My father’s “Aunt Duffy”, Helen Duff Forrest (1913 – 1992). Another Tom Forrest photo, beautifully scanned. As he points out, Helen is wearing the same dress that my grandmother Mildred Jean Thomas was wearing in the photo of her I posted here recently.
Here’s my father remembering her:
“Aunt Helen was always called “Duffy” by both friends and family. She went to work in Washington DC, I think, directly from high school. She worked all her life for the National Milk Producers Federation. She lived in a small apartment in the home of a family named Cramer. I’m not sure if this was in DC or one of its suburbs. She worked initially as a secretary and later as an office manager. She died somewhere in the DC area. She visited us at least one a year because she could take the train directly from Washington to St. Albans.”
I rather like this photo of my grandmother and her sisters… especially the casual cigarette my grandmother is holding in her hand.