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Deborah Dianne Forrest

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Dianne Forrest, 61, of Powder Springs, GA, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, June 5, 2020 of a heart attack. Her Celebration of Life gathering will take place on Saturday, June 27 from 2pm-4pm at the Forrest family home. Please RSVP at the following: https://bit.ly/diannersvp. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the animal rescue FurKids Atlanta at: https://bit.ly/diannedonation. Instructions for a donation are included through the RSVP link. 

Dianne is survived by her husband, Howard Forrest; daughters, Jessica and Samantha Forrest; brothers, Walter, Michael, Kenny, and Buzzy Butler, and David Morris; sisters, Dixie Butler and Karen Morris; along with all of their families, including Aunts, Uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins. She is preceded in death by her parents, William Butler and Christine Moran. 

Dianne Forrest was born in Atlanta, GA on December 31, 1958 and grew up in Georgia and Arkansas. Dianne served her country as a Clinical Specialist in the U.S. Army, caring for amputee servicemen and women, at facilities in Texas, Colorado, and at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington DC.

Dianne met her husband Howard on a blind date arranged by Dianne’s niece, Julie Edwards, in September 1982. They became inseparable and were married May 4, 1985. They built a business, their home of 30+ years, and a beautiful family. They were blessed with two daughters, Jessica and Samantha, and 7 dogs over the past 35 years. 

Family was everything to Dianne. She loved her family unconditionally. She often shared how proud she was of her husband’s achievements, from a great golf game, to his next woodworking project, and the things he does for his family, along with her daughters’ accomplishments. Samantha would often bring her yellow roses, which always brought a smile to her face. Jessica would bring the best music playlist to brighten her day. Dianne and the girls would dance and sing loudly and off-key, much to the chagrin of their husband and father. She enjoyed life with Howard and was so happy to go out on movie and dinner dates and just folding laundry together. She loved their life. 

Dianne had the biggest heart, literally and figuratively, for others. Her compassion and love for others meant she never met a stranger. Everyone she met was impacted by her beautiful smile and heart. Dianne’s friend and doctor said that she was a beautiful ray of sunshine, and she was to everyone. She cared deeply about praying and supporting others. 

Dianne had an unshakeable faith in Jesus. She would spend hours in His Word. She hungered to know her Savior and to always point others to Him. Her faith was instrumental in shaping her daughters’ relationship with Jesus. She had the most beautiful prayer life, thanking God for all of His blessings and bringing her struggles and others to Him. 

“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NIV)

Outside of her family, friends, and faith, Dianne’s biggest passion in life was animals. She would stop for all woodland creatures and even rescued a few beavers! She loved the deer and turkeys that frequented the family’s yard. She loved whistling to the birds and sometimes they’d even whistle back, much to the annoyance of her husband. She would turn to absolute mush when the ASPCA commercials would come on. She loved dogs and they loved her. The family has had 7 dogs over the years. She was preceded in death by Hannibal, Hawkeye, Luke Skywalker, Abby, and Hunter. She is survived by Bud and Oliver. 

Dianne will be dearly missed by her family and friends. We know she is in the arms of her Savior and we will see her again. 

“She knows eternal love has proven faithful, and she is forever grateful for the smallest prayers that have been answered.” All Along You Were Blooming – Morgan Harper Nichols.

Deborah Dianne Forrest

December 31, 1958 – June 5, 2020

10 Comments To "Deborah Dianne Forrest"

Sharon McGarity On Jun 17 2020 at 3pm
My sweet Dianne what a wonderful life lived. I first met Dianne around 1980. She instantly became my best friend of 40 years. We spent many long hours at work taking care of patients together and many fun trips to the beach. We made so many memories that I will cherish forever. We would stay up all night talking. She would talk about her life growing up, her time spent in the army, her faith in God and we always talked about Howard and the girls. They were her everything. Di, I still can't believe you are gone. We were suppose to grow old together, but God had a different plan. Thanks for always being there, loving me and being my friend. My heart is broken. I pray Howard, Jessica and Samantha find comfort knowing that you touched so many lives with your sweet and beautiful spirit. Your smile and laughter were infectious. We will meet again some day, oh what a reunion that will be! Rest in peace my friend and sister. You were truly loved. Reply to this comment
James & Dr. Ann Welch On Jun 17 2020 at 3pm
We’ve had the pleasure of knowing Dianne and Howard for about 16 years and even though we haven’t visited together lately, our memories of Dianne as a wonderful lady will never be forgotten. Since Ann was her veterinarian for many years we are well aware of Dianne’s love of animals and especially her dogs. Such a nice person and her love for Howard and her girls was evidenced in her daily life. Our sincere condolences and our prayers for the entire family and our love and support. RIP Dianne in the arms of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Reply to this comment
Christopher Sapienza On Jun 17 2020 at 3pm
Dianne has been such a blessing in the Sapienza’s lives especially after my wife Emily passed away and my daughter Nicole age 14 was struggling with her loss of her mom and having to go through life missing her mom and adjusting to lots of changes it’s was then that Dianne came in a offered to pick her up from school and take her home, so Dianne was the encouraging one praying for us all and being the Good Samaritan when we all were feeling this loss beyond words. Dianne faith and uplifting spirit ministered to us all . She will be always kept fear to our hearts and I know she is dancing with my late wife before the Lord! We loved Dianne and Howard I would tell him how blessed he is having her . We will keep the Howard’s in prayer and ask the a Lord to comfort them during this very difficult time. Thank you Howard , Jessica and Samantha for being apart of our lives even for a short brief time we spent together with us and especially with Memories now with Dianne . Chris Sapienza Reply to this comment
Sybrina Wilkes On Jun 17 2020 at 3pm
May God lift up this family in prayer and provide them with strength as they walk this journey. Reply to this comment
Brian Morris On Jun 15 2020 at 7am
Aunt Dianne will be greatly missed. Remember those family events during childhood. Peace and Comfort for Howard, Jessica, and Sam during this time. Reply to this comment
Dee and Joe Alongi On Jun 14 2020 at 8am
Howard, please know our hearts broke For you when we heard the news of Dianne’s passing. Our fervent thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. Reply to this comment
Michael Buler On Jun 14 2020 at 8am
Where to start. Sis could send you a text on your phone that could pass for a chapter in a book. Always made me laugh. She was a complete lady. When we spoke it was about Howard. And her to sweet daughters. No matter what they did it would be ok. She would discuss Howard in one word. Golf. She was proud of the girls accomplishments. Sis you will be missed. You were loved sis Godspeed an we will meet down the road one day Reply to this comment
Dennis Havig On Jun 14 2020 at 8am
Our prayers go out to your family! May our God give you all His peace and comfort! Reply to this comment
Jean On Jun 14 2020 at 8am
I just found out 10 minutes ago about Diane I am so sorry, I loved Diane we had a mutual love for animals and she was such a big help to me when I was going through things I'm in shock! She did have the biggest heart and I'm so thankful that she was a believer and I will get to see her again my prayers of comfort go out to all of you she was a wonderful person and heaven gained an angel ❤️ Reply to this comment
Mike Darrish On Jun 13 2020 at 11am
Deepest condolences. Rest In Peace, Dianne. Reply to this comment
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