Ida Margaret Forbau | 1923-2014

Published Saturday, March 8, 2014

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Ida M. “Teeny” Cartwright Forbau

Ida M. “Teeny” Cartwright Forbau, 91, died Wednesday, March 5, 2014, in Fort Worth.

Funeral is 2 p.m. Saturday, March 8, at First United Methodist Church in Decatur with the Revs. Brian McPherson and Brian Bosworth officiating. Burial will follow at Oaklawn Cemetery.

Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.

Teeny was born Jan. 12, 1923, to Forrest and Flora (Kelly) Howard in Quanah. She married Charles Allen Cartwright Sept. 6, 1941. He died in 1961, and she married Bernhart “Bud” Forbau May 24, 1968, in Dallas.

Teeny was a retired Decatur elementary librarian. She also worked as a director at a senior center in Vernon. Teeny volunteered at Wise Regional Health System in Decatur, where she made more than 1,000 teddy bears for children who were hospitalized. She also collected hats for cancer patients.

Teeny loved watching all types of birds, especially purple martins, and could identify most of the birds surrounding her home.

Early on, Teeny sang in the choir at the Decatur Methodist Church and had a fine voice. Later, her voice changed so that family described it as similar to Edith Bunker. Teeny always called everyone on their birthday and sang happy birthday, and her grandchildren got quite a kick out of her Edith Bunker voice.

She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Decatur for 74 years.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother Jack “Junior” Howard; her first husband, C.A. Cartwright; son Jim Cartwright in 1971 during the Vietnam War; her second husband, Bud Forbau in 2009; and daughter Jane Cartwright in 1947.

She is survived by her daughter, Judy Cartwright Ratzlaff and husband, Roger, of Willow Park; grandchildren Jerl E. McKinney and wife, Cathy, of Kiowa, Colo., James A. McKinney and wife, Candi, of Willow Park, Jana M. McKinney Porter of McKinney, and Mark Ratzlaff and Laila of Fort Worth; great-grandchildren Catherine McKinney Larson and husband, Jed, Kelly McKinney, Jessica McKinney Mozjesik and husband, Brenden, James H. McKinney, Evan Porter and Lauren Porter; great-great-grandchildren Boaz Larson, Karah Larson, Jackson Mozjesik and Savannah Mozjesik; brother Bill Howard; other family members; and many friends.

Memorials may be made to Texas A&M Sul Ross Scholarship in memory of Jim Cartwright, Texas A&M Foundation, 401 George Bush Dr., College Station, TX 77840-2811.

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