June Forbes | Obituaries | pantagraph.com
June 8, 1933 – September 1, 2022
COLFAX — June Forbes, 89 from Colfax. Our beloved June joined our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Thursday, September 1, 2022. She rejoices in his presence with her parents, Lowell and Gladys Jacobs; her brother, Robert Jacobs; his sister, Joyce Jacobs; and her dearest husband of 46 years, Harley Forbes.
June was born June 8, 1933 in her childhood home in rural Colfax. She married her high school sweetheart, Harley, on September 4, 1954. He predeceased her on January 19, 2001. The majority of their life was spent on the family farm. Harley and June had four children: Debra (Ray – deceased) Gamble of Kansas City, MO; Pamela (Alvin) Stone Krominga of Fairbury; Amy (Eric) Larson of Carlock; and Scott (Linda) Forbes of Bloomington. Harley and June are also blessed with nine grandchildren: Jason (Amy) Woodrey, Janice (Eddy) Cabuyaban, Jared (Alessa) Woodrey, Danielle (Martell) Cail, Dustin Larson, Melissa McClain, Natalie (Logan) Clarenson , Travis (Tiara) Dupin and Trevor Forbes. These grandchildren gave June seventeen great-grandchildren. Harley died before he had the privilege of meeting his great-grandchildren.
June cherished her family beyond measure. June and Harley gave unconditional love to many, not just their family. They taught their children and grandchildren the importance of giving and caring for the little ones, the lost and the lonely.
June graduated from Octavia High School and received her nursing degree from the Mennonite School of Nursing in Bloomington in 1954. She worked as a registered nurse in various positions before accepting her God-chosen position at the new Octavia Manor in 1971. She became director of nursing. and served in that position until his retirement in 1995. June honored and respected the many residents and staff of the “Mansion” throughout his years of service. The memories and friendships she made over the years have been invaluable to her.
Harley and June moved to Bloomington, IL, due to Harley’s failing health, although June’s heart and soul always remained on the farm. She lived within a quarter mile of her birthplace most of her life until moving to the Bloomington//Normal area.
June’s desire and love to serve others was evident in the many missions, Bible studies, prayer groups and church-affiliated organizations that she enthusiastically supported. June was a member of the Arrowsmith United Methodist Church. She also attended Colfax United Methodist Church, Bloomington // Normal Vineyard Fellowship, and Victory Church. She was faithful to serve her Lord and Saviour. She spread joy and laughter wherever the Holy Spirit led her.
A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, September 6, 2022, at Greenwood Cemetery, Arrowsmith, IL. Later that evening at 6:00 p.m. there will be a celebration of June’s life at Colfax United Methodist Church, Colfax, also on Tuesday, September 6, 2022.
Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Colfax is making arrangements.
Memorials can be addressed to The Salvation Army, Abundant Life in Christ Church or Home Sweet Home Ministries.
“The faithful love of the Lord never ends.” Lamentations 3:22 (New Living Translation)
An online guest book is available to leave condolences to the family at www.duffypilsmemorialhome.com.
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