The Ocean Pines Association and Star Charities volunteers who knew her best will honor the late Anna Foultz during a public remembrance on Thursday, Oct. 24.
Association President Doug Parks announced the ceremony during a Board meeting on Wednesday night.
Also during the meeting, the Board unanimously approved renaming of the Marlin Room in the Ocean Pines Community Center in honor of Foultz. She and her friends used the room for weekly bridge games.
“Anna will be sorely missed,” Parks said. “She was a very, very important person in the Ocean Pines community, and condolences go out to her and her family. We’ll celebrate her, not only by the remembrance of the dedication of that room, but just by remembering all the things that she did for Ocean Pines and Star Charities, and the other organizations that she was associated with.
“Many thanks to all the things that Anna did while she was with us,” Parks added.
Parks and a representative from Star Charities, the nonprofit Foultz and her late husband Carl founded, will dedicate the room at 3 p.m. on Oct. 24.
A remembrance ceremony will follow from 3-6 p.m. in the Assateague Room of the community center on 235 Ocean Parkway, to include a performance by the Delmarva Chorus and refreshments courtesy of Star Charities volunteers. Ocean Pines will supply a podium and a microphone for guests who wish to say a few words to honor Foultz.
Star Charities volunteers issued a statement about the event on Thursday:
“We are dealing with the sudden passing of our beloved leader and wanted to have a remembrance where we could accommodate the adoring fans of this local icon,” the statement said.
According to the statement, the Foultz will be interned at Arlington National Cemetery with Carl, a World War II veteran, based on her wishes.
“This could take months or even years until we get a date for this to take place,” the statement said. “It was said Anna’s last words were that she didn’t want a parade or a party ‘If I couldn’t be there.’ If you have the same belief that we do, Anna will be here working through each of us. She will be our guiding force in planning her final goodbye.”
Foultz passed away on Sunday, Sept. 22 at Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin. She was 93.
Born in Camden, New Jersey in 1926, Foultz moved to the area a little over three decades ago. She and Carl founded Star Charities in 2007 to give back to the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces. Carl passed away in 2010 at the age of 86.
Foultz was known in the community as a tireless advocate of nonprofit groups and charitable endeavors, especially the Girl Scouts, and she was reportedly the oldest active member of that organization.
Her memoir, “Two Steps Forward,” was published in 2017. She co-wrote the book with her daughter, Shirley Isbell, and donated much of the proceeds.
Foultz was active up until her last days. She took part in Ocean Pines’ National Night Out celebration in August, representing the Girl Scouts, and on Aug. 16 she presented a $1,500 donation to Achilles of Maryland at Veterans Memorial Park in Ocean Pines.
Star Charities recently announced they would host the annual “Holiday Gifts for Our Soldiers” drive one last time, to honor Foultz. Volunteers placed collection containers for the drive, which gathers nonperishable items for U.S. soldiers serving overseas, throughout Ocean Pines on Oct. 1. The collection runs through Oct. 31.
For more information about “Holiday Gifts for Our Soldiers,” contact Barb Peletier at 443-896-4914.