Patsy Nadean Wilkins Forrest, of Murfreesboro, Tenn., died Nov. 28, 2013 with family at her side.
She was born Sept. 4, 1936, in Marshall County, Ky., the oldest child of the late Howard Wilkins and and Dora Monhollen Wilkins.
A committed teacher and compassionate caregiver, Mrs. Forrest's life was dedicated to the nursing profession. She was a graduate of Brewers High School, Murray State University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
For many decades, Mrs. Forrest and her late husband, Thomas Forrest, were professors at Middle Tennessee State University. Prior to that, she taught at Vanderbilt University and Murray State University. She was a longtime member of First Baptist Church in Murfreesboro.
She kept close ties with relatives and friends in west Kentucky, Tennessee and Alabama, especially enjoying Wilkins family reunions, visits with childhood friends, and her granddaughters' activities. Ever a selfless person, Mrs. Forrest so often helped family and friends in times of need.
Besides her parents and husband, she is preceded in death by her brother Harold Wilkins and his wife, Martha; and nephew Kyle Wilkins.
Mrs. Forrest is survived by her beloved children and their spouses: Howard and Kelly Forrest, of San Juan Capistrano, Calif.; Anne and Tod Collier, of Madison, Ala., and granddaughters Margaret and Lucy Collier, who brought such joy to her life. She is also survived by three brothers and wives: Jim and Scotty Wilkins, of Dawsonville, Ga., Phillip and Suzanne Wilkins, and Gary and Angela Wilkins, all of Frankfort, Ky. Other survivors include her aunt Maxine Bohannon, of Benton, Ky., and many nieces, nephews, and cousins in several states.
Visitation was held Dec. 1 at Woodfin Memorial Chapel, located at 1488 Lascassas Pike in Murfreesboro.
Funeral services were held Dec. 2 at 11:30 a.m. at Woodfin Memorial Chapel, followed by burial at Evergreen Cemetery in Murfreesboro.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Patsy N. Forrest Scholarship for Exceptional Academic Achievement (checks payable to the MTSU Foundation, Office of Development, MTSU, P.O. Box 109, Murfreesboro, TN 37132) or First Baptist Church (200 East Main Street, Murfreesboro, TN 37130).
Expressions of sympathy are welcome at www.woodfinchapel.com.
Woodfin Memorial Chapel