Barbara Ann Forbes


Barbara Ann Forbes, known by many as “Nanny”, was born on May 27, 1936 in Conroe, Texas and left this world on June 21, 2019, surrounded by her loved ones.

She spent her childhood growing up in and around the Conroe area. During this time, she enjoyed spending time with her cousins at her grandmother Momma Howard’s farm. After graduating from Conroe High School she went on to graduate from Massey Business College in Houston, Texas.

In 1960, she moved to Liberty Hill with her then husband James W. Forbes, and worked for the State of Texas. Living on the farm was quite a contrast from her life in Houston. She spent a great deal of time bottle feeding baby calves and taking them to the vet in the backseat of her car. She always enjoyed telling stories of how people would point as she drove down the road with a calf in her car.

After the birth of her first child, Laura, in 1962, she wholeheartedly threw herself into motherhood. In 1964, she gave birth to her son, Jimmy Forbes. She attended every school function, Girl Scout and Boy Scout event, field trips, sport events, band events, ag events and many more activities for not only her children, but also her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In 1984, she became a grandmother for the first time. She was more than a grandmother to her three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren, she was like another mother to them. She adored her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren beyond measure.

Barbara was a volunteer at the local outreach thrift store when it was located in downtown Liberty Hill. Helping there brought her such great joy and she looked forward to the time she spent there, as well as the local flower shop.

She is preceded in death by her son Jimmy Forbes, her brother Tommy Howard, her mother Inez Palmer, her father Archie Howard and her step-father John Palmer. She is survived by her sisters Winifred Weisinger ( Bill) and Mary McLean, daughter Laura Glass (Peter), granddaughters Christina Helms (Jordan), Lacie Hale (John), grandson Scott Helms (Casey) and great grandchildren Nolan Helms, Hutson Helms, Emory Walther, Owen Walther, Annie and Marlie.

Barbara spread sunshine wherever she went, often heard singing “You Are My Sunshine” to the youngest members of the family. She never met a stranger and was kind to everyone. We will miss her dearly and will do our best to instill her legacy of spreading sunshine to the great-grandchildren she loved so dearly.

At her request, private family services will be held.