Nancy Wiles Forrest, 85, of Mechanicsville, VA passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 27, 2023, at her daughter’s home.
Nancy is survived by her daughter, Ellen Forrest Smith (James); grandchildren Eric and Sarah; her nieces, Amy Wiles Miler (Jerry), Susan Wiles Fraser, Sarah Jane Wiles French (Michael), and Jenny Wiles Knorr (Jon); and nephew Bob (Joan); along with many grand nieces and nephews.
Nancy was preceded in death by her husband, John Kenneth; her parents, Elon C. and Frances Arnold Wiles; and her brother, Alan.
Nancy grew up in Fillmore, NY, and after college moved to New Rochelle, NY to start her career as a librarian and attend NYU. She spent most of her career caring for students and the books at Iona Preparatory School in New Rochelle, NY. She retired to Virginia to be near her daughter and family and continued to be devoted to her teaching sorority, Alpha Delta Kappa, and to serving others through her church, Meals on Wheels, and the Guild at Covenant Woods.
We would like to thank the wonderful caregivers from At Home Hospice and our special day-to-day angel who arrived just in time to help. Another huge thank you to all who supported our family with prayers, food, visits, and kind words.
A memorial celebration of her life will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 24 at Mechanicsville United Methodist Church 7356 Atlee Road. Mechanicsville, VA 23111. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. A luncheon will follow at church. The interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial donation in my mom’s name to Mechanicsville United Methodist Church, 7356 Atlee Road. Mechanicsville, VA 23111. We plan a special project that involves the church library and books!