OBITUARY

Tommie Marie Forsythe

March 25, 1928June 11, 2018
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Tommie Marie Forsythe passed on June 11, 2018 in Lubbock, Texas. She was born on March 25, 1928 in Mission, Texas to the late Roy Olin Sr. and Martha Ellen Baker. She graduated from La Joya High School in La Joya, Texas in 1945 as Salutatorian. She attended University of Texas - Pan American College (then Edinburg Jr. College) in Edinburg, Texas. Tommie was a substitute teacher for La Joya High School for two years. Later on she enrolled into Brackenridge Hospital School of Nursing in Austin, Texas in 1947. In 1950, she graduated with her nursing degree as a RN. She married the love of her life, Ted H. Forsythe on April 16, 1954 in Austin, Texas. Tommie’s faith was important to her. She was a member of First Baptist Church. During this time she worked in the nursery for 23 years and was involved in the Downtown Bible Class. She was involved in many organizations. She was a past president of the Lubbock Garden Club, active in Girl Scouts, a member of AMA Alliance, TMA Alliance, LCG County Alliance and in the PTA for both LISD and Lubbock Christian School.

Tommie is preceded in death by her parents, brother Roy O Baker, Jr., first husband Capt. RR Davis USAF (Korea) and husband of 56 years, Ted H. Forsythe, MD.

Those left to cherish her memory are her daughters: Lisa Spearman of Pampa, TX, Laura Forsythe (Dewayne) of Justin, TX and Leigh Hogg (Steve) of Lamesa, TX; son Michael Ted Forsythe (Robin); 7 grandchildren: Amy Gamblin (Kyle), Duncan, Gage, Gracee, Reid Spearman (Kim), Rhett, Rogan, Ryan Spearman and Heidi Schwope all of Pampa, Andy Hogg (Katrina), Korbin, Ansleigh of Canton, KS, Matt Hogg (Amanda), Maddison, and Piper, all of O’Donnell, J.W. Gallion (Shelby), Raydn of Plainview and Petyon Forsythe of Lubbock.

Our family would like to thank all of mom’s caregivers: Sharla, Suzanne, Tommie and Mary, and all of the Hospice of Lubbock Staff who were so caring and loving to mom and to all of us. In lieu of flowers all memorials can be made to Hospice of Lubbock. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at 2 pm at First Baptist Church in the Ford Chapel. Online condolences and fond memories may be shared on our website at www.resthavenfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Resthaven Funeral Home & Memorial Park, Lubbock.

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  • FAMILY

  • Roy Olin Sr. and Martha Ellen Baker, Parents
  • Capt. RR Davis, 1st husband
  • Ted H. Forsythe, 2nd husband
  • Roy O. Baker, Jr., Brother
  • Michael Ted Forsythe (Robin), Son
  • Lisa Spearman, Laura Forsythe (Dewayne) and Leigh Hogg (Steve), Daughters
  • Amy Gamblin (Kyle), Duncan, Gage, Gracee, Reid Spearman (Kim), Rhett, Rogan, Ryan Spearman and Heidi Schwope, Andy Hogg (Katrina), Korbin, Ansleigh, Matt Hogg (Amanda), Maddison, Piper, J.W Gallion (Shelby), Raydn, and Petyon Forsythe, Grandchildren
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Kyle Gamblin
  • Reid Spearman
  • Ryan Spearman
  • Andy Hogg
  • Matt Hogg
  • J.W. Gallion

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Funeral Service Wednesday, June 13, 2018

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Officiating
REMEMBERING

Tommie Marie Forsythe

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Dawn Nivens

June 26, 2018

Well I just learned today from Laura that Tommie is in Heaven with God and loved ones,
I cry for sadness I will miss her but I shout for happiness too no more sickness she is having the time of her precious life!
I used to do Tommie’s nails for many years
She was one of the most dearest ladies ever
Heaven got an Angel
I’ll miss you my friend but keep you in my heart always much love
Dawn

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Biography

      Tommie Marie Forsythe was known as many things to many people. She was a loved one, a friend, and someone special. To family and friends who knew her best, Tommie will be remembered as a very exceptional person.

       She was born on March 25, 1928 in Mission, Texas and was the daughter of Roy Olin and Martha Ellen Baker, Sr.

      Tommie was raised with a brother, Roy Jr. Tommie was usually involved in all sorts of activities with her sibling. She and her sibling experienced rivalries typical of a growing family, but they shared many life experiences over the years.

      A typical teenager, Tommie had a fairly happy high school experience, making that critical transition from adolescence to adulthood. She graduated from La Joya Highs School in 1945. She enjoyed some classes more than others, having favorite subjects and teachers. Tommie was a substitute teacher for La Joya High School for two years.

      Tommie enjoyed her college years, which may have been a challenge with all of the academics, responsibilities, and the sudden freedom that accompanied them, but Tommie was able to manage the balancing act. She enrolled into Brackenridge Hospital School of Nursin in Austin, Texas in 1947. She also pursued graduate school, earning her nursing degree as a RN.

      On April 16, 1954 Tommie exchanged wedding vows with Ted H. Forsythe. Empathic and loyal, Tommie was committed to making her new family happy. Tommie worked hard to be a good mother to her children and she did her best to fulfill their needs. Tommie was blessed with four children, son, Michael and three daughters, Lisa, Laura and Leigh. Another blessing for Tommie was the gift of eighteen grandchildren, Amy, Duncan, Gage, Gracee, Reid, Rhett, Rogan, Ryan, Heidi, Andy, Korbin, Ansleigh, Matt, Maddison, Piper, J.W., Raydn and Petyon.

      Fortunately, Tommie enjoyed what she did for a living. Showing a strong work ethic, Tommie worked diligently and did her best to succeed in her career. Her primary occupation was medical as a RN. Tommie always sought to be a team player, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done.

      Throughout her life, Tommie was a doer and was always actively involved in professional and community organizations. Throughout her later years, Tommie was a past president of the Lubbock Garden Club, active in Girl Scouts, a member of AMA Alliance, TMA Alliance, LCG County Alliance and in the PTA for both LISD and Lubbock Christian School.

      Tommie’s faith was important to her. She was a member of First Baptist Church. During that time, she worked in the nursery for 23 years and was involved in the Downtown Bible Class.

      Tommie passed away on June 11, 2018 at her residence in Lubbock, Texas. She is survived by her daughters: Lisa Spearman, Laura Forsythe (Dewayne) and Leigh Hogg (Steve); son Michael Ted Forsythe (Robin); 7 grandchildren: Amy Gamblin (Kyle), Duncan, Gage, Gracee, Reid Spearman (Kim), Rhett, Rogan, Ryan Spearman and Heidi Schwope, Andy Hogg (Katrina), Korbin, Ansleigh, Matt Hogg (Amanda), Maddison, and Piper, J. W. Gallion (Shelby), Raydn and Petyon Forsythe. Services were held at First Baptist Church. Tommie was laid to rest in Resthaven Memorial Park in Lubbock, Texas.

      Simply stated, Tommie was a good and kind person, an individual who will for all time be remembered by her family and friends as being a caring and giving person, someone who was a vital part of their lives. Tommie leaves behind her a legacy of life-long friendships and many cherished memories. Everyone whose life she touched will always remember Tommie Marie Forsythe.