Catherine “Cathy” Forbes, 61, formerly of Middlebury


CATHERINE “CATHY” FORBES

NEWBURY, N.H. — Cathy Forbes was born on December 10, 1959 in Northfield, Vt. She peacefully passed away at her home in Newbury, N.H., on Oct. 6, 2021.

Upon graduation from Middlebury Union High School in 1977, Cathy headed west to Colorado and Utah where she spent her free time skiing. In 1979, Cathy headed to Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and Meridian, Miss., where she would work in the fitness field. Finally in 1981, she headed back to Vermont, where she would start her family. In the summer of 1984, Cathy married Kyle Kelton and together they had two children, Audrey and Taylor.

In 1989, Cathy started working at Cooperative Fire Insurance as their first female licensed Property Adjuster in both Vermont and New Hampshire. After a successful 30 years, Cathy retired to focus on her health, family and to play a lot of golf.

After moving from Middlebury to White River Junction, Cathy moved to Jaffrey, N.H., to cover regions for Co-op.  In Jaffrey, she joined the Shattuck Golf Club to meet people and improve her golf game. In doing so, it ignited her passion for golf and brought her back to the Upper Valley, where she would move to the Eastman Community in Grantham, N.H. There, she joined and was warmly welcomed by the golfing community and made many lifelong friends. Golf truly became a family affair, and when the opportunity presented itself, her daughter Audrey and her husband Eric took over the restaurant in the club house of Eastman and named it “Forbes Tavern” in her honor.

In her retirement, Cathy was blessed to see both her children get married and the birth of her two granddaughters. Cathy was a devoted mother and mother-in-law and a very proud and loving grandmother. She was a loyal friend and loving sister.  She was an independent, strong-willed fighter who loved the outdoors, the ocean and travel; never wasted a sunny day; and was passionate about golf and skiing.

Cathy was predeceased by her father, Wendell F. Forbes and her mother, Jean G. Bailey. Cathy is survived by her only sister, Donna (Forbes) Parker; her daughter, Audrey (Kelton) Calhau and her husband Eric Calhau and their daughter Blake Jean; and her son, Taylor Kelton and his wife Ashley (Smith) Kelton and their daughter Avery Catherine.

Cathy proudly supported the Darthmouth-Hitchcock Prouty organization and participated in their annual golf fundraising tournament. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Norris Cotton Cancer Center in Cathy's honor and memory. Donations can be given to Audrey at Forbes Tavern to be submitted.

A celebration of life will be held at Forbes Tavern, 6 Club House Ln., Grantham, N.H., on Saturday, Oct. 16, from 1-5 p.m.◊

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