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Ardis Maurine Forgy

1921 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Ardis Maurine Forgy Obituary
January 30, 1921 - May 1, 2016 Ardis Maurine "Casey" Forgy, age 95, passed away peacefully on Sunday morning, May 1, 2016, in Los Angeles. She was born in Tahiti on January 30, 1921 to Henry Alma and Stella (Stoft) Merchant who were living in Tahiti performing missionary work for the Community of Christ. While still a young girl, her family returned to Omaha, Nebraska. After graduating from high school, she attended Graceland College in Lamoni, Iowa (now known as Graceland University), where she received an Associate's Degree. During the summer, she worked at resorts in Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, and Zion National Park where she was bestowed with the nickname Casey because of the many letters from Kansas City she received from a close friend. After Graceland, she returned to Omaha and then resumed her higher education, graduating from the University of Colorado, Boulder, with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. Her adventurous spirit then took her to San Francisco before taking a position with the State Department where she assisted with the post-war effort in Berlin. She then returned to Northern California and worked for several years as a technical editor for the Stanford Research Institute. A very independent woman ahead of her time, she lived with roommates in Palo Alto until one of them introduced her to Edward William Forgy, whom she married on July 1, 1956 in Berkley, California. The two of them lived for a while in Eugene, Oregon while Ed worked on his thesis (which Casey edited!), until they moved to Los Angeles in 1957. She continued her technical editing until the family grew with the arrival of her son James in 1961, and then Anne in 1964. In 1974 she went back to work for the State Employment Development Department. After her retirement, she kept busy with her friends from Church, classes at Santa Monica College's Emeritus College, and contributed to the Emeritus College newsletter writing articles and, you guessed it, editing. Casey was a warm and loving mother and wife. She had a sharp wit and told wonderful stories of her adventures. Her radiant smile brightened the lives of everyone who knew her. Casey is survived by her beloved husband of 60 years Ed, her two children James Edward Forgy and Anne Maureen Cricket Forgy Flores, and her grandchildren Madison Kacey Flores and Damien Jordan Flores. A memorial will be held at the Community of Christ in Gardena on Saturday, May 21, 2016. More information can be found at www.dignitymemorial.com.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on May 15, 2016
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