Maud C. Foutch, a woman who experienced life for over a century, died Saturday evening, Jan. 8, 2011, at Otsego Manor. She was 105.
“I never expected to live this long,” she said at the time of her 103rd birthday. “No one I know about in my family has lived this long, so if it’s from a gene, it’s from a long time ago.”
Born at home in the Town of Middlefield on April 2, 1905, Maud was the daughter of Dewitt C. and Fannie (Willsey) Colman. Raised in Bowerstown, she went to a one-room school there and also attended school in Cooperstown.
As soon as she turned 18, she married Charles E. Foutch in Cooperstown on April 2, 1923. They moved to Oneonta where he worked as a repairman for train boilers and engines for the D&H Railroad. At first all they had was a room to live in on Chestnut Street, over the theater, but they later moved down the street to a larger place.
During the years, they prospered and eventually lived on upper Morgan Avenue. “I stayed at home. I was a housewife and I liked it,” she once remarked. She enjoyed their house on the hill with a view of the river and the railroad tracks, and kept busy crocheting and doing needlework.
Maud also enjoyed flower and vegetable gardening and, while she lived in Oneonta, was a member of the Elm Park United Methodist Church.
Following her husband’s death on Nov. 19, 1973, Maud moved to Bailey Road in Fly Creek, in order to be closer to her son and his family.
Even at the age of 100, she still lived by herself, with her canine companion, Foxy, and cooked her own meals and continued her love of gardening.
A member of the Fly Creek United Methodist Church, she spent her final years at Otsego Manor. Her time there was well spent, whether it was tending to her garden in the courtyard or keeping her room decorated with flowers, photographs of birds and butterflies and items from the out-of doors where she always liked to be.
Maud is survived by her daughter-in-law, Mrs. Alene Foutch of Fly Creek; three grandchildren, James R. Foutch and his wife, Joan of Fly Creek, John Foutch and his wife, Amy of Laurens, and Jeffrey Lee Foutch and his wife, Jamie of Fly Creek; four great-grandchildren, John William Foutch and his wife, Heather of Cooperstown, Jenilee Bolton and her husband, Michael of Edmeston, Charles Roger Foutch of Laurens, and Catherine Foutch of Vermont; three great-great-grandsons, Bryce James Bolton, Jack Wyatt Foutch and James Wayne Foutch; two stepgreat-grandchildren, Joyce and Jamie Carkees; and two stepgreatgreat- grandchildren, Mikael Carkees and Zepherina Carkees.
In addition to her husband, Maud was predeceased by their son, Charles Richard Foutch, who died May 18, 2006; an infant son, John Foutch; one greatgranddaughter, Jennifer Marie Foutch, who died April 2, 1981; and one brother, Howard B. Colman, who died in 1986.
Burial will be private at a later date in Lakewood Cemetery in Cooperstown.
Maud’s family wishes to express their sincere appreciation to everyone at Otsego Manor for the extraordinary care and kindness provided to Maud during her residency.
As an expression of this appreciation, the family suggests that those who wish may make memorial donations to the Winding Brook Activities Fund at Otsego Manor, 128 Phoenix Mills Cross Road, Cooperstown, NY 13326.
As an alternative, memorial donations may also be made to the Lakewood Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 538, Cooperstown, NY 13326.
Arrangements are under the guidance of the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown.
Published on  January 13, 2011