Mary L. Forrest

September 09, 1925 ‒ January 26, 2016

Marion, Ohio

Mary L. Forrest, age 90 of Marion, passed away on Tuesday, January 26, 2016 at the Marion General Hospital.

She was born in Gallipolis, OH on September 9, 1925, to the late Virgil H. and Edith P. (Evans) Sisson. Mary was a graduate of Marion Harding High School in the class of 1943. In 1949, Mary married the love of her life, the late Lester A. Forrest, in Greensboro, KY.

Mary spent many years as a clerk for various companies and retired from Wal-Mart. She also was a member of Peace Community United Church of Christ.

Some of Mary’s favorite past times included quilting and playing bingo. She once was an avid bowler and got to travel all over the U.S. to compete. Mary also loved to travel with her husband. She and Lester often spent their winters together in Harlingen, TX. Most of all, Mary loved her family and time she spent with her children and grandchildren.

Left to cherish her memory are her children: Gale (Craig) Fletcher, Janet Harper, Larry (Cindy) Forrest, and Mary Lynn (Gary) Patrick all of Marion; grandchildren: Matthew Fletcher, Aimee Fletcher, Corey Fletcher, Tyler (Sarah) Fletcher all of Columbus, Regan Spitzer, Travis Lingo both of Marion, Arnie Forrest of Naples, FL, Toby Forrest of Washington, Ryan Forrest and Kelly (Brandon) Simmons both of Marion; great grandchildren: Amelia Fletcher, Gabriel Spitzer, Kaitlyn Forrest, Mary Evelyn Forrest, Jordan Forrest, and Kailyn Simmons; and brothers: Carl, Paul, and Ronald Sisson.

In addition to her husband and parents, Mary was preceded in death by a daughter, Dale Anna Forrest; sister, Garnetta Wilson; and brothers: Robert, James, John, Edward, and David Sisson.

Family will greet friends from 10 to 11 AM, on Friday, January 29, 2016, at the Gunder/Hall & Snyder Funeral Home. A service celebrating her life will follow at 11 AM with Celebrant Mark Schuring officiating. Burial will take place in Marion Cemetery.

If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Central Ohio Chapter, 1379 Dublin Road, Columbus, OH 43215.

The Gunder/Hall & Snyder Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Forrest family and you can express your condolences to them by visiting

  • Dear Gale, Janet, Mary and Larry, my heart is heavy with sadness tonight, Aunt Mary was a sweetheart and I loved her dearly. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers. I remember the times she made taffy and would have us kids pulling it for what seemed like hours, and what about when she made fudge that we ate with spoons like soup, it was so funny, she just laughed about it along with your dad. I always had a great time with them and you guys. She will be greatly missed. Please, if I can do anything just call. Love Linda

  • What I remember about Mrs. Forrest is what a wonderful friend and neighbor she was to our mother. She would stand in her backyard and talk with our mom ‘over the fence.’ She always had a smile on her face and was kind to our entire family. Sincere condolences, Patti and Jim Nishimoto

  • `My heart is filled with sadness, mary forrest was a beautiful person inside and out. I was proud to be a part of the sisson family,good people.

  • Aunt mary was the kindest person who loved life. My memories I will hold dear to my heart. She loved my momma Wilma sisson like a sister. She often called her sis. My momma will miss you dearly your friendship was amazing. Rest in peace and tell dad I love and miss him always until we meet again.

  • My condolences to all the Family. I have fond memories of Mary’s kindness, positive attitude and devotion to her family. She was a wonderful giving person.

  • Jan,
    So sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. If you need anything, please don’t hesitate to ask. Love to all, Julie