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 Mary F. “Tootsie” <I>Smith</I> Eastburn Forloines

Mary F. “Tootsie” Smith Eastburn Forloines

Birth
Rich Creek, Giles County, Virginia, USA
Death 22 May 1998 (aged 74)
Van Nuys, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Glendale, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Plot The Great Mausoleum, Holly Terrace, Hall of Inspiration, Columbarium of Nativity, Niche 20817
Memorial ID 7170588 · View Source
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Born in Rich Creek, VA (Giles County), between Glen Lyn, Narrows and Pearisburg, VA. Mary was the 14th of 19 children born to John Robert and Ida Maud Smith, and was 1st married to Charles Bernard Eastburn and 2nd in 1971 to Franklin Forrest Forloines both now deceased. She had two children: Dan Charles Eastburn b. MAR 1943 and Phillip David Eastburn b. DEC 1947, both living. Mary lived in Washington, D.C., then Ritchie, Maryland (1955-1992), and worked for the U.S. Post Office, Bureau of Transportation. She retired and moved to Van Nuys, CA and lived with her younger son David from 1992 until she died in 1998. Her son, Dan, aka Daniel Eastman ("d.e."), lives in Maui, HI. Only 1 brother of her 18 siblings survive, Allen Frank Smith Dundee, FL. Mary was a strong and loving Mother and friend. She was loved by all she met, and was known affectionately as "Tootsie." She loved to play bingo and visit Las Vegas to play the slots and bingo! She was admitted to the hospital on May 18, 1998 with severe low back pain, unable to move. On examination, she was found to have metastatic bone cancer originating from a primary site in her bladder. She had no symptoms other than weight loss, but had a history of cancer over 30 years previously. She underwent radiation therapy to reduce the size of the tumors compressing her spine to relieve the pain. She was not a candidate for surgery or chemotherapy due to her emphysema and renal insufficiency. On May 22, 1998 she died of cardiac arrest in the hospital after returning from her radiation treatment. Mary always said she did not want to be a burden to her sons, and by the way her life quickly resolved, she was granted her wish. She could have ever been a burden!
She has a bronze cenotaph plaque in The Great Mausoleum at Forest Lawn, in the Columbarium of Sanctuaries, to the right of The Last Supper stained glass window by Leonardo DaVinci. A poem by her son, David, is a tribute to her on the cenotaph. ENJOY HEAVEN MOTHER!!
The following is the poem of tribute written by her son in 1975:

A Lady Most Deserving
Give her the captured radiance of a flawless emerald,
A snowflake on a rosy cheek.
The surge of grass in springtime,
The sound of butterfly wings.
The grace and wisdom of wizened years.

Give good memories on a chilly night, moon glow on satin.
A heart aching from gladness,
The cleansing of a tear.
The benevolence of silent contemplation,
A touch of stillness, the feel of warmth.

Give her the wind to comb her hair, a wish on a falling star.
A smile when it's not needed and an embrace when it is.
The serenity of perfect love,
The reassurance of peace.
All of these would I give her, for she is
A lady most deserving.



Inscription

Mom's inurnment niche plaque (in the Columbarium of Nativity, facing W.C. Fields) reads:
Mary Frances Smith, 1924-1998.
Lord, be Precious to Your Soul, Mary.
A Lady Most Deserving.
Beloved Mother of David and Dan Eastburn
Sleep in Heavenly Peace.


  • Maintained by: Carol Bentley
  • Originally Created by: David Eastburn
  • Added: 8 Feb 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 7170588
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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Mary F. “Tootsie” Smith Eastburn Forloines (17 Apr 1924–22 May 1998), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7170588, citing Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Glendale), Glendale, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by Carol Bentley (contributor 49078350) .