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Sally Forbes

August 17, 1942 ~ June 1, 2019 (age 76)


It is with much regret to announce the passing of a beautiful woman, Sally Christine Eagle Forbes, on June 1, 2019. She was 76 years old. Born on August 17, 1942 to Yvette Dupuis Eagle and Harry Eagle in Berlin, NH, Sally spent her school years between Rochester and Berlin, graduating from Notre Dame High School in Berlin in 1960, where she was captain of the cheering squad through many of the Notre Dame hockey state championships. She married shortly after high school and had four children in a matter of 5 years. She was a very dedicated mother, and throughout her life, her children always came first.

Sally had a strong work ethic. She worked for years at Converse Rubber while also working as a waitress at the Town & Country Motor Inn in Shelburne. She later worked at the Androscoggin Valley Hospital as a medical transcriptionist. She took pride in walking nearly 3 miles to work and back everyday, often joking that that was the best way to enjoy a little peace and quiet in her day.

Like many in Berlin, everything was family first for Sally. Weekends were spent creating great memories with family and close friends while camping in the summers and skiing in the winters. Above all, Sally cherished spending time with those she loved.

Sally will always be remembered for her beauty, poise, personality, sense of humor, and warmth. These traits led to her being crowned Mrs. New Hampshire in 1981 at the Northeast Regional pageant in Atlantic City. Her title won her a trip to Las Vegas for the 1981 Mrs. America pageant. Although this made her and her family very happy and proud, it was her humbleness through it all that most of us will remember.

Sally moved from Berlin to the New Hampshire seacoast in 1982. She worked first as the Dining Room manager at the Ashworth by the Sea in Hampton, and then as an office manager at Portsmouth Regional Hospital (1982-85), and medical transcriptionist and office manager at Seacoast Plastic and Recogstructice Surgeons in Dover (1985-87). Sally married Douglas Forbes in 1984, and retired in 1997 to care for Doug when he fell ill.

Sally moved to Lakeland, Florida in 2004 shortly after Doug's death. She spent the last 15 years enjoying the Florida warmth and sunshine, reconnecting with many friends from her youth, and building strong and meaningful friendships with people in her community. Although she struggled at times not having family in Florida, she made up for it by being a gracious host to visitors and by holding some of the longest phone calls in history, which we will all miss immensely.

Sally passed peacefully at home after a few years of declining health. She was predeceased by her mother, Yvette Dupuis Premo; stepfather, Joseph Premo; father, Harry Eagle; precious grandparents, Florida and Armand Dupuis; husband, Douglas Forbes; and most recently the very difficult passing of her daughter Tammy Ross Gervais. Sally is survived by her son Kelly Ross and his companion of 32 years, Melody Baird of Wentworth, NH; son Barry Ross and his companion, Sharon Hoyt of Roseville, CA; daughter Wendy Ross Nalbandian and her husband Allen Nalbandian of Escondido, CA; son-in-law Rick Gervais of Manchester, NH; and beautiful sister Joan and her husband Joseph Landry of Barre, VT. Sally was also blessed with 3 amazing grandchildren, Alyssa Gervais of Manchester, and Dylan and Ross Nalbandian of Escondido, CA, and the close love of her nephew Mark Landry and wife Beth of RI, and their children Margaret and Stephen; niece Army Lt. Col. Christine Landry of TX, and niece Renee Landry of VT. Sally has many other cousins, nieces and nephews who she dearly loved. She will be forever missed by an infinite number of friends and family who cared for her deeply.

Per Sally's wishes, there will be no formal funeral services. A Memorial/ Celebration of life is being planned for this summer at her son Kelly's home in Wentworth, NH on Saturday, August 17th, which would have been Sally's 77th birthday.  For more information regarding details, feel free to e-mail at fenwaysox10@gmail.com

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Family to do services at later date

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