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Scarlett Leah Foston was born and raised in Boston, MA on August 5, 1988, to Stephanie A. Briscoe of Boston, Ma and the late Morris Foston of Tuskegee, AL. Though they were Scarlett’s parents, if you knew anything about Scarlett, you know she was truly the child of her Nana, the late great, Gwendolyn P. Dickerson Briscoe who was a constant and reliable force in her granddaughter’s life until her departure from this world in June 2011.
Scarlett was truly a human full of sunshine. It was clear to all around her that she was gifted from an early age. She was a skilled vocalist, excelled in her academics, was the double Dutch queen of her heyday, and could slay any hairstyle on any texture of hair. Not only was she good at her passions, to those who knew her, Scarlett was a dependable and thoughtful family member and friend.
When she graduated from High School in 2007, Scarlett’s singing talents earned her a spot onstage, to sing for her fellow graduates and friends and their families. Scarlett awed the crowd, so it is no surprise that she went on to win a singing competition when she went to college at Mass Bay. Though known mainly for her voice and her phenomenal skills in cosmetology, Scarlett was just five classes shy of earning her BA in Liberal Arts from UMass Boston and was eager to return to school and complete this goal.
Of her many talents, Scarlett used all her gifts to serve others in the community and to put God first. She cherished each of the church families she had throughout her life, with a special love for True Holiness Church of Worcester, MA, led by Bishop Gregory Wilder, where she truly built a family to fellowship with in Christ and loved singing in the choir.
Growing up as an only child, Scarlett was surrounded by a host of cousins all around her. Though she was close with many of them, she truly cherished the relationship she was able to create when she learned that she had a brother and two sisters. The connection she forged with her siblings became the light of her life, and she confided in them and held them close. The relationship she had with her siblings and closest friends was something she deeply cherished, and this is what kept her going when times were tough.
Scarlett was predeceased by her grandmother, Gwendolyn. P. Dickerson-Briscoe, and her father, Morris Foston.
She leaves to mourn her mother, Stephanie A. Briscoe; siblings, Malaika Thomas, Ashley Harris, Morris Foston and his wife Colenita Race; her nephew Morris Foston; cousins, Mariah, Derek (and his children, DJ and Khalil), Mariel, Mercedes and her partner Sable, Charles, Gwendolyn, Martisse, and Christina; her uncle and aunts, Charles and his wife Patricia, and Hershey; godparents Sylvaine Lestrade and Revered Melvin Gilchrist; godchildren Derek Jr., Julianna, Harmony and Melody; best friends, Amnoni, Tracy, Stephanie, Ranita, Desean and Janera and a whole host of friends and family whom she loved dearly.