Sarah Paine (Sal) Forbes
April 1, 2011
Sarah Paine (Sal) Forbes, 91, of Sheridan, WY, died at her residence on March 28, 2011. Sal was born on June 12, 1919, to John B. and Louise F. Paine in Weston, MA. She was the youngest of their seven children. She attended elementary and high schools in the Boston area, followed by two years at Vassar College. On Oct. 14, 1939, she married Waldo E. Forbes, and in early 1940 came with him to Sheridan to live on his ranch on Big Goose Creek. They had seven children.
Sal took an active part in ranch work, gardening, square dancing, and the Big Goose Community Club. In 1954, she and Waldo helped found the Red Angus Association of America, with Waldo serving as its first president and Sal as its first Executive Secretary. Following Waldo’s death in 1955, Sal managed the ranch, supported her children’s school and 4-H activities, and continued her energetic involvement with the Red Angus Association and the cattle industry nationwide. In later years, she cultivated many new interests, including wellness, travel, and the protection of natural landscapes. She especially enjoyed nurturing programs to support young people going into agriculture, and she never lost her love for dancing and family gatherings.
Sal was preceded in death by her husband Waldo, daughter Ellen Bingham, brother John B. Paine, Jr., and sisters Helen Dickson, Caroline Ganson, Julia Wakefield, Louise Erickson, and Charlotte Paine.
Survivors include her sons Waldo E. Forbes, Jr. (Jo), and William Cameron Forbes (Trish) of Sheridan and her daughters, Charlotte Wunderlich (John) of Bethesda, MD; Julia Forbes (Ed Waddington) of Seattle, WA; Sarah Forbes (Doug Foster) of Ashland, OR; and Edith Forbes (Ruth Sylvester), of East Thetford, VT. She is also survived by her grandchildren Donald Bingham, Ellen Durkin, Keenan Forbes, Lindsay Michelle Forbes, Natalie Forbes, Stephen Forbes, Eric Wunderlich, and Mark Wunderlich; and great-grandchildren Kate Bingham; Sarah, Katie, and Julia Durkin; and Helen Wunderlich.
Memorials may be sent to Sheridan County 4-H Foundation, 224 South Main Street, Suite B10, Sheridan, WY 82801, or Sheridan Senior Center, 211 Smith Street, Sheridan, WY 82801.
At her request, cremation has taken place and a memorial gathering will be held at a later date. Champion Ferries Funeral Home of Sheridan is handling arrangements.