Ellen Marie Forrest

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Ellen Marie Forrest passed away on Sunday, June 14, 2009 at her residence in Vienna, Virginia. Loving wife of Lemuel Cooke Forrest; mother of David Andrew Forrest, Rebecca Lynn Mirenzi & Amy Marie Forrest; daughter of the late David T. Brooke & Julia Margaret Ruddle; grandmother of Angelina Louise Mirenzi; sister of Janet Elizabeth Tanner (Jesse) & Lois Brooke Mahoney (Rick); step-sister of Arthur R. Ruddle (Joan), Lee P. Ruddle, Bruce J. Ruddle (Sue) & Timothy R. Ruddle (Ann); & many nieces & nephews.

Funeral Home:

Money & King Funeral Home

171 W. Maple Ave.

Vienna, VA

US 22180

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Memories Timeline


  1. May you walk through eternity in with the sun on your face and cool waters at your feet. You are loved and you will be missed.

  2. I have so many fond memories of evenings at Tiny Tots with Ellen. She was always a great deal of fun to work with. She will be missed.

  3. We will miss Ellen. We loved her and cherish the times we shared with her. She was our Aunt and our Friend. Kelley, Brian and Seanie

  4. My daughter Jessica was at Tiny Tots with Ms. Forrest. She was always there in the morning with a smile and a hug for Jessica. She will be greatly missed.

  5. Ellen’s eyes were the most crystal blue eyes I had ever seen. As sparkling blue as the sun reflecting off the waters surface. Ellen was full of life, fun, and laughter. We often were the only two in the back when I went to the pool early. She in the smoking section, me the other side of the life guard. She always stopped to chat with any of us gathered there on her way to cool off in the water. Sometimes Ellen and Lem would be in the pool with Ellen’s arms around his neck. He would swim her around in the pool on his back. As far as I know, Ellen was at Vienna Woods Pool everyday she could be. I met her and Lem there almost 20 years ago. She lunched there, she brought dinner there. She enjoyed that pool probably more than any of us. And we enjoyed Ellen. On Labor Day, at 6:00 p.m., Brian would softly over the loud speaker say – “ELLEN ELLEN”. Ellen would hang her head and pretend to cry, or maybe she did cry. And the pool closed for the summer. It will not be the same without her. I will miss her very much. Lem, I am so sorry for your loss. The first sunday I saw you, you looked so sad. I did’nt see Ellen for all the people. I never knew she was sick. When I learned of her illness that day, I was stunned and did’nt know what to say. So I thought – I’ll go over and say hello next sunday, but it was too late. I am so very sorry. With Deepest Sympathy, Your Friend Laura Redding

  6. Lem, Becky, David and Amy – We are deeply saddened by the loss of your wife, Mother and a dear friend. Ellen touched many lives with her warmth, humor and goodness. With fond memories – – –

  7. The Forrest Family, We are very sorry for your loss. You are in our prayers, we know how hard it is to cope with a love ones passing, just remember Ellen is in a better place and at peace. Our mom and Ellen were very close, who knows maybe they will create a Tiny Tots in heaven. Our Condolences,

  8. Dear Forrest Family, May each of you find comfort in knowing that God is “near to those that are broken at heart; and those who are crushed in spirit he saves.” (Psalm 34;18) He has promised to soon “swallow up death forever…and wipe the tears from all faces.” (Isaiah 25;8) With deepest sympathy,

  9. Mrs. Forrest was a second Mother to me. I think I spent more time @ her house than I did at my own. I have laughed and cried over the past few days. Mr. and Mrs. Forrest are two of the kindest people one could ever meet. Mrs. Forrest use to believe everything I would tell her and then I would tell her I was just kidding….she would chase me around her house and we would all end up laughing. One of her favorite sayings “your crazy girl”….she will be forever missed!!

  10. Hey Ellen – Just think, you will never have to worry about another rainy day, if that was really thunder or how many days till the pool closes. I’m really going to miss you, girl, but I know you will be right back there with all of us, reigning in all your glory, working on that tan, as “Vienna Woods Queen of the Pool”! Love you, girl!

  11. I only knew Ellen from the pool, but to know Ellen at the pool, really, was to know Ellen. She loved Vienna Woods and the pool community loved her. Sometimes, when I’d take a weekday off in August and spend an afternoon at the Woods, I’d have a chance to spend some time alone (almost) with Ellen. Those were sweet afternoons. On weekends – forget it – she was always surrounded by her many fans. She will be missed. My thoughts and best wishes are with Lem and the family.

  12. To Lem and the Forrest Family, we are so sorry for your loss. Ellen was a wonderful person and she will be sorely missed. Although she is gone from your arms, she will be in your hearts forever. HER JOURNEY’S JUST BEGUN … Don’t think of her as gone away — Her journey’s just begun, life holds so many facets — this earth is only one … Just think of her as resting from the sorrows and the tears in a place of warmth and comfort where there are no days and years. Think how she must be wishing that we could know today, how nothing but our sadness can really pass away. And think of her as living in the hearts of those she touched … for nothing loved is ever lost — and she was loved so much.

  13. We will truly miss Ellen’s presence at the pool. We will think of her when the sun is shining and know she is keeping an eye on us all. With deepest sympathy to Lem and the family. Peggy & Bruce Ericksen June 17, 2009

  14. My deepest sympathy to Lem, David, Becky and Amy – to all your friends and family. “They shall mount up with wings like eagles;they shall run and not be weary;they shall walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31

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