Lillian (Lilli) Elaine Forrester, 65, of Amarillo, TX, passed away Tuesday morning, May 5, 2020.
Lilli was born on September 30, 1954, at St. Anthony’s Hospital in Amarillo to Travis K. and Naomi R. Bailey, the second of four daughters.
Prior to marriage, Lilli attended Caprock High School in Amarillo. In 1981, she married James D. Forrester, who predeceased her in 2006, after 25 years of marriage.
For over 35 years Lilli worked in management for assisted living and skilled nursing care. She held local and regional management positions in Amarillo, Albuquerque, and the greater Dallas-Ft. Worth area. She was a relentless advocate for quality care and the rights of the elderly. Her gift of a servant’s heart was evident to all the residents and their families who lived in the facilities that she managed
She is survived by her daughter, son-in-law and only grandchild, Andrea and Kenneth Rogers and daughter Naomi of Decatur, Tx; one stepson, Barry Forrester and wife Donna of Amarillo, Tx; one stepdaughter, Andrea (Sissy) Shields of New River, Az.; three sisters, Vicki Bailey, Vanessa SoRelle and husband Tom, Teresa Gates and husband John, all of Amarillo; one niece Bailey Gates of Houston, Tx; two nephews, Jonathan and Caleb Gates of Amarillo; two great-nephews and two great-nieces, Hunter, Parker, Chandler and Blake Gates, all of Amarillo. She is also survived by three brothers in law and their wives; Don and Shirley Forrester, Steve, and Theresa Forrester, and Perry and Kathy Forrester, all of Virginia and many Forrester nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews whom she loved. Also surviving Lilli is her faithful caregiver and best friend who became like a sister, Jimmie Sneed, whose loving care greatly improved the quality of her life the past 5 years.
Although unable to attend services for the past five years after a spinal surgery left her unable to walk or leave her home, she nevertheless was a faithful member of First Baptist Church of Amarillo, worshipping weekly by TV and attending Sunday School by phone. Her favorite pastime was reading her bible.
The funeral services will be conducted by Boxwell Funeral Home, with Dr. Howard Batson of First Baptist Church-Amarillo officiating on Saturday, May 9, 2020. Interment will be in Llano Cemetery following the service.