Patsy Allison Forrest

Born: Wednesday, February 6, 1935
Passed: Monday, March 5, 2018

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Patsy Allison Forrest, 83, of Rockford joined many of her beloved family in heaven on March 5th, 2018.

Born February 6th, 1935 in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas to Alma and Robert Allison. She attended school in Walnut Ridge.

She married Ray Forrest on June 28th, 1952 at St. Marys Catholic Church in Walnut Ridge, AR. They were married 54 years and raised their three children Victoria, Robert and Patricia in Rockford, IL.

Pat always missed her home and family in Arkansas and yearly summer vacations visiting always brought her great joy.

An avid reader and diligent family historian, she was a beacon of guidance, generosity and love, never failing to remind her grandchildren of their rich family history.

As a gifted writer, Pat wrote beautiful letters and authored meticulous journals on each of her six grandchildren.

Education was incredibly important to her and she was beyond proud that all of her grandchildren earned college degrees.

Pat's children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were her greatest happiness.

Known to the grandchildren as Nonnie and Poppie, Pat and Ray often had the grandchildren begging to stay overnight. They enjoyed giving the grandchildren all of their love and attention. Often a single overnight would last several days.

One of Nonnies' favorite quotes was by Oscar Hammerstein II
"A bell's not a bell 'til you ring it - A song's not a song 'til you sing it - Love in your heart wasn't put there to stay - Love isn't love 'til you give it away!"

Pat held a special place in her heart for her Aunt Eva Hyslop, Eva's son Harry, her nephew Ken Thompson, her niece Jill Hines, and her cousin Scott Allison who was more like a brother to Pat.

Survivors include her Daughter Victoria (Mark) Lundine and their children Katheryn Lundine, Sarah (Byron) Cann and Paul (Kristin) Lundine and her Daughter Patricia (Gary) Lightfoot and their children Cole (Fiancee Lindsey Dailey) and Seth Lightfoot. Survivors also include granddaughter Jessica Forrest-Johnson and great-granddaughters Faith and Ella Cann, Piper Forrest-Johnson, sister Peggy(Tim) Bates and many nieces and nephews.

Predeceased by her beloved husband Ray and son Robert Forrest. Parents Alma and Robert, brothers James Allison and Don Berry, and sister Joann Allison. Also predeceased by her great-grandchildren Madilyn Grace and Skylar Cann.

The family wishes to thank Northern Illinois Hospice for their care and compassion. Especially nurse Sue and Chaplain Jonathon.

Per Pats wishes there will be no services held. Arrangements by Fred C. Olson Funeral Home of Rockford and Bryant Funeral Home of Walnut Ridge, Arkansas. Interment in Lawrence County Memorial Park in Walnut Ridge.

Condolences & Shared Memories (6)

  1. Cole Lightfoot

    My Nonnie was the absolute best. She let me build forts using every blanket and every last piece of furniture available. These forts were massive and would often impede her ability to get through her own home easily. Instead of suggesting a thoroughfare for adults to use, she would embrace her imprisonment in the kitchen and bake peanut butter and Hersey kiss cookies for me, my brother, and cousins to eat. I learned how to climb trees at Nonnie's. I also learned how to get stuck in trees at Nonnie's and she learned how to rescue a boy from a tree. Nonnie's was a place where I was guaranteed candy. When I was done with what she gave me I would hunt for the true supply. I always found it no matter how creative she tried to get. She was so generous to her grandchildren. I changed a lightbulb once and walked away with $100. There are too many wonderful memories to recount but suffice it to say I was very lucky to have such a wonderful Nonnie and to get to spend as much time as I did with her. I will miss you dearly Nonnie and I hope you continue you to be "pleased" (vs. "proud"- She made a point to differentiate; pride being a sin and all) with myself and all of your grandchildren whom you have been such a positive influence on. I love you so much.

  2. Seth

    I will miss my Nonnie. She spoiled me rotten! I was her "main man". I love her so much.

  3. Kenny Thompson

    Aunt pat thank you for everything you did for Jill and I after our mother died so always said we would have a place to stay as long as you were living and u held true by taking me in again recently Jill and I love you dearly and will miss you. We both love you

  4. Relton Scott Allison

    My Pat, her brother James Howard Allison, her dad Robert was my world from my first memories I was three and she was nine took me under her wing and while mom and dad we're working the 80 acres of cotton and corn farm she stayed with my younger sister Linda and I, if any thing went wrong she would go get mom. She took me on my first and only train ride to Memphis we crossed the Mississippi River at night time Memphis was all lit up and uncle Howard Allison who was Firestone Rubber company's accountant, took us to fancy restruant. That was a magical moment in my life. And I have hundreds of memories of ( my Pat). Every summer from the time I was thirteen through the summer before my Senior year of high school I would work in cafes washing dishes, working in a box factory and at Scottys Mobil station on eleventh street which was my first year to date yankee girls and discovered that they were not damn Yankees but sweet heart girls. Gotta remember in the south during the 50's we didn't say Yankees humourisly called them dam-Yankees! Chuckle ROCKFORD made up a Hugh part of my growing up years and ( My Pat ) let me live with her every summer and cared for me just like she did in thb1940's ( the war years) I could go on and on with hundreds of stories of the Allison clan of Walnut Ridge and Fender community where we were raised. I'm going to miss our long phone conversations over the past 50 Year's but SIS I'll miss you most of all. I know where you are and have a hot line to you through prayer. You and your family were not my cousins and uncle Bob You were and are my beloved FAMILY. I'll see you again Sis in the not to distant future. “ For (in this life ) we see ( eternity ) darkly as through a darkly ( flawed ) mirror but on that day we know and be known as we are! Good By, until then. Relton Scott Allison and his wife Virginia along with Pat and my sister Linda are the best women I've ever known and reign supreme up with through our rough and the good years! To her beloved family each and every one of them know how my heart belongs to them!!!

  5. Gary

    What a wonderful mother in law! Thank you for accepting me as one of your own. Thank you for watching a “ball game “ when I knew you'd rather watch Bonanza. Thank you for being such a generous and loving “Nonnie “ to my boys. Thank you for raising the wonderful woman that became my wife. I love you and will miss you always.

  6. Vicki Peterson

    It was of great pleasure spending time with Patsy. She was so caring and appreciative of the services we provided her. She absolutely adored her grandchildren and was so proud of her family. I will remember her always for her wisdom, kindness, spirit of gratitude, and love for our Lord & Savior! Thank you to her family for sharing their "Nonnie" she will be missed.

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