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Dorothy (Dot) Sweet FormanMay 18, 1921 ~ June 28, 2017 (age 96)
Dorothy (Dot) Sweet Forman passed away at the Elms on June 28, 2017, at 7:34 a.m.. She was born on May 18, 1921 in Briggsdale, Colorado to George Graham Sweet and Edith Schwamb Sweet, who predeceased her. A daughter, Karen (Carrie) Arnold and her husband, Samuel Arnold of Denver, Colorado and a sister, Winona Sweet Camp and her husband, Lloyd Camp of Platteville, Colorado, also predeceased her.
She is survived by her husband of 75 years, James P. (Quin) Forman of Grand Prairie Assisted Living in Macomb, Illinois, and her daughter, Jan Lucie (husband Jim Lucie) of Macomb, three grandchildren: Quin Lucie (wife Amanda Davis) of Charlottesville, Virginia; Megan Lucie Wunderlich (husband Craig) of New Canaan, Connecticut; and Devon Lucie (wife Surae Chinn) of Salt Lake City, Utah. She was blessed with seven great-grandchildren: Aleeyah and Maya Davis-Montgomer; Molly, Brooks, and Will Wunderlich; and Graham and Ellanor Lucie. A niece, Phyllis Camp Nelson (husband Charlie) of Platteville, Colorado also survives her.
Dorothy and Quin Forman were married on June 28, 1942 in Greeley, Colorado in the Park Congregational Church. Dorothy graduated from Briggsdale High School in Colorado in 1938 as valedictorian of her class and was the first member of her family to graduate from college doing so in 1942 from Colorado State College (University of Northern Colorado). She was named Outstanding Junior Woman and Outstanding Senior Woman, served as president of Women’s Council for two years, and worked in the college Personnel Office as secretary to Dr. Annie M. McCowen, author of widely-used children’s elementary grades reading series.
For 28 years she was church secretary and office manager at First Congregational Church of Greeley, Colorado and upon moving to San Diego was church secretary at Chula Vista Community Congregational Church until her retirement in 1994 when they moved to Macomb, Illinois. She was a member of and active in the First Presbyterian Church in Macomb, serving as secretary of Presbyterian Women’s Fellowship and church historian and served as president of Macomb Beautiful.
She wrote poetry and three books, depicting her mother’s homesteading days in Colorado, the life of an ancestor who immigrated from England and a young church minister. She gave programs based on these novels to local retirement homes. She also wrote and published histories of both churches that she served as secretary.
Dorothy loved music and played violin as a young girl, even playing the wedding march for a wedding in Briggsdale. She especially enjoyed using her fine musical ear to sing alto in church choirs.
Cremation rites have been accorded. Memorial services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 16, 2017 and after at First Presbyterian Church in Macomb with Gene Miller officiating.
Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church or the Western Illinois Museum.
Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb is in charge of arrangements.