1906 - 2010
Derenna Ellen (Freeland) Fortner, age 104, of Payson, (formerly of Phoenix and Effingham, Ill.) went to be with the Lord on Aug. 13, 2010. She was born July 9, 1906.
She was the wife of Walter (1906-1980); mother of Yvonne House of Matthews, N.C., Lois Ward of Santa Cruz, Calif., Mary England of Payson and Phyllis Burris of Phoenix; grandmother of 11; great-grandmother of 14; and great-great-grandmother of two.
She was active in her community and church having served as church treasurer for 25 years, music director, member of the board of trustees, Sunday school teacher and Missionary Society president. She served many years as an Illinois Church of God camp counselor.
Mrs. Fortner also held several offices on the Illinois State Missionary Board of the Church of God: serving as presiding council chair, council secretary, publications director and state treasurer. She was a PTA president, a Girl Scout leader and district council chairman.
She was a wonderful wife, mother, homemaker, grandparent, mentor and friend.
Graveside services and interment will be held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 31 at Arbor Crest Memorial Park in Effingham, Ill.
The family has asked that memorial donations be sent to Church of God Ministries (Global Missions), P.O. Box 2420, Anderson, IN 46012-2420.