Our beloved Mary Ella Glanton Forester passed away Saturday evening, November 11 2017, at her daughters home due to complications after surgery. Mary was born on January 8, 1932 in Dallas, Texas to Clydus Grisby Glanton and Pearl May Davis. Mary was born with a heart murmur. Her mother used this as a good excuse to spoil her rotten, forcing her older siblings to take shifts rocking her crib so she would not cry. Her Uncle's called her Sassy. She was raised in a large home in downtown Dallas, that her widowed mother converted to a boarding house, turning Mary into the resident dishwasher, which she hated. She did love riding the streetcar to school and Saturdays at Fair Park and White Rock Lake.
Mary graduated from Crozier Technical High School with a diploma and her cosmetologist's license. She started her career at Mr. Alfonso's Salon in the Adolphus Hotel where she crossed paths with the Andrews sisters and Miss Tallulah Bankhead. Mary used her first pay to purchase a horse that she trained to perform the quadrille, which is a form of horse and rider ballet. She went on to become a cosmetology instructor at TVCC and Barrows Beauty School in Tyler.
Mary converted to Catholicism in 1952 which began a great devotion to her faith. Since moving to Athens, she was a member of St. Edwards Catholic Church for 38 years where she served in the Altar Society, as President of the Women's Guild, longtime coordinator of the Gabriel Society and most recently as a Eucharistic Minister.
In 1955, she married Herbert Lynn Davis. After the marriage of twelve years ended, and a brief second marriage to Raymond W. Lutz, Mary took on the difficult task of raising her five daughters on her own. Mary worked tirelessly, but always kept a sense of fun and adventure for her girls. She was their girl scout leader, soccer coach, biggest fan, toughest taskmaster and greatest example of how to keep a great attitude in the most difficult circumstances.
In 1982, Mary married the love of her life, Sherman Forester. The two shared much love and happiness until his death in 1987. Since that time, Mary focused on her faith and family. She enjoyed the connections between history and family through her love of and research in genealogy. As a member of the Daniel McMahon Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, she held posts as Secretary and Regent. She was a devoted Pink Lady volunteer at East Texas Medical Center.
Mary was tremendously loving, kind and generous, sharing untold little kindnesses with family, friends and strangers. She also enjoyed being both onery and hard-headed. Mary was an accomplished amateur photographer, creating beautiful portraits of her daughters. She was, however, a horrible videographer, taking endless footage of everyone's knees. She was a voracious reader, especially enjoying histories and biographies. She was an informed and opinionated debater of politics. She loved playing games with family and friends. She taught two generations how to win at dominos. However, she was miserable at charades, because she thought whispering clues was legal. This was made more entertaining for all because Mary had tragically never learned how to whisper. She was quite often the bell of the ball in social situations. Above-all, Mary had an amazing sense of humor, intelligence and charm.
Mary was preceded in death by: her siblings, Bernice Rogers, James Glanton and Margie Kelly; her loving husband, Robert Sherman Forester; and her beautiful daughter, Candi Lund. She will be endlessly missed by: her daughters and sons-in-law, Lee Ann and Tom Clark, Jamie and Gary Jones, Tracie and Dale Huffman, Larry Lund, Robin and Richard Haynie; eighteen grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren; and many more extended family and friends.
A Rosary will be held at St. Edwards Catholic Church on Tuesday, November 21 at 7 PM, followed by a light meal in the church hall. Please plan on sharing your Mary stories. Mary will have a Catholic Funeral on Wednesday, November 22 at 10:30 AM.
Published on November 15, 2017