Victoria Foust Obituary (1944 – 2022) – Modesto, CA

Victoria Foust
April 15, 1944 – July 10, 2022
Modesto, California – Victoria (Vicki) Foust, known to friends and colleagues as Miss Vicki, passed away in the early afternoon of July 10, 2022. She was born on April 15, 1944 to loving parents John and Lorraine Masasso outside of Seattle, Washington, and had been a resident of Madera, Merced, and Modesto throughout her life.
Vicki attended El Capitan and Merced High Schools, and upon graduation immediately dedicated her life to nursing. Her career spanned over five decades including 39 years in service at Memorial Hospital of Modesto. It was at the beginning of her career at the former Scenic General Hospital of Modesto when she met the love of her life, Roger Lloyd Foust. After a long courtship that involved horses, custom motorcycles, and a legendary spaghetti dinner, they married in 1964. She was a loving mother to daughter Katharine and son Morgan, and devoted grandmother of Dana and Kyle.
In her teen years she learned horsemanship from her many equestrian friends, and into adulthood she spun that knowledge into a years-long passion for western riding and training with a particular love for the Appaloosa breed. With husband Roger and his family, she took part in the living history re-enactment of the 1820’s North American Fur Trade, with meticulous research and detail into every aspect of the clothing, equipment, housing, activities and lore of that era. They were members of the Long Rifles of the San Joaquin until Roger’s death in 1995.
In her later years she turned her passions to world travel and cruising. She enjoyed long weeks on the ocean and tours into New England, Canada, Alaska, England, Scotland, France, the Holy Land in Israel, and multiple stops in Italy, her family’s homeland. She would take trail ride excursions into the woods, walk around the Colosseum in the moonlight, and play with Italian shop cats. On a trip to Scotland, she famously toured several distilleries while everyone else was touring their churches. On a pilgrimage to the Vatican, she traded smiles with Pope Francis as he greeted the faithful of her group.
She never met a cat she didn’t like and loved her fruit trees, her roses, fantasy novels and sci-fi movies. Her kitchen was always well stocked with ice cream, popcorn and Diet Coke. She would doodle and draw and paint and laugh at cheesy B movies. For several years she’d be found in San Diego every third week in July, soaking in art, marveling at cosplay and hamming with famous sci-fi and fantasy creators. She professed an addiction to the Gallo Center for the Arts and until the last two years of her life never missed the theatrical release of a good superhero movie.
She is preceded in death by her husband Roger, and parents John and Lorraine Masasso. She is survived by her children Katharine (Todd) of Oakdale and Morgan (Lindsay) of Portland, Oregon, grandchildren Dana and Kyle, sister Hillary (Charles) Reyburn of Merced, brother Anthony (Mary) Masasso of Fontana, and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
Memorial service will be held on Friday, August 12, 2022, 11:00 AM, at Lakewood Funeral Home in Hughson, California, with reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in her name be considered for The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, the ASPCA or Humane Society, the Alexander Cohen Hospice, or Sutter Health’s Memorial Hospital Foundation.

Published by Modesto Bee on Aug. 7, 2022.

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