Mary Carolyn Forbes

Edgar's picture

Mary Carolyn Forbes, 75, of Hobart, Oklahoma, passed away January 9, 2017. She was born in Carnegie, Oklahoma, on August 21, 1941, to Raymond and Pauline (Dooley) Dudgeon. The nickname "Jeepers" came later when her father decided she could go over chairs just like an Army jeep. It stayed with her for most of her life. Mary was the second oldest of thirteen children. She had eight brothers and four sisters. They moved to Cordell in 1950, and she graduated from high school there in 1959. For a couple of years after graduation, she moved from one paying job to another, and in 1962, she applied to join the Air Force. Mary spent twenty years in the military and retired in 1983. Her husband was retired military. They had purchased a forty acre farm in Arkansas, and she went back to school, to college this time. She was forty-two at that time and college was a lot harder than she had thought it would be. Mary took two and a half years of courses in Business Agriculture before shifting her major to Creative Writing, which she enjoyed and excelled at. She was going to school fulltime, working 32 hours each week, driving home 22 miles each day, and doing whatever needed to be done on the farm. Her son, Samuel Cullen, joined them in 1977. He was one of the greatest joys of her life. Mary and Samuel moved back to Cordell on New Year's Day, 1990. She has many nieces and nephews and more great nieces and nephews at this time, with several great-greats on the way. Family reunions were loud, noisy, and tiring because she normally did a lot of cooking. Mary liked to read, work with various crafts and play with her computer. She was an ardent feminist poet and had seventy-two unfinished, unpublished manuscripts. During her service career, she worked in Medical Administration and served tours in California, the Philippines, California again, South Carolina, Thailand, Illinois, and Arkansas. Mary is survived by one son, Samuel C. Forbes and wife, Julie of Hobart, Oklahoma; one granddaughter, Kristin Forbes of Hobart, Oklahoma; step-granddaughter, Jessica Funkhouser of Hobart, Oklahoma; four sisters, Viva Clothier and husband, Chuck of Clinton, Oklahoma, Enith Dudgeon of Childress, Texas, Mavis Cupp of Cordell, Oklahoma, and Betsy Ardry of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; six brothers, Terry Dudgeon and wife, Frieda of Cordell, Oklahoma, Larry Dudgeon and wife, Jodie of Alexandria, Oklahoma, Gary Dudgeon and wife, Shirley of Corn, Oklahoma, Johnny Dudgeon of Bessie, Oklahoma, Jeff Dudgeon and wife, Deadra of Cordell, Oklahoma, and Leroy Dudgeon and wife, Lisa of Weatherford, Oklahoma. She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Jim Dudgeon and Jerry Dudgeon; and one grandson, Samuel Aric Forbes (02/06/2004). A graveside service for Mary will be held at 1:00 p.m., Friday, January 20, 2017, at the Hobart Rose Cemetery in Hobart, Oklahoma. Rev. James Lankford will be officiating. Services are under the direction of Ray & Martha's Funeral Home, Hobart, Oklahoma.