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home : obituaries : local obituaries December 14, 2017

12/5/2017 12:55:00 PM
Thelma Mae Miller Forrest
March 13, 1921 - Dec. 2, 2017

Thelma Mae Miller Forrest passed away Dec. 2, 2017, due to a short illness.

She was born at home on March 13, 1921, in Indianapolis.

She graduated from Tech High School 1939. She married Max on Dec. 9, 1939, and continued to live and work in Indianapolis. She was a Girl Scout leader for 10 years, worked for L.S. Ayres department store as a salesperson and secretary for 20 years. After retiring she moved with her husband (Max) to Bradenton, Fla., where she volunteered at the animal shelter for several years. She loved working with the people at the shelter and working with all the cats and dogs brought to the shelter. She often took home dogs and/or cats that needed extra care or when the shelter ran out of room for all the animals. Sher enjoyed volunteering, walking the beach searching for shells and star fish with her now deceased brother. After Max died in February 1985, she continued to live in Florida until her brother (Robert Miller) died. She returned to the Indianapolis area in 2004 and lived in Cicero, moving recently to Sanders Glen in Westfield until her death. She was a member of the Noblesville Senior Center and attended almost every day. She loved playing dominos, euchre, bid euchre and bingo for fun both at the center and at the American Legion in Cicero. She volunteered her services at the center organizing the bazaar area for a while and sometimes as the bingo caller. She also enjoyed reading, working puzzles, working crossword puzzles and gardening when she could get out and walk and work in her yard.

She will be dearly missed by her family and friends for her loving, feisty stubborn personality and lately a roll of the eyes when she did not like your answer to a question.

Survivors include her daughter Dr. Carolyne Sue Forrest (Dr. Thomas) Neat of Elkhart; a son Michael Allen (Deanna) Forrest of Sterling Heights, Mich.; her grandchildren Dennis Raymond (Barbara) Neat of Ada, Mich., Dr. Linda Lee Neat of Indianapolis, Sharon (James) Loller of Joliet, Ill., Eric (Rebecca) Forrest of Westerville, Ohio, Cynthia (Paul) Willette of Sterling Heights, Mich., and Melanie Forrest of Downers Grove, Ill.; 12 great grandchildren; a friend, Kimberly Satterly who was like a granddaughter; nephew, Thomas R. Forrest (Rita); two great nieces Myra and Libby Miller and one great nephew Rod (Kim) Forrest Noblesville, and their three children.

She was preceded in death by her husband Max R. Forrest in February, 1985, her parents Albert and Goldie (Jones) Miller, her brother Robert (Josephine) Miller; her sister Genevieve (Jack) Bridwell; one niece and two nephews.

Friends and family are scheduled to gather from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, at Flanner and Buchanan-Hamilton Memorial Park, where the funeral service is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. Internment will follow the service at Washington Park East.

Memorial contributions in memory of Thelma Forrest may be made to Noblesville Senior Citizens Organization, Inc. 18336 Cumberland Road, Noblesville, IN 46060.

Please visit flannerbuchanan.com to sign the online guest register.

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