Mary Anne Forbes

  • Born: August 19, 1938
  • Died: October 4, 2021
  • Location: Hammond, Louisiana

Harry McKneely & Son Funeral Home

PO Box 2035
2000 N Morrison Blvd
Hammond, LA 70404
Tel. (985) 345-5801

Tribute & Message From The Family

Mary Anne Shackelford Forbes was born on August 19, 1938 in Kirbyville, Texas, home of her mother and father, grandmother and grandfather. By the time she was 23, she and her husband, E.A. Forbes, were raising three boys in Hammond, LA. Her path to Hammond passed through Baton Rouge, where she was a Baton Rouge High School Bulldog, and then Southeastern Louisiana College. By the time she passed away on October 4, 2021, she and E.A. were married 64 years, had put all three boys through college and married them off, had six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. She had also earned Bachelor's and Master's degrees with honors in Education at SLU and worked as an elementary school teacher in Hammond and Loranger, changing innumerable lives for the better, especially by insisting that we all speak proper English. During their lives together, Mary Anne and E.A lived in Virginia, Arizona, Arkansas and Louisiana, and loved driving, flying and cruising across the country and around the world. Mary Anne loved keeping and spoiling her grandchildren, and E.A. and Mary Anne danced their way late into the night more times than a person can count. She loved her life to the end. She is lovingly remembered and missed by her husband, E.A., her sister Katie Chaney and her brother William Shackelford, her son Mike and his wife Nancy Stevens, son Pat and his wife Ana, son Lee, and grandchildren Leigh Culpepper, John Culpepper, Caroline, Jackson, Andie and Ben Forbes. She was preceded in death by her grandmother and grandfather, Lily and Dewey Pierce, her mother, Mary Helen Ritter, her father, William Shackelford, her step-father Wilbert Ritter, her sister, Lynne Ricord and her brother, John Dewey Ritter. The family will have a Celebration of Life at a future date. To view and sign the family guest book, please visit

Condolence & Memory Journal

Pat and Lee - I saw that mother had passed away. Sorry to hear about it. Pat - the memory I have of your mother and father was hosting a birthday party for you when we were in about the 4th or 5th grade and taking us all to the movie. I remember how welcoming your folks were. My condolences.

Marlin Mullins

Posted by Marlin Mullins - Liberty, MS - Friend   October 24, 2021

I just read Miss Mary Anne passed. So many wonderful memories.Such a sweet and kind soul.

Posted by Kim Holak Zimmer - Hammond, LA - Family Friend   October 19, 2021

Pat, so sorry to hear about your mother. I am lifting you up as well as your other family members in prayer. I know she will be missed and especially your father after watching my mother this past month.

Posted by Kay LeSage - Work   October 12, 2021

So sorry for your loss, my prayers are with you. Lots of love

Posted by Elizabeth Mejia - Work   October 11, 2021

So many beautiful memories of the get togethers from SWA to the Wainwright's pool parties. Our hearts and prayers are with you in this time of loss yet celebration of a beautifully lived life. May God's peace and comfort be upon you.

Posted by Richie DRUDE - Kentwood, LA - Family Friend   October 09, 2021

In loving memory of a wonderful person. Much love to all the family. Thinking of you, Melissa LeBlanc May

Posted by Melissa LeBlanc May - Neighbor   October 06, 2021


So sorry for your loss.

Alan and Debbie Boyd

Posted by Alan Boyd - Cookeville, TN - Friend   October 06, 2021

Deepest sympathies from Parrish, Katy, and Libby.

Posted by Parrish Brown - Washington, DC - Family   October 06, 2021

So sorry guys, love you all

Posted by William Wainwright - Hammond, LA - Family   October 05, 2021

Mary Anne will be missed by many, she lit up the room wherever she was. She always had a smile and a good laugh. She might go find Sonny to dance with til you meet her. I will keep you and family in my prayers.

Posted by Sue Navarre - Ponchatoula, LA - Friend   October 05, 2021

So sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you

Posted by Gordon and Eloise Anderson - Hammond   October 05, 2021

Dear Mike and Family,

I wanted to extend my deepest sympathy to E.A. and the entire Forbes family at the loss of your beloved wife. mother, and sibling! I send you my thoughts and prayers and pray that God will bless you all and send you his peace!

Guy Recotta Jr.

Posted by Guy Recotta - Hammond, LA - Friend   October 05, 2021