Eileen “Ike” (Pierce) Foust,
February 17, 1957 – August 29, 2021
Eileen “Ike” (Pierce) Foust, painter and wildlife artist died on August 29th, 2021, at the VA Professional medical Middle in Helena, Montana from complications of a rare neuromuscular sickness. Most knew her by the title “Ike,’ a nickname bestowed upon her by a high college artwork trainer. Ike is survived by her partner, Timothy Foust, daughter Shawna (Foust) Amidon, son’s Dedrick and Joshua Selensky. Also, survived by her mom Barbara Peters, and siblings Ronald (Susan) Pierce, Robert (Sue) Pierce, Randy (Laura Jean) Pierce, and Kathleen (Michael) Cashell, and numerous nieces and nephews Courtney Cashell, Katie and Sean Pierce, JR and Jesse Pierce, and Adam, Amber, and Tyler Pierce.
Eileen was born on February 17th, 1957, in Salem, Oregon to Barbara (Borden-Flynn) and Richard Pierce Jr., and was the eldest of six children. She grew up in Option, Montana and graduated from Anaconda High School in 1975. As a “Wild Boy or girl” of the 60’s and 70’s, she enjoyed riding horses, increasing farm animals, choosing chokecherries and gooseberries, beloved drawing, and adored canines, particularly Alaskan Malamutes.
Ike experienced a pure, instinctive, capacity for making artwork – she was self-taught. Her artistic gift came from a extensive line of ancestors, it was in her DNA. She perfected her artwork techniques over her life span, by expending numerous several hours painting and drawing. For the duration of her lifetime, she gained quite a few awards and artwork contests. When in superior college, she received an art award for her rendition of the “new” Fairmont Incredibly hot Springs Resort.
Soon after high university, she labored in oil area explorations as a Driller’s helper and DoodleBugger. At the age of 23, she professional a passionate “Casablanca” like love tale, when she achieved a rugged, tall man named Tim Foust, an oil Driller from Texas. It was like at very first sight. A single evening, right before turning for dwelling, the tall Texan walked throughout the parking lot, embraced the gorgeous, blue eyed, youthful blonde girl and sent ‘the kiss’ that commenced in their courtship. “Here is on the lookout at you child, I am going to see you when I come again from Texas,” he stated, just before driving his large rig into the location sunlight.
Eileen and Tim Foust were being married in Stephens, Texas in 1981, and not long ago celebrated their wedding anniversary on August 19th. By the time the oil increase of the eighties was over, she followed the footsteps of her brother, Richard Pierce III, and enlisted in the Navy. Ike was stationed in Chesapeake, Virginia. During her naval career, she won several accommodations awards from her commanding officers and squadron leaders. Following serving 4 decades, she was honorably discharged. Ike and Tim moved to Montana someday in 1993 and both of those enrolled in Montana Tech. Ike graduated with honors, with a diploma in Specialized Producing.
Montana is the place Ike’s heart was buried. She normally loved residing below. Her like affair with wildlife started in grade college and she under no circumstances wavered. Her witty ways and really like of mother nature have been often evident. Ike was like a fast, burning flame that lit up whenever she found someone to chat with about her art. In afterwards yrs, she grew to become an avid reader, and favored fantasy publications finest. She grew lovely bouquets, raised a vegetable garden, and even at times produced homemade chokecherry wine. A handful of months ago, Ike acquired Grand Winner and a Ideal of Demonstrate art awards at the Sheridan County Good.
In 2013, Ike and Tim moved from Texas to Silver Star, MT. where by she spent her final years as a self-employed wildlife artist. Her “Gorilla” painting identified its way into Jane Goodall’s life and her wildlife artwork graces the partitions of her siblings’ households. Ike’s paintings brought pleasure to all who had the satisfaction of viewing and her paintings identified appreciative audiences in Montana, Texas, Virginia, and over and above. Ike’s artwork life on with her relatives and can be seen on her FB web page.
Eileen, your existence was a gorgeous masterpiece in the generating – your present isn’t going to conclusion here…
Your family members and friends will never ever forget your real attractiveness and indelible spirit.
Relaxation In Peace, Sissy.
Eileen is preceded in dying by our brother, Richard Pierce III, Richard Pierce -father, and stepfather Dr. Bernard Peters, and stepson Chanc Foust.
In lieu of flowers, make sure you make donations to the Copper Village Artwork Museum in Anaconda, Montana.
On behalf of Pierce, Cashell and Foust People, a particular thank you to all the staff members at Tobacco Root Mountain Care Centre in Sheridan, MT and VA Healthcare Heart in Helena, MT and Easy Cremation Montana for all your kindness, loving treatment, and friendship you so freely gave to my sister. Cremation has taken area and a personal memorial will start later on.
Printed by The Montana Common on Sep. 5, 2021.