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HAVERHILL - Vivian (Bennett) Forrest, 74, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family after a courageous battle with cancer on Monday, March 5, 2018.
She was born in Buffington Township, Pennsylvania, daughter of Harry and Mildred (Empfield) Bennett. Vivian is survived by two sisters Verla Anderson and Mildred Forrest and two brothers Alex and Harry Bennett. Vivian is predeceased by two brothers Robert and Elmer Bennett and a sister Jean McCormick.
She was the loving and devoted wife of George Forrest for 54 years. Her surviving family members include her son, George (Chip) Forrest and his fiancé, Malisa Yakes, and her daughter, Nadine Slavin and husband Andy.
Vivian was a long-time resident of Malden before moving to Haverhill. Viv worked at Boston Gas for many years. She spent countless occasions with her husband and their dear friends laughing, singing and dancing. During her later years, Vivian had a passion for her grandchildren, Tyler and Carlye Slavin, Meg, Emily, Jack, Jake and Emma Forrest; they were truly the light of her life.
Vivian is an inspiration to all. She was truly one of the kindest, gentlest, selfless and compassionate person to grace this world with her presence. Vivian and her husband, George, had a very special relationship. It was something to be modeled for years to come. Vivian's courageous battle with cancer will be one remembered. People like her drive motivation to find a cure for such a terrible disease. Vivian will be forever missed and never forgotten.
ARRANGEMENTS: Visiting hours will be held on Thursday, March 8, in the Driscoll Funeral Home, 309 So. Main Street, Haverhill, from 4 to 8 p.m. Services will begin Friday in the funeral home at 9 a.m. Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in Sacred Hearts Church, 165 So. Main Street, Bradford, at 10 a.m. Burial in Harmony Cemetery, Georgetown. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Vivian's memory may be made to Sacred Hearts Food Pantry, c/o 48 South Chestnut Street, Bradford, MA 01835. For guestbook, please visit www.driscollcares.com.
Published on March 6, 2018
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