Helen Earnestine Britton Fortner, 91, of DeQueen, died October 28, 2022 at Little River Nursing and Rehab with her son John by her side. She was born on 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. From this union, they raised four children Mike, John, Patti and Billy Fortner.
Helen graduated from the University of Hatfield, as she told many, in 1949. She was employed at the Van-Cove School as a chef during the school year and during the summer she was employed at Bogg Springs Baptist Camp as a chef. Helen enjoyed her years of work at school and camp, she touched the lives of many children and adults during her employment. She was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Cove where she taught Sunday school and volunteered at the 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, her stepdaughter Chyrel Fortner (wife of John), her grandchildren Chris, Steve, JT, Dawn, Will, Carrie Fortner and Jason Youngblood. She also leaves many great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews to cherish her memory. Helen had several close friends in her life, but two couples were always there for her Aleta and Jack Peebles and Phyllis and Ron Mills, she was lucky to have them in her life. She had two special nieces who kept in touch with her Claudette Holmes and Debi Barios, they were both very special to her and the light of her life in her later 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 Saviour, her husband Owen. her beloved daughter Patti, her daughter-in-law Charlene, her sisters Eva Jean, Ella June, Jeannie, her brothers John and Billy Ray, and a host of relatives and friends who have gone before her.
Visitation will be held Monday, October 31, 2022 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Beasley Wood Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas with funeral services at Buffalo Cemetery, Cove, Arkansas on Monday, November 1, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. .
The family is very grateful to Little River Nursing and Rehab for the love and care they provided to our mother during the last months of her life, she could not have felt more love and care from zero go.
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