Cally AL Forster
May 29, 2021 – November 7, 2021
Blaine, Washington – Cally, half of three, was born in New Delhi, India, to a British Army captain stationed at Simla Pass during the war with her South African mother. When the war ended, the family of four returned to Durban in South Africa where a younger brother was born and the family remained. Shortly after graduating from high school, Cally decided to make a living in London, England, where she worked for a short time for the rock band “The Who”, then moved on. embarked on a new adventure in Barcelona, Spain, spending three years learning the language and culture of the Catalans. After a short period of illness and the loss of her older sister in a car crash in South West Africa (Namibia), Cally moved to Windhoek to comfort her now single and grieving mother.
At the same time, a young Canadian geologist from Vancouver, British Columbia, traveled to southwest Africa to begin his own adventure in life away from home. He and Cally finally discovered each other and after a short, whirlwind courtship, they became engaged and married in Windhoek on February 16, 1973. Six months later, having to return to Vancouver to complete his college education, Charlie returned home with his new wife to start their life together. In 1983, they were transferred by his company to Grand Junction, Colorado, where they remained until 1986 before moving north to Blaine Washington after their company closed its mining operations. After a short time in Blaine, they bought a home in Birch Bay Village where they lived for 17 years enjoying village life and access to the Salish Sea and Birch Bay crabs. Feeling the need for a change of pace and more freedom for their animals, they acquired 10 acres east of Blaine and built the house of their dreams where they continued to live until his passing.
In Blaine, Cally worked in the Blaine Duty Free office as an accountant and then for several years as the manager and accountant of Blaine Animal Hospital. With the onset of lung cancer in 2016, she was forced to reduce her commitment to the animal hospital and fully retired in 2018 to devote herself to her pets, mineral collections and of fossils and two thriving Koi ponds.
Cally is survived by her loving husband of 48 years, Charlie, and her younger brother Neil Hamilton in France and her kitties past and present who have been a part of their lives since the start of their marriage.
Cally has been fortunate to receive wonderful home nursing care and support from the Whatcom Hospice Foundation over the past four months, assisted by daily home care provided by Right-at-Home. If there are any living angels on this earth, it is the nurses at the Whatcom Hospice Foundation. For this, her husband is extremely grateful.
Published by Bellingham Herald on November 29, 2021.