Helen Earnestine Britton Fortner Obituary

Helen Earnestine Britton Fortner, 91 years of age, of DeQueen, passed away October 28, 2022, in Little River Nursing and Rehab with her son John by her side. She was born December 20, 1930, to John and Callie Hasley Britton. Helen had two brothers John and Billy Ray and four sisters Eva Jean, Ella June, Jeannie, and Midge. Helen married the love of her life Owen Fortner on May 13, 1949, to this union they raised four children Mike, John, Patti, and Billy Fortner.

Helen graduated from Hatfield University, as she told many, in 1949. She was employed at Van-Cove School as Head Cook during the school year and during the summer was employed at Bogg Springs Baptist Camp as head cook. Helen enjoyed her years working at the school and the camp, she touched many children and adult lives during her employment. She was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Cove where she taught Sunday School and volunteered in Vacation Bible School; later after moving to DeQueen she attended Memorial Baptist Church until her health prevented her from attending.

Helen is survived by three of her children Mike, John, Billy, daughter in law Chyrel Fortner (John’s spouse), grandchildren Chris, Steve, JT, Dawn, Will, Carrie Fortner and Jason Youngblood. She also leaves several great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews to cherish her memory. Helen had several close friends during her life, but two couples were always there for her Aleta and Jack Peebles and Phyllis and Ron Mills, she was blessed to have them in her life. She had two special nieces that kept in touch with her Claudette Holmes and Debi Barios they were both very special to her and the light of her life during her last several years was Vi Leeper her great-granddaughter who lived next door, they loved each other dearly.

Helen now rests in peace with her Lord and Savior, her husband Owen. her beloved daughter Patti, daughter-in-law Charlene, sisters Eva Jean, Ella June, Jeannie, brothers John and Billy Ray, and a host of family and friends that passed before her.

Visitation will be Monday, October 31, 2022, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Beasley Wood Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas with graveside services at Buffalo Cemetery, Cove, Arkansas on Monday, November 1, 2022, at 10:00 am.

The Family is very thankful to Little River Nursing and Rehab for the love and care they gave our mother during the last several months of her life, she could not have experienced more love and care anywhere.

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10-30-22 2:54 PM KAWX.ORG