Patricia Johnson Forbes
Patricia Johnson Forbes, a retired elementary school teacher and principal, passed away on Nov. 13, 2019. She was born in Mantee, Mississippi, on Aug. 20, 1935.
She attended Delta State College and became an elementary school teacher in Mississippi. In 1964, she moved to Hammond whereupon she began a 37-year career of teaching and school administration for the Tangipahoa Parish School System.
Mrs. Forbes served as principal of Woodland Park Elementary School, Hammond Eastside Elementary School, and Loranger Elementary School.
Patricia was preceded in death by her parents, Richard Boyce Johnson and Beatrice Shaffer Johnson; her husband, Henry Payne Forbes; and her son, Richard Joseph Heleniak.
She is survived by her daughter Catherine Heleniak Tijerino (Roger); sister Brenda Johnson Harden (Jim); daughter-in-law Heather Heleniak; first husband Roman J. Heleniak; stepchildren Rebecca Arnold (Ritter), Harold C. Forbes (Kate), and Courtney Forbes (Steve Heizer); eight grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter.
There will be a memorial service on Sat., Nov. 30, 2019, at First Presbyterian Church in Hammond. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. and service at 11 a.m.
Donations may be made to the Richard Murphy Hospice House or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.