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God gives us no more than we can carry, and he lovingly lifted Sandra L. Forrest's burden on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010, and has taken her home.
Sandra was the only child of, and was preceded in death by, her parents, Mildred and Roy Maddox, of Kansas City, Mo.
Sandra was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who was cherished by her family and friends.
She is survived by her husband Peter C. Forrest; two daughters, Tracy Corbett and her two children, Shawn and Autumn, of the family home, and Whitney Beyer and her husband, Ray, and their daughters, Alyssa, Shelby and Kelsey, of Minot, N.D.; three sons, Christopher Berger and his wife, Brenda, and their three children, Colton, Josh and Sienna, of Raleigh, Miss., Phillip Berger and his wife, Mary Jane, of West Monroe, La., and Cole Forrest and his wife, Stephanie, and their children, Katelyn and Emily, of Alamogordo.
Sandra came to Alamogordo in 1963 and graced the community with her smile, cheerful personality and optimistic attitude. She accompanied her husband Peter to Alaska in 1982 and warmed the arctic north with her presence until she returned to Alamogordo in 1986 after her husband's retirement from the Air Force.
Back in Alamogordo, she threw herself into finding opportunities to make use of her skills and energy in the community. As a member of Immaculate Conception Church, she served the parish as a member of the fiesta committee and a manager of the Father Hay Thrift Store. She remained active as a Eucharistic minister at ICC until her physical condition no longer permitted participation.
Over the years, Sandy made many friends and touched the lives of countless others with her cheerful presence. When greeted and asked by someone how she was, her response was always a sunny, "Super. I'm just peachy!" She said it with a smile and mischievous twinkle in her green eyes.
Her pride and joy were her children and grandchildren. She loved and cherished each and every one, even if miles and her physical limitations separated them from her. She was a lover of animals, and supporter of human rights and environmental causes.
As a dedicated Democrat, she provided balance to her husband's Republican views that often resulted in humorous situations during elections. It wasn't unusual for opposing political signs to be displayed in the yard, leaving the mailman scratching his head and the neighbors bemused. Her children grew up and were encouraged by her to be independent in their views and thoughts. She succeeded and her children and husband are better for it.
Anyone who knew Sandy knew that she loved her pets and all manner of stray critters, putting their needs before her own without exception. Sandy forgot many things, but she never forgot to remind her husband to give the cats and dogs their snacks at bedtime. Sandy made sure a pet in her care was never skinny.
The family wishes to extend special thanks to all of Sandra's doctors, nurses and caregivers for their efforts. You gave Sandra precious time with us and for the support of her many friends. While our days may not be as bright without her, be assured that the next time we see her, everything will be "just super and peachy!"
A celebration sharing memories of Sandra's life will be hosted at the family home, located at 1305 Maple Ave., on Sunday, Feb. 14, 2010, at 1 p.m.
The Forrest family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Hamilton-O'Dell Funeral Home to direct the arrangements. Cremation has taken place locally at PCS.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Otero Cancer Center are encouraged by the family.
To sign the online register book, please visit www.webfh.com/hamiltonodell.com.
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Jan. 21 to Feb. 10, 2010
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