Benton County Funeral Home

306 N. 4th Street, Rogers, AR

Phone: 479-636-6700

Doris Ann Hayes Forbes

Rogers, AR

1919 - 2018

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Published: February 4, 2018

Doris Anna Hayes Forbes left this life to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and her beloved husband and children on January 24, 2018. Her devoted daughter and loving son-in-law were at her side as she passed gently into eternity. Doris was born on Friday, September 13th, 1919 in Williamstown, NJ to John Franklin and Rebecca Biggs Hayes. On December 5th, 1937 she married the love of her life Wayne Duff Forbes Sr. and they were married for 54 wonderful years, until Wayne's death in September 1991. Their union produced several children; twins Farley and Forrest Forbes in 1938 who were premature and did not survive, their oldest son, Wayne Duff Forbes, Jr. in 1939, who preceded Doris in death, a daughter, Daryl Anne "Angel" Forbes Shaw who survives, and her husband John Robert "J.R.", Shaw with whom Doris has made her home for the last 20 years, and a daughter Angela Diane Forbes in 1964, born prematurely, who did not survive. She has two grandsons by daughter Angel; Edward Wayne Freitag and wife Margo who reside in Poplarville, MS and Troy Robert Freitag-Shaw and wife Shelah who reside in Washington, PA. Her two great-grandchildren from Troy and Shelah are great-granddaughter Ashley Nicole Freitag-Shaw living in Washington, PA and great-grandson Christopher Wayne Freitag-Shaw living with grandparents Angel and J.R. Shaw in Rogers, AR. Doris was preceded in death by her parents and three siblings; Belford Hayes and wife Marie, Elma Hayes and husband Jim Van Ausdall, and Rebecca "Becky" Hayes and husband Tom Ogello. She is survived by her daughter Daryl "Angel", son-in-law J.R., grandsons Eddie (Margo) and Troy (Shelah), and great-grandchildren Ashley and Christopher, nephew Don Hayes and wife Linda of Tampa, FL, and Becky Ann (Ogello) Alise and husband Nick of Parkland, FL, several other nieces and nephews and many friends.

Doris was a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt and friend. She was Valedictorian of Knox High School, Class of 1937, and was the last remaining member of her class. She lived in many places including Williamstown and Ocean City, NJ, Knox, Albion and Washington, PA, Arabi, New Orleans and Mandeville, LA and finally Rogers, AR. She was a life-long member of the Methodist Church, having been a member of Napoleon Avenue UMC in New Orleans, FUMC in Covington, LA, Wrights UMC, Venetia, and FUMC Washington, PA, and finally FUMC Rogers, AR. She played the piano and sang alto in the choir all her life until her health prevented it. Doris was the Leader of Brownie and Girl Scout Troops for many years. She entered the work force late in life, having been a "stay at home" Mom, working in the film industry at National Cinema and National Screen Service for 20 years, retiring in 1984, and honored with a special "Doris Forbes" day at Disneyland! Doris had many animals and was a great animal lover all her life. Her life was spent doing for others, including sending cards and little gifts to lift their spirits, and when she was no longer able to do that she kept a prayer list and prayed for others daily. The light of her life were her grandsons and great-grandchildren that she helped raise for most of their lives. Even in the trials of her life, Doris had a wonderful sense of humor. Recently, when she needed the assistance of the Fire Department she remarked, "Tell them I'm young and beautiful and they'll get here faster!" Doris' smile could light up a room and her faith was a testament to others. She will be missed by many. The world is a darker place for her passing, but heaven is much brighter for her presence there.

A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at the First United Methodist Church of Rogers, AR February 10, 2018 at 11AM, officiating are Pastors Michael Mattox and Sandi Wanasek. In lieu of flowers a donation to the FUMC of Rogers, AR in Doris' name, for the choir, would be greatly appreciated and would have made her very happy. Arrangements by Benton County Funeral Home, 306 N. 4th, Rogers. Online Condolences to

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