouse and person. We were pleased to see he died in the care of the Hospice House whose mission is to reduce suffering and provide a good death. No one knows what the right words are for the suffering you endure when losing such a kind partner in life. Our thoughts are with you. Butch and Corva

  5. Kate Orr on March 28, 2018 at 9:26 pm

    Faith and Family:

    I am sorry for the loss of Foster. So young to have to say Good-bye. I hope that it is possible for you to take comfort in the life he led and the people that he impacted.

    Our best wishes and hope for comfort to come from the legacy he left behind.

    Kate Orr and Harry Dorsey

  6. Ken McGregor on March 28, 2018 at 5:50 pm

    I am so sorry for your tragic loss. I so enjoyed knowing Foster and with fond remberances will hold him and you of course in my heart. May you find the strength to carry on.

  7. Pete Williamson on March 28, 2018 at 5:18 pm

    Judy, I am so sorry to hear about Foster. My prayers are with you and the family. Have talked to Sam and am glad he will be there.

    Foster, I am going to miss seeing you at the next class gathering.

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