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Gloria Forbes

FORBES, Gloria - APRIL 14, 1947 - JANUARY 9, 2017 Gloria Diane Forbes (Helstein) was born April 14, 1947 to Francis and Eleanore Helstein in New Westminster, BC. They moved to the farm at Carrot River 3 years later with all their belongings packed into a 3 ton truck with Gloria and younger sister Gail. Gloria cherished her childhood on the farm. The two sisters were followed by a younger brother Terry. Gloria was a fun loving adventurous teen with many close lifelong friends who loved telling stories of their good times, speeding in the 59 Ford and gatherings at the shale. January 1, 1964 Gloria began the challenge of being a single parent when her beloved son Brent was born. In 1965 the family moved to Carrot River after Gloria's father Francis passed. Gloria then attended college in Saskatoon and worked in the bank in Carrot River and Arborfield. Roy Forbes managed to hang out in front of the bank and work up the nerve to ask for a date. He must have made a good impression because they were married on June 28, 1969 in Carrot River. They then headed to Thompson, Manitoba in 1969 where Roy was working in the mines and their first daughter Candace was born. Gloria then convinced Roy to return to her beloved family farm and Gaye was born in 1971. Gloria struggled with Crohn's disease since her late teens but between the many surgeries and flare ups she always had work to do on the farm and was always on "the GO". Gloria was a dedicated farmer for 46 years, grain and mixed animal farming. All of her animals were pets and she could tell you hours of stories about them. From her dairy cow Smoogie, old Bing, her great danes Tiger and Clyde or her Australian shepherd Ally and her cats Beeper all the way to Fuzzy. They calved a mixed beef herd for years to the point where the cows were 3rd and 4th generation of cows called Sweet Pea. When she was raising pigs even the old sow was named Crock. She had years of raising chickens and even hatched her own chicks. There were horses, rabbits, geese, pond gold fish and even a turkey. Gloria enjoyed growing a large garden and canning. Her colorful flower gardens included spring tulips, lilies, gladiolas, delphiniums and wild flowers. Gloria loved picking blue berries in her favorite secret spots. One summer we got a whopping 40 gallons out and only one incident with the old bear. But still 2 Christmas's ago she shocked the sales guy in Cabella's after chasing him down to inquire about bear repellent. As soon as the snow would fly that was the start of quilting season. She has years of fabric saved, pages and pages of patch designs and albums of completed quilts that were given to family and friends. Every quilted stich sewn with love. Friends and loved ones will always remember there was always a pot of coffee on and an open door. This winter Gloria was diagnosed with cancer which spread painfully to 5 areas and she passed on January 9, 2017. Gloria was predeceased by her parents Frances and Eleanore and her children Candace and Brent. Gloria is survived by her husband Roy, daughter Gaye, granddaughter Jade and daughter in law Sharyl. She also leaves sister Gail, brother Terry and many beloved nieces, nephews and their families, the extended families of cousins and all her close friends and many other friends that touched her life. The funeral service was held on January 14, 2017 at the Carrot River United Church with Reverend Jamie Bushell officiating. Gloria was laid to rest in Mabel Hill Cemetery. Memorial tributes may be made to Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of Canada. To send online condolences please visit The family placed their trust with COVENTRY FUNERAL SERVICES Nipawin, SK 306-862-4233.13141743
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