Fortner, Helen Morton

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amem_victorian.jpgHelen Morton Fortner, 80, of Pulaski, died on Saturday, November 25, 2006 in the Pulaski Community Hospital. She was born in West Virginia on March 6, 1926 and was the daughter of the late Cora and Kennedy Morton of West Virginia. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Charles William Fortner, and by three brothers, John, Claude, and Sheldon Morton.

She was a member of the Aldersgate United Methodist Church, Pulaski. She served the community in the late 1950’s as a Union President for Sweet Orr Company and coordinated many minstrel talent shows. She was employed at Radford Arsenal for over 20 years and was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the VFW. Helen will be remembered as a devoted and loving family member and a friend to all who crossed her path. She was a woman who always thought of others.

Surviving are her daughter and son-in-law, Debbie and Johnny Columbus of Charlotte, N.C.; two granddaughters, Ashley and Kelli Columbus of Charlotte, N.C.; three sisters, Irene Buckland of Roanoke, Kate Dalton of Pulaski, and Louise Martin of Pulaski; two brothers, Alfred Morton of Pulaski and Elmer Morton of Roanoke; four special nieces who were like daughters to her, Sharon McKinny of Pulaski, Betty Sue Justice of Pulaski, Kathy Heer of Fairfax, and Peggy Osborn of Pittsburg, Pa.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, November 28, 2006 at 11 a.m. from Stevens Funeral Chapel with the Rev. John Grimm officiating. Burial will follow in the Highland Memory Gardens, Dublin. Visiting will be on Tuesday morning, from the funeral home where the family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until the service hour.

The family wishes that memorials be made to the Alzheimers Association, Central & Western Virginia Chapter, Roanoke Region, 2728 Colonial Avenue, SW, Suite #2, Roanoke, Va. 24015.

Arrangements by Stevens Funeral Home, Pulaski.