Alice Forney

March 02, 1919 ‒ January 07, 2009

Marion and formerly Apple Valley, California

Alice Forney, age 89, of Marion and formerly of Apple Valley, California, died Wednesday evening, January 7, 2009, at Heartland of Marion following a short illness.

On March 2, 1919, Alice was born in Arnolds Park, Iowa, the daughter of the late Harry and Nellie (Collins) Allen.

After moving to Chicago, Illinois, Alice was working as a cocktail waitress at Mike Todd’s Lounge where she met John E. Forney, a handsome bellhop working across the street. Shortly after meeting and falling in love they were married on March 3, 1939. He was truly the love of her life and now they continue to share an eternal love. He preceded her in death on March 19, 1995, after 56 wonderful years of marriage.

Known for her distinct speaking voice, Alice would record local radio commercials and she is still known as “Alice of Beltone Hearing Aid Advertisements.”

Alice loved shopping, anywhere, any time. Always frugal, she especially loved going thrift store shopping, hunting for bargains.

An avid reader, Alice would read anything and everything she could get her hands on. This love of reading she shared with all of her children. Having lived in California for many years, she was active in the Jess Ranch reading club. Due to macular degeneration, Alice had to contend with a reading machine so she could continue with her passion of reading.

Alice and John E. served in the army through two wars and never spent more than one year at a base. She and John E. spent more than 25 years traveling the United States in their travel trailer, often for more than 5 months a year. With their love for traveling starting in the Army and furthered by the camping adventures, Alice went on several memorable trips after John’s death with her son Joseph including a two week trip to Sicily and a week in Alaska and trips to Hawaii and Washington D.C.

Alice will be missed by her two sons: John (Renee Blashinsky) Forney of Marion, and Joseph Forney of Hesperia, California; five grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren; a brother, John Allen.

In addition to her husband and parents, Alice was preceded in death by her daughter, Judith Ballenger; three sons: James Forney and infant twins; a grandson; two brothers and one sister, George and Darrell Allen, and Mary Lou Danner; and her infant sister, known as “Sis.”

Memorial services will be held at a later date at the Jess Ranch in Apple Valley, California, and the family will invite friends personally. Interment will follow in Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside, California.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Denzer-Farison-Hottinger & Snyder Funeral Home in Marion.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to any Braille Society, and they may sent to the funeral home at 360 E. Center St., Marion, Ohio 43302.

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