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1923 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
BARBARA FORBES Barbara Lorraine McCall Forbes passed away May 11, 2017. She was born March 9, 1923, in Las Vegas, to Walter McCall and Wilma McDonald McCall. She graduated from Las Vegas High School and in 1942 married the love of her life, Ralph Forbes, also of Las Vegas. They had three children, Joyce Ann, Ralph Jr. and Donna Jean. Barbara worked during World War II at the Las Vegas Gunnery School, which later became Nellis Air Force Base. She was a member of Griffith Methodist Church, Las Vegas, where she taught third grade Sunday school for seven years. She was a member of Christ United Methodist Church, Salt Lake City, Utah, and Hope United Methodist Church, Rancho Bernardo, Calif., and was active in Circle at both congregations. Barbara was an accomplished pianist and seamstress. Cooking was her passion. She loved to ballroom dance and entered and won many USO dance contests during World War II. She never missed an episode of "Dancing With the Stars!" She and dad traveled to Europe for their 50th wedding anniversary and experienced the thrill of flying back to the USA on The Concorde. Barbara enjoyed her many trips with Donna to Vegas and La Jolla. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Joyce Ann; mother; father; brother, Walter A. McCall; son, Ralph Jr.; and husband, Ralph Sr. She is survived by her daughter, Donna Jean. My mother and I had an amazing bond that was forged by the weight of our shared grief and the joy of the times we spent together during the 19 years after dad and Ralph, Jr. died. She remained here on this Earth far longer than she really wanted to in order to be here for me. One of the last things she said to me was, "I don't want to leave you. It's not fair." Every night at the end of our nightly phone call we would tell each other to "have a good sleep" and "I love you." Those 19 years that we had together were truly a gift. I have wonderful memories to carry with me, and although recalling them is bittersweet, my gratitude is beyond measure. Viewing and visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Monday, May 15, at Starks Funeral Parlor, 3651 South 900 East. She will be laid to rest in her hometown of Las Vegas at 11 a.m. Friday, May 19, at Palm Memorial Park, 1325 N. Main St., Las Vegas, NV 89101. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the endowed Forbes Family Memorial Scholarship, Westminster College, Salt Lake City, Utah. Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.starksfuneral.com Barbara's wise counsel: "Enjoy life. Be good to yourself." My dear mother, my friend - God speed.
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