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Fortner (AP)
dorothy b. fortner

Posted on July 20, 2013 at 1:00 a.m.

July 5, 1923 - July 15, 2013

ELKHART — Dorothy B. Fortner, 90, of Elkhart, passed away peacefully of natural causes at Elkhart General Hospital at 1:54 p.m. Monday, July 15, 2013.

She was born in Elkhart on July 5, 1923, to the late Ward L. “Lee” and Gladys Luce.

She married John R. Fortner on Aug. 26, 1944, in Kimmel. He passed away in 1964.

Also preceding Dorothy in death is her sister, Lily Stillson; her brother, Wendell Luce; and her grandson, Mark L. Makin.

Surviving are her children, John L. (Liang) Fortner of Denver, David B. Fortner of Dana and James E. “Jim” (Dinell Marker) Fortner, Donna M. (Carl) Brown and Joseph R. (Carla Bass) Fortner, all of Elkhart; 12 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 21, at Billings Funeral Home in Elkhart. A celebration of Dorothy’s life will continue there at 1 p.m. Monday, July 22, with visitation beginning at noon. Pastor Gary Sheets will officiate. Burial will follow in Prairie Street Cemetery in Elkhart.

Dorothy was a homemaker who enjoyed taking care of her family. She liked music and loved to sing along to her favorite country and gospel tunes. She also had a wonderful sense of humor and was overheard at her 90th birthday party saying, “I may not sing well, but I can sing loud!” She will be best remembered, however, as being a die-hard Chicago Cubs fan; forever hopeful that “next year” would bring a World Series title. Dorothy’s family has requested that those attending her funeral wear their favorite Cubs T-shirt, jersey or hat in her honor.

Donations may be given to the American Diabetes Association. Online condolences can reach the family at www.billingsfuneralhome.com.