Mary Frances ‘Chick’ Ogden Foreman dies at 94: Christian educator served missionary stints in China, Korea

LOUISVILLE (PNS) Mary Frances “Chick” Ogden Foreman ― who bloomed where she was planted by the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) all over the world ― died at home in Black Mountain, N.C., Sept. 26 at age 94. A memorial service has been scheduled Oct. 5 with Christ Community Church of nearby Montreat, N.C.

Known affectionately throughout her life as “Chick,” She was born in Murfreesboro, Tenn. And raised in Knoxville, where her father was a professor at the University of Tennessee. After graduating from the University of Tennessee, Chick enrolled at the Presbyterian School of Christian Education in Richmond, Va., where she met and married Kenneth Joseph Foreman, Jr.

From service as director of Christian education at Asheville’s First Presbyterian Church on, Chick believed in “blooming where you are planted.” She was a bilingual author, pastor and seminary professor’s wife, missionary to China and Korea, mayor of the town of Montreat, youth group and women’s work group leader, historian and faithful member of the Montreat Church and devoted mother.

Everyone who knew Chick appreciated her gifts of an apt word, a listening ear, offering shelter from the storms of life, and sacrificing herself for others without hesitation.

She is survived by her husband of 69 years, the Rev. Kenneth Joseph Foreman Jr.; her daughter, Fran Fuller and son-in-law Fred Fuller; sons and daughters-in-law Sam and Jan Howard Foreman, and Joseph and Anne Clowney Foreman; 11 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.

by Jerry Van Marter