Wilma L. Forney

July 20, 2020

Wilma L. Forney, 90, a former Rossville resident, died July 20, 2020 at Mulberry Health, Mulberry, Ind.  She was born January 28, 1930 in Cambria, Indiana to William & Edna (Bible) Woodruff.  She married Walter Max Forney on July 8, 1948 and he preceded her in death on February 2, 2008.

Wilma graduated from Rossville High School in 1948.  She was a member of First Baptist Church of Frankfort.  She had several job experiences but best remembered working as bookkeeper for Rockwood Manufacturing in Rossville for 14 years, Milner Healthcare for 8 years, Clinton County Auditor’s Office for many years and as secretary at First Baptist Church.  She also worked as a greeter for Goodwin Funeral Home.  Wilma and Walter also operated “Forney’s Roost” restaurant and ice cream stand in Rossville for many years.  She was also very active in the Rossville Order of Eastern Star, holding many offices including Worthy Matron.  She and Walter enjoyed many relationships made while in Eastern Star, Masonic Lodge and the Murat Shrine and they traveled regularly to attend regular meetings, special events, and served as delegates to national conventions.

The family wants to thank those who looked in on her throughout her journey with dementia until she could not be on her own, especially Gary Myers and Linda Lewis.  The family wants to also thank the 100 Unit Staff at Mulberry Health Care.  Their daily care for Mom never wavered as she continued her journey.  She was always treated with the same dignity from her first day to her last.  They are special people.

Memorial donations may be made in Wilma’s honor to the First Baptist Church, 301 S. Columbia Street, Frankfort.  Please visit goodwinfuneralhome.com, where you may share a personal message with the family.

Visitation and Services

Friends may visit 1 – 2:45 p.m. Friday, July 24, 2020 at Goodwin Funeral Home, 200 S. Main Street, Frankfort.  Order of Eastern Star memorial service will begin at 2:45 p.m. followed by Funeral Services beginning at 3 p.m. at the funeral home.  Pastor Chuck Williams will officiate.  The family asks that in accordance with guidelines, visitors maintain social distancing and that a mask be worn.  Burial will be in Green Lawn Memorial Park, Frankfort, at a later date. 

Survived by:

Surviving Family includes her 3 Sons: James Max (Janine) Forney of Des Plaines, IL, William Daniel (Billie) Forney of Lafayette, and Walter Joseph (Ann) Forney of Angola; Sister: Glenda Kyger of Lafayette; 2 Brothers: Cleo (Betty) Woodruff of Florida and Harold (Virginia) Woodruff of Frankfort; 8 Grandchildren; 11 Great-Grandchildren; and 1 Great-Great-Grandchild.  

Preceded by:

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by 3 brothers, Clinton, Fred and Kenneth Woodruff and a sister, Sarah ‘Sally’ Ellen Kingsolver.


Leave your Condolences

12 Condolences for “Wilma L. Forney”

  1. Gary Forney July 21, 2020 at 5:22 pm

    To cousins Jim, Bill and Joe, so sorry to learn of the passing of your mom. I remember her as always smiling and a wonderful partner to your father. It is very sad to lose another member of the Forney clan, but she will be fondly remembered.

  2. John Miller July 21, 2020 at 5:23 pm

    Wonderful couple.

  3. Suzanne Halsey July 21, 2020 at 5:40 pm

    May God’s love surround you, comfort you and bring you peace Jim, Billy and Joey.
    Love, Suzie and Denny

  4. Erilda Coleman July 22, 2020 at 7:10 am

    Dear Harold & Family, so very sorry to hear of the passing of your sister, Wilma. So many memories your family has had through the years. The best reunion is yet to come in Heaven. Prayers for comfort for all. God Bless – Erilda & Ron Coleman

  5. Kim Ray July 22, 2020 at 7:20 am

    What a special lady Wilma was. I loved her and Walter very much. We had a special friendship. Wilma let Walter go on The FBC Holy Land group tour if I promised to look after him. My sincere condolences to the family.

  6. Greg Slipher July 22, 2020 at 7:34 am

    So sorry for your loss.

  7. Beth Deboy July 22, 2020 at 9:38 am

    Prayers and blessings to Wilma’s sons, Glenda and her brothers. I’ve known Wilma since I was a girl living just east of Cambria. She helped my mother when my younger sister was born. I rode the school bus with Glenda and some of the brothers. In later years, the 80’s and early 90’s, I was her hairdresser in Rossville and then at Garney’s in Frankfort. Wilma was always the same happy, kind soul that I enjoyed being around. May peace and joy fill your souls knowing Wilma is at home with Jesus. Beth Chezem Deboy

  8. Phil & Gloria Crum July 22, 2020 at 10:26 am

    Sincere sympathies to all of the Forney family. We will surely miss all the great things they have contributed throughout their life.

  9. Paula Saks July 23, 2020 at 6:01 am

    Wilma lived a full loving life and she will be remembered by how she treated and loved others. May the knowledge that she is no longer suffering be a comfort to her family. I have known Wilma for a long time, since my mom worked for her in her restaurant. She was like another grandmother as I was growing up and she is tied to a lot of memories. Some of the best ones were of her and mom playing Yahtzee or cards and when I got older I played too. I was sorry to hear when she started to have issues, and I know how much mom was affected when Wilma started to have issues.

  10. Janet Bowyer July 25, 2020 at 7:48 am

    So sorry to hear of your loss. Thinking of you at this time!
    Jeff and Janet Bpwyer

  11. LeRoy and Carolyn Zook July 25, 2020 at 11:03 am

    Joe, Carolyn and I are so sorry for your loss. Your Mom is now with the Lord and having a great time. God Bless the Forney family. Again, our deepest sympathy.

  12. Tom & Ann Ohl July 28, 2020 at 5:42 pm

    We were sorry to hear of Wilma’s passing. She was a good friend. Our deepest sympathy. Tom & Ann Ohl

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