Debbie Jo Forbes,71, passed away on Saturday, August 5, 2023. She was with family when she peacefully passed.
Born in Williamston, SC, she was the daughter of the late Clinton and Sarajane Mewbourne Martin.
She is survived by her three children, Jordan Forbes (Kaylee), Abbie Waymer (Travis), and Cally Bernat (Jeff); grandchildren Amari, Aliyah and Everly; and sister Judy Martin Rogers.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Jane Martin Woodson.
She was a graduate of Western Piedmont College in Morganton, NC, where she received her BS in Nursing. In 1980, she completed the courses necessary to become a Nurse Practitioner. She was a dedicated employee of Greenville Memorial Hospital for over 30 years, most of which were in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Over the years, Debbie Jo cared for countless infants and their families. She provided excellent nursing care and received many accolades. She was respected as a co-worker and leader on the unit.
While working in the NICU, she was aware of the need for foster parents. In 1998, she herself became a foster parent. She instantly bonded with her very first foster child. She and her daughters loved, cared for, and adopted her son, Jordan. She welcomed several other foster children in their home over the years.
Debbie Jo was an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church. She sang in the choir and raised her children in the church and youth activities. They enjoyed beach trips together with their church family.
She visited the beach often, even if just for a day. Whether for a day or a week’s vacation, she found it a place to relax and enjoy time with family. She became particularly fond of Edisto Beach.
Debbie Jo loved music and singing. She had a beautiful voice. She performed annually in The Living Christmas Tree and her children have fond memories of her singing around the house. She was a concert enthusiast.
She had love for animals, especially chihuahuas. Their home always had a pet and she supported the ASPCA.
Debbie Jo will be missed terribly by her family and friends. She brought a smile to everyone’s face and loved deeply. She will be remembered every time they have a Chick-Fil-A milkshake or a Big Reese Cup.
The family would like to express their gratitude to all the medical professionals, caregivers and friends that loved and supported her over the years as her health declined.
A memorial service will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church at 421 N. Main Street, Greenville, on Thursday, August 10, 2023, at 2:00 p.m. All are welcome to a reception that will follow the service at the church.
Memorial donations may be made to the Prisma Health Children’s Hospital B.K. Bryan Neonatal Intensive Care Unit by visiting www.PrismaHealthUpstateGiving.org/Memorials or by mailing a check including her name to: Prisma Health Office of Philanthropy, 300 E. McBee Ave, Ste 201, Greenville, SC 29601.
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