Eszema “Esmie” Forrest

December 19th, 2019

Eszema I. Forrest (Brooks), age 89, fondly known as “Esmie ” or “Aunt Nen” to her family and friends, of Wilmington, MA, passed away peacefully on December 19, 2019, at the Winchester Hospital.

Esmie was born on May 17, 1930, in Morris Hall, St. Catherine, Jamaica; she was the dear daughter of the late Cardinal Newman “Brother B” Brooks and Edemena “Sis” (Rhooms) Brooks. Esmie was raised in St. Catherine Jamaica where she attended Primary School at the Sargentville All Age School and Secondary School at the Kingston Commercial School.

Esmie met the “love of her life” Robert Forrest (“Chin”) on the bus riding between Kingston and St. Catherine; Chin made a great impression on her as he was a “sweet talker” who loved to dance and he swept her off her feet. The couple married in Kingston, Jamaica in December, 1955 and became parents of two daughters; Lavern and Rhona. Esmie was a devoted wife and mother, excellent cook, seamstress and homemaker; she loved her family with all her heart and they enjoyed many wonderful times together.

Esmie and Chin moved to the United States, living in New York where she retired from the Greater Blood Bank of New York.  They then moved Wilmington over 25 years ago to be closer to their family. Esmie became an active member of the Wilmington Congregational Church; where she gave of her time and talents to help others.

Esmie was the beloved wife of the late Robert “Chin” Forrest who passed in 2004, she was the devoted mother of Lavern Forrest of Wilmington and Rhona Burnett and her husband Robert of New Jersey, loving “Grandma Forrest” to her grandchildren Tracyann Mburu and her husband K.J. of Maryland, Robert “Robby” Burnett, Jr. of New York and her great-grandchildren Isabella and Benjamin Mburu. Esmie was the dear sister of the late Ferdinand “Ferdie” Brooks, Myrtle “Ivy” Brooks, Roy Brooks, Louis “Louie” Brooks and Robbie Brooks. She is further survived by many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA, on Saturday, December 21st, for Visitation from 1:00-2:00 p.m. followed by a Service at 2:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Esmie’s memory may be made to the Wilmington Congregational Church, 230 Church St., Wilmington, MA 01887.


8 Entries in Guest Book for “Eszema “Esmie” Forrest”

  1. Clay & Sharon Bomgardner says:

    Rhona and Lavern and family, we send our prayers and love to you all at the passing of your mother. Remembering her sweet personality always.
    Clay and Sharon

  2. Jackie Davis and Bill Walker says:

    Lavern and Rhona, there aren’t enough words to express how sad we are to hear of Miss Esmie’s passing. Our hearts are broken. We send our love and will keep you in our prayers. Jackie and Bill

  3. Euline Brown says:

    My deepest condolences to Laverne and family words will not wipe away your tears and may not Ease the pain but hold onto your memories because forever they will remain Rest in peace auntie.

  4. Ingrid dixon says:

    Sincere regrets at Aunt Nen’s passing. It was a pleasure to have known her and feel her warmth and love. I enjoyed her mild nature and good humour.

    I know she is with the god she loved and worshipped.

    May the entire family take solace in knowing she was a woman of honor and love, who lived her life through and with christ.

  5. Heidi Kumm says:

    My condolences and prayers of comfort for the family. I am blessed to have known Esmie. Her smile, grace & love for the Lord shined through in all she did & said. I always looked forward to my hugs from her & of course loved to see what lovely hat she was wearing to church each week. Love, Heidi

  6. Jacqueline Campbell says:

    My sincere and deepest condolences to Lavern and Rhona and family. “The souls of the righteous are in the hands of the Lord”
    Hold tight to the precious memories of your beloved mother.
    May she rest in peace.

  7. Roxanne Green says:

    Condolences to Rhona, Lavern and family for this untimely passing. I was always happy to see Aunt Nen whenever I visited. She was one of the very best cooks I have ever known and she will be sorely missed.

  8. Joanne and Joe Silva says:

    Lavern and Rhona
    Our heartfelt sympathies to you on the passing of your dear mother. May all the sweet memories provide comfort during this time.

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