Mary Paige Forrester

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Raleigh - Mary Paige Forrester, age 51, died unexpectedly in her home on April 28, 2018, of natural causes. She was loved and treasured by all who knew her and favored by any who encountered her effervescent hospitality. Her impressive, short-lived career began with Catherine Painter, in the chorus at East Gaston High School,’84. It continued as a theatre major at Wake Forest University, ‘89, under the tutelage of Dr. James Dodding in dialect and direction, and Maya Angelou in eloquent recitation and dynamic delivery. She worked for Shubert Theaters in New York City as a payroll manager and technical intern, while pursuing her passion for the performing arts.

Mary Paige established two federal contact centers supporting Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and launched and supervised the State of North Carolina Child Support Enforcement and Food Stamp Distribution Management Programs. By Presidential appointment, she became Program Manager for the newly established Department of Homeland Security TSA Contact Center. An accomplished global project manager and innovator in the Information Technology industry, she designed and implemented The Employee Emergency Disaster System (TEEDS). TEEDS established the federal response protocol to natural and manmade disasters. Family, friends, and colleagues dubbed Mary Paige an “extraordinarily gifted techie genius.”

Mary Paige was an active member of Fuquay-Varina United Methodist Church, singing in the Traditional Worship Choir and with the Contemporary Praise Team, and became the technical consultant for her husband’s Christian rock band, “Soul Evidence.” She also enjoyed her friends in “Wild, Wacky, Women of the World” and championed conservative, Christian traditional values.

She was preceded in death by her father, Senator James Summers Forrester, Sr., MD and maternal uncle, Thomas Edison All.

Mary Paige is survived by her loving husband, Thomas Sullivan Blalock, Jr.; mother, Mary Frances All Forrester; siblings, Wynn Forrester Maxwell and family, Gloria Forrester Lucioni and family, and James Summers Forrester, Jr., MD and family; mother and father-in-law, Tom and Betty Blalock; sister-in-law, Lisa Blalock Lineback and family; maternal aunt, Sally All Beach and children, Libby Beach Nessley, Susan Beach and John Beach; cousin, Delores All Morrison, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and beloved extended family.

A memorial service to celebrate Mary Paige’s life will be held at Fuquay-Varina United Methodist Church, 100 South Judd Parkway, on Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 2:00pm; visitation at the church following the service. A second service, graveside at Hillcrest Gardens Cemetery, 1508 Charles Raper Jonas Highway, Mt. Holly, NC will be held on Sunday at 3:00pm. The family will receive friends at First Baptist Church Family Life Center in Stanley at 4:00pm after the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Wake Forest University School of Medicine, James S. Forrester, Sr., MD Family Medicine Endowment, c/o Office of Development, PO Box 571021, Winston-Salem, NC 27157.