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Gladys Bee Fortner
1937 2023

Gladys Bee Fortner

May 23, 1937 — June 21, 2023

Gladys Bee Fortner, age 86, of Cincinnati, Ohio, passed away on Wednesday, June 21, 2023. She was born in Hoggins, a part of Gallatin County, Kentucky, on May 23, 1937, to the late Clarence and Stella Sparks (nee Estes).

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her 1st husband, Lewis R. Carney, 2nd husband, George A. Fortner, Jr., and by her siblings, Flonia Sparks, Genora Sparks Thomas, JC Sparks, Clarence Sparks, Jr., Martha Sparks Wheeler, Flora Sparks, Lula Sparks King, George Franklin Sparks, James Malcolm Sparks, and by her grandchildren, Nathan Carney and Jarid Patterson.

Gladys is survived by her children, Theresa (Paul) Carney Moore, Vannessa (Mark Price) Carney, Sheila (Ken) Patterson, Douglas Carney, Michael (Ruby) Carney, grandchildren, Rebecca Moore, Jessica Moore, Angela Moore, Ethan Carney, Annabeth (Carney) Browning, Thomas Carney, Caleb Carney, Jason Patterson, and a host of other family members and friends.

Gladys was raised as a farmer's daughter in the rolling hills of Carroll and Gallatin Counties of Kentucky. She lived for a while on a dairy farm. Eventually, the family moved to their own farm where planting and processing tobacco was a yearly process. During the Great Depression and World War II, many food items were scarce, making it a difficult time to feed a family. However, living on the farm and raising chickens, hogs, cows, and hunting wildlife provided the family with needed food. Her family also churned cream to make butter, canned fruits and vegetables, collected wild honey, and boiled sugar cane to make sorghum molasses.

During her school years, it was a normal routine for her to wake up early so she could milk the cows prior to catching the school bus. Once on the school bus, it was not unusual to find her completing her homework on the way to school, based on a farmer's lifestyle of going to bed early and rising early. Her teachers noticed her strong desire to read and learn. Sometimes Gladys wanted to read a book instead of going out for recess. This desire to learn provided her with a wealth of knowledge that was of value throughout her life.

Gladys married and moved to Cincinnati, Ohio, where she raised her family. When her children were grown, she worked outside the home and studied at a business college.

Gladys's Christian faith was an essential part of her life.

She loved to read mysteries and biographies, enjoyed puzzles, and was an animal lover. Gladys owned many animals, primarily dogs and rescued cats. She also enjoyed feeding the backyard squirrels, chipmunks, and birds.

Mom, you will be missed.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Memorials in memory of Gladys may be made to the League for Animal Welfare, 4193 Taylor Road, Batavia, OH 45103
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