Betty Rosson Forrest May 6, 1935 – March 16, 2020


Photo: by Edith J. Carrier Arboretum


Beloved volunteer and supporter of the Arboretum

Betty was remembered in last month’s newsletter, but the Edith J. Carrier Arboretum also wrote of her and her contributions to the Arboretum so I’d like you to see the lovely remembrance of her.

Betty lived life to the fullest! She was still hiking and enjoying nature at the age of 81. She taught me so much about nature and Virginia wildflowers. I will always cherish my memories of her and the adventures we shared.” -Ginger

Betty Rosson Forrest was one of the Arboretum’s dedicated and long-standing volunteers. The Arboretum plans to plant Blue Wild Woodland Phlox in her memory this spring. We are so thankful for Betty’s contributions over the years and her enthusiasm for Virginia native plants. On behalf of our staff, we send our dearest condolences to her family and friends.

From Kyger Funeral Home’s Obituary for Betty:
Betty loved nature and spent much of her life working as a guide for the Shenandoah National Park and was a lifelong volunteer at the Edith J. Carrier Arboretum. Betty traveled the world feeding her desire for knowledge of birds, plants, and flowers. She was a Girl Scout leader for 16 years and developed many friendships and impacted many young lives. She also played the organ at Brown Memorial United Church of Christ in McGaheysville, VA, for 25 years.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Edith J. Carrier Arboretum.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Full Obituary Here