In Memory of

Betty Lucille Forest

August 15, 1925 - September 21, 2013
Betty Lucille Baughman, the youngest child of Cecil and Gertrude (Bonesteel) Baughman, was born on August 15, 1925, in Judd, Iowa. Raised on a farm, Betty graduated from Sioux Rapids High School in 1943 and went on to attend Buena Vista College in Storm Lake, Iowa. Because of the shortage of teachers following WWII, Betty obtained her degree early and began teaching English and Literature at the high school in Deloit, Iowa. After marriage, Ida Grove became her home for nearly 20 years where she became actively involved in her church and community. Her love and talent for the arts inspired her to write humorous 'readings', short stories and plays. She quickly became a popular speaker for many events. This led to her involvement in performing, and sometimes directing, in the community theater. While in Ida Grove, Betty owned and operated the local flower shop. She later wrote for the newspaper, the Pioneer Record, and was probably best known for her humorous column 'Pertinent Piffle', by Betty Hutchinson. Betty was lured to Cherokee by a job offer from KCHE radio. Shortly thereafter, she became involved in the Cherokee Community Theater, where she met and fell in love with Duane Forest. They were married December 3, 1971. Along with Duane, her greatest love was for her children, Sally, Michelle, Mike, Linda, and Bruce. After her retirement from KCHE, Betty was enticed by the Chronicle Times to write the humorous column, 'A View from the Forest'. For over 40 years in Cherokee, she has served on numerous boards and committees and was active in St. Paul's United Methodist Church, the Cherokee Library, Cherokee Community Theater, the symphony, Sanford Museum, and BPW. An avid reader, Betty enjoyed her book club and eating out with 'the ladies'. She is known for her deep faith, quick wit, unique sense of humor, gingersnap cookies, and knowledge of cows--believing into adulthood that all black cows are boys and all brown cows are girls, as told to her by her brother Bill. She cherished her family, her cat Gracie, and her friends. Following a brief illness, Betty passed away on Saturday, September 21, 2013, at the Cherokee Regional Medical Center. She was preceded in death by her husband, Duane Forest, her parents Cecil and Gertrude Baughman, and her brothers Bernard and Gerald Baughman. Survivors include her children: Sally (Denny) Carney of Des Moines, IA, Michelle Forest of Pacific Junction, IA, Mike (Suzanne) Forest of Columbia, MD, Linda (Paul) Cuthrell of Aurelia, IA, and Bruce (Mary) Forest of Park Hills, MO; her grandchildren: Alissa Carney, Josh Carney, Erin Forest, James Forest, Emilie Forest, Courtney (Jason) Rasmus, Katie Cuthrell, Casey Cuthrell, Bruce Forest, Jr., Nicholas Forest, Danielle Forest; great-grandchildren: Jacob Rasmus, Ellie Rasmus; and her brother, Willis 'Bill' Baughman of Ida Grove, IA.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, September 25th at St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 531 W. Main St. in Cherokee
Pastor Magrey deVega
Alissa Carney Josh Carney Courtney Rasmus Katie Cuthrell Casey Cuthrell Erin Forest James Forest Emilie Forest Bruce Forest, Jr. Nicholas Forest Danielle Forest Jason Rasmus Matt McKibben
Visitation will begin at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 24th at Greenwood-Schubert Funeral Home in Cherokee. The family will be present from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m.
Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Cherokee


Saturday, September 28, 2013 at 12:00 AM
“I was sorry to hear of Betty's passing. She was always such a pleasant person to be around! I'm sure she's resting well in the Lord's hands now.”
- Judi Klee
Friday, September 27, 2013 at 12:00 AM
“So sorry to hear of Betty's passing she was always such a nice lady. Always very hard to lose your mother. God Bless.”
- Peg (Bierman) Hinkhouse
Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 12:00 AM
“Our very deepest sympathy with the lost of your mother. She always had a simile
And good Will, when meeting her -always a joy in our neighborhood.”
- Randy & Carole Voss
Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 12:00 AM
“Mike and family, I am so sorry to hear about your mom! Peace be with you and your family.”
- Dawn Polson Jaminet
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at 12:00 AM
“My thoughts and prayers are with all of you as you celebrate the life of a wonderful lady! I am the youngest daughter of Bill and Melba Grawburg, and Betty and Duane were marvelous friends to my parents through good times and bad. Let's hope that there is a Happy Chef in heaven. If there is, the four of them will be happy to be together again! Their friendship was one of my parents' greatest pleasures.”
- Enola Grawburg Peters
Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at 12:00 AM
“I was so sorry to hear of your loss. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.”
- Marcia (Reinert) Kelley
Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at 12:00 AM
“My thoughts and prayers are with you. I am sorry that I didn't know about this sooner. Hopefully knowing that friends care with make this easier to bear.”
- Laura M Dawson
Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at 12:00 AM
“I wanted to express my sincere sympathy to all of you during this time, may God help you all through this time. ”
- Regina M. Webster
Monday, September 23, 2013 at 12:00 AM
“So sorry to hear of Betty's passing.. Thinking of you all.”
- Brenda Perrin
Monday, September 23, 2013 at 12:00 AM
“Linda, Mike, Bruce, Michelle, Sally and families, Lots of memories were shared in the Forest home. Love and prayers to you all.
- Jeannie Rupp
Monday, September 23, 2013 at 12:00 AM
“Linda, Mike and Bruce and family
I was very sorry to hear about Betty. You have my deepest sympathy and you are in my thoughts and prayers.”
- Denise Richards (Davis)
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