Lillian Forrest, 97, of East Street in Lee left this world on Friday to join her loved ones who have long awaited her arrival. She was born Jan. 17, 1921, in Jersey City, New Jersey, to Joseph and Elsie Baggot Abderhalden. She moved to Lee in 1924 and remained there throughout her life. She was the last original Abderhalden that started Abby & Sons Sand and Gravel and developed Abby Court in Lee. Living a hard farm life of the 1920s, work was an everyday way of life.
Lil graduated from Lee High School in 1940 and married her love, Elmer V. Forrest, in 1941. During World War II, she worked at the paper mills and a short time waitressing, and later at McClelland Drug Store in Lee to be the “Penny Candy Lady.” Through all, she was a mother first, caring for and defending her children until the end.
Lillian is predeceased by her husband and her five brothers: Joe, Link, Ed, Paul and Bill Abderhalden. She is survived by her daughter: Eileen Miller of Toronto, Canada; two sons: David Forrest and wife Mary Anne, and Leonard Forrest of Lee; three grandchildren: David and Kellie Forrest and Michael Miller; four great-grandchildren; and many friends.
On her request, there will be no calling hours. Following cremation, a spring burial and memorial service will be held. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Lillian’s memory to the Grace Episcopal Church or the Lee Fire Company in c/o the Kelly Funeral Home, 3 Main St., Lee, MA 01238. To send a donation, leave a message of condolence or share pictures, visit www.kellyfuneralhome.net.