Helen Duff “Aunt Duffy” Forrest

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.”

Helen Duff Forrest

I rather like this photo of my grandmother and her sisters… especially the casual cigarette my grandmother is holding in her hand.

Betty, Mildred Jean, and Helen "Duffy" Forrest (front to back) about 1938 or 1940.


About cthomas1967

Seeking to bring my ancestors out of the shadows of history and into the light. I have always been interested in history, and at a few different times I tried to do a family tree, but wasn't able to do it with the technology that was available then. On a business trip I visited the World War I Museum in Kansas City, MO and it was a very impressive establishment. While I was there I remember thinking, "Didn't my great-grandfather father fight in World War I? And wasn't his brother killed alongside him in some famous battle? I wonder if I can find out where he died." That's what started it all. View all posts by cthomas1967

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