Christal Forrest, affectionately known to everyone as “Aunt Christal”, was a loving aunt, sister, and friend. She was born to the late Isadora Forrest and Eli Madison on April 10, 1963.
Christal departed this life on Monday, January 2, 2023, at the tender age of 59, after a longtime illness at Mt. Carmel East Medical Center. Christal is preceded in death by her loving mother and father, and brothers, twin, Christopher, Harold Jr., Michael, and Timothy; sisters, Jacquelyn, Janella, Kaye, Dorshalle, and Rashalle; nephews, Frederick, Tawan, and DeAndre; and great-nephew, Darius. Aunt Christal leaves to cherish her memory: siblings, Tondalier, Angela (Al) Dawson, Anthony (Mary Ann), Marion, Faye, Thomas (Sarah) and Lisa; and furry companion, Prince, who she loved and adored as her child. There is the family that you were born into, and then there is the one that you create throughout your life.
The extended family of Christal consisted of many people including but not limited to: lifelong friend, Julie; caregiver and friend for over 12 years, Tobo and family; her sisters in Christ, Pastor R.M. Puryear and Anita Lewis of Bethel Rock House of Prayer of Newark, OH; Mother Jean Sharp of The City of David Church, and her bonus nephew, “Friday.” Aunt Christal loved God and dedicated her life to service. She worked in the food industry for over 30 years before she was forced to retire in 2005 due to becoming ill.
To know Aunt Christal was to love her. Her favorite saying was that she “never met a stranger” and if you were fortunate enough to meet her then you exactly what that saying meant. She was the person that you could go to for anything and she knew how to get everything. Her family was the most important thing in the world to her and she loved each and every one of them to the fullest. No one had a bigger heart than her.
Aunt Christal was never blessed with any children of her own, but you couldn’t tell her that her nieces and nephews didn’t belong to her and she would “kill a rock” for any one of them. Her niece, Tamika, was her long-time caregiver and the daughter that she was always wanted, but her love for anyone of her family members was unmatched, and we will miss her dearly. Although the life of Aunt Christal was short, it can remind us of the preciousness of life. She packed so much love into the time she spent on this earth, that those she touched should understand that it’s not about the quantity of years, it’s about the quality of your existence. Always remember her smile, her infectious laugh, and her will to carry on through the toughest of times.