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Forrester, Marilyn R.

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April 14, 1938 - January 14, 2015

Forrester, Marilyn R.

January 14, 2015 marks the death of beloved mother, grandmother, wife and sister Marilyn Russell Forrester. Born in Huntsville, TX, April 14, 1938. Marilyn graduated from R.L. Paschal High School in 1956 and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Texas Christian University, 1960. She taught art at S.S. Dillow Elementary School in Fort Worth. After her children were grown, she spent many hours in the Mountain View Community College art studios honing her artistic talents. Her volunteer service included Meals on Wheels, Stephen Ministry, various church committees, and the most rewarding ministry of organizing and preparing meals for those in need.

She was preceded in death by husband, Jimmy Lewis Forrester; her parents, John Roy and Maurice Taylor Russell; and her brothers, Robert Harold Russell and John Roy Russell, Jr.

Survivors include her children Lynn Forrester; John Lewis Forrester and wife Alexandra; Amy Forrester Tawil and husband Robbie; grandchildren John Bailey Tawil, Henry Jacob Tawil, and Mary Helene Tawil; as well as numerous nephews and nieces and great nephews and nieces.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, January 31, 2015, at 2:00 p.m., at Kessler Park United Methodist Church, 1215 Turner Ave., Dallas. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Children’s and Youth Ministry of Kessler Park United Methodist Church or the SPCA of Texas.

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Arrangements under the direction of:

Aria Funeral Home

10116 E. Northwest Highway

Dallas, TX 75238


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Todd Russell

January 28, 2015 1:50PM

We have certainly been blessed to have your Mother as our Aunt. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Billie Jones Keeton

January 26, 2015 1:52PM

Marilyn and I met in third grade,became friends and were close friends until she and Toad moved to Dallas. We stayed in touch with Christmas Cards and phone calls every once in awhile. I will always consider her my very good friend. Intelligent, beautiful and talented. Thank you for putting the write up in Star Telegram. Ours deepest condolence to her family. Billie & Jerry Keeton - Ft. Worth, TX

Anya & Jeff Lucas

January 18, 2015 10:19PM

We are very sorry for your loss and have been thinking of your entire family during this time. We love you guys!

Susan Mayer

January 18, 2015 7:57PM

Aunt Marilyn was a devoted Mom and wife and also a talented artist. I have great memories of the Forrester family gathering with her, especially in our younger years :) Rest in Peace Aunt Marilyn!

Judy Babb

January 18, 2015 3:12PM

my memories of Marilyn are many. She wss kind enough to share all three of her children with me. Each was special in tmhis/her own way. She allowed me to be a second mother, supported me and my decisions, laughed with me at some of their decisions. She is the mother all should hope to be. Love to you sll.

Robert Russell

January 17, 2015 8:27AM

A nephew could never ask for a more loving and wonderful Aunt. She will be greatly missed and I'll always have many fond memories of her.