Foil, Josephine Elizabeth “Bessie” Summer


Bessie Summer Foil.

Mont Amoena teacher of music 1896-1921.
Also known for painting porcelain china.

Birth: April 11, 1866, Coweta, GA
Death: February 11, 1931, Mount Pleasant, Cabarrus, NC

John C. Summer
Rebecca E. Bedenbaugh Summer

Spouse: Moses Alexander Foil (1962-1948)

Summer Edmund Foil (1902 – 1988)
Mary Elizabeth Foil Wallace (1903 – 1974)
Henry Harbaugh Foil (1907 – 1930)
Miriam Foil (1909 – 1997)

Saint James Reformed Cemetery
Mount Pleasant, Cabarrus County, North Carolina, USA

Source:, # 30565341.


The Concord Times (Concord, NC), September 13, 1900, p.3

Dr. M. A. Foil, of Mt. Pleasant, and Miss Bessie Summers, music teacher in Mont Amoena Seminary were married on last Thursday at the bride’s home in Georgia, and passed through here Friday on their way to Mt. Pleasant.


Greensboro Daily News (Greensboro, NC), February 13, 1931, p.5

Mrs. Josephine E. Foil Dies At Home At Mt. Pleasant
(Special to the Daily News)

Concord, Feb. 12 – mrs. Josephine Elizabeth Foil, wife of Dr. Moses Foil of Mt. Pleasant, died at 6:15 o’clock Wednesday afternoon at the home. She was 65 years old.

Funeral services were held at 3 o’clock this afternoon from Saint James Reformed church, Mt. Pleasant. Mrs. Foil is survived by her husband, Dr. Foil, and three children: Miss Miriam Foil, senior at Catawba college; Miss Elizabeth Foil of Mt. Pleasant; Summer Foil, of Mt. Pleasant; three sisters, Mrs. D. G. Bardin, of Live Oak, Fla.; Mrs Jack Cole, of Birmingham, Ala.; Mrs. Willard Goulding, of Tifton, Ga., and Mt. Pleasant; and two brothers, Rev. Ernest Summer of Oglethorpe, Ga., and R. H. Summer, of Jackson. Tenn.

Abstracts of the Lutheran Visitor, Dec. 22, 1898 – Oct. 31, 1902,

Dr. M. A. Foil of Mt. Pleasant NC married Miss Bessie Summer of Senoia GA on 9/6/1900 officiated by Rev. D. A. Sox, Lutheran Visitor 11/1/1900, page 11


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Comment by Elizabeth Deal, June 26, 2018.

Her daughter, Mary Elizabeth FOIL Wallace, was my piano teacher for years. I was about age 5 when “Miss Tibs” began coming to our home to teach my mother, Helen SEAFORD Herion and me piano. Before music became included in the public school curriculum, Miss Tibs taught piano at the elementary school in Mt. Pleasant. My memory is she offered a 30-minutes lesson for $.50. Many Mt. P boys and girls learned to play piano thanks to her. We had an end of year festive piano recital held at McAllister Elementary School in late spring—many performers, large audiences!! She had, in my opinion, a grand studio room in the Foil home across the street from the Reform Church. I had many piano lessons there for years until she married Mr. Wallace and moved to live in Concord. My love of piano music to this day is because of Miss Bessie and Miss Tibs.


The Charlotte News (Charlotte, NC), 13 Feb 1931, 6.