Obituary of Evelyn L. Fortney
Evelyn Louise (Butterfield) Fortney, 96, Marion, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, April 2, 2019. She was born on October 27, 1922, to the late Hazel (Ford) Butterfield and Claude Lee Butterfield. She married Robert Dale Fortney on Easter Sunday morning, April 21, 1946, and they celebrated 65 years of marriage before Robert’s death on April 30, 2011.
She worked in the cafeteria at Marion High School and McCulloch Middle School for 17 years. She was also a telephone operator for Bell Telephone during World War II and worked in the Bookkeeping Department at Delta Manufacturing.
Evelyn was a life-time member of First Church of God and former Sunday school teacher. She led Thursday morning prayer meetings in her home until her health forced her to move into Miller’s Merry Manor. Evelyn’s heart was always in her church work, but her true calling was being a prayer warrior. If you told her a concern or worry, you could count on her to take it before the Lord! She would pray until there was an answer. We can’t imagine the world without our mother’s prayers.
She is survived by four daughters: Linda (Ronald) Baxter, Marion; Cathy (Patrick, deceased) Earnest, Powell, OH; Amy (Dr. J Cary) Harris, West Unity, OH; and Mary Beth Fortney, Cincinnati, OH; 8 grandchildren: Michael (Michelle) Baxter, Lesley (Rev. Steven) Sparks, R. Nathan (Lori) Harris, Daryl (Denise) Earnest, Adrienne (Todd) Holtzlander, Elizabeth Schuurman, Becca (Jason) Altman, and Sara (Ricky) Risley; and 17 great-grandchildren, with one on the way.
In addition to her parents and husband, Evelyn was preceded in death by her infant daughter, Leslie Kay Fortney; sister, Mary Elizabeth Fortney; two brothers, Robert Butterfield and infant David Butterfield; and son-in-law, Patrick Earnest.
The family will receive visitors from 10 a.m. to 12 noon with Evelyn’s funeral service beginning at 12 noon on Saturday, April 6, 2019, at First Church of God, 450 W. 50th St., Marion, IN. Pastor Jonathan Secrest, Pastor William Fulda, and Pastor Steven Sparks will co-officiate the service. Burial will follow at Gardens of Memory
Arrangements are entrusted to Needham-Storey-Wampner Funeral Service, North Chapel, 1341 N. Baldwin Ave., Marion, IN.
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