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Fortel, Harriet E.

Fortel, Harriet E.

January 30, 1920 — May 31, 2019

Harriet Elizabeth Sprouse Fortel’s life was shaped by three vocations: as wife and partner in ministry with her husband of sixty-eight years, Rev. Marvin Fortel; as mother, grandmother, great grandmother, great-great grandmother and matriarch; and as an artist whose media were beautifully made clothing, quilts, and other handcrafts. Just a week before her death she was using her creativity crocheting gifts for others. She had a well-developed sense of fun and foolishness, and a keen eye for human eccentricities. A woman of many and strong opinions, she shared them freely.

Born in rural Braymer, Missouri on January 30, 1920, Harriet Fortel died in Blue Springs, Missouri, on May 31, 2019. Her husband, her son, Don, her daughter, Leslie, her grandson, Ethan, and her two brothers preceded her in death.

Marvin and Harriet had five children: Deborah (David Sawyer), Leslie, Valerie (Roscoe Righter), David (Hope Tinker), and Don (Missy McCoy); nine grandchildren:   Stephanie Smith, Aaron Smith (Kelli Harsch); Carolyn Scudder (Mike), Braden Young (Donna); Summer Dawn Righter-Askin (Josh), Ben Fortel (Jenny), Lily Tinker-Fortel (Steve Wiggins), Emma Tinker-Fortel, and Eli Tinker-Fortel; thirteen great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandson.

Harriet was deeply connected to and well loved by her family, the congregation of the First United Methodist Church of Blue Springs, the members of her PEO chapter, and her many friends. In addition to her service to her congregation, Harriet served for many years as a volunteer at St. Mary’s Hospital in Blue Springs, Missouri. Her lifelong practice was to take an interest in other people and look for ways to use her gifts to their benefit.

The Memorial Service will be on June 8 at 10:30 AM, with visitation at 9:00 AM, at the First United Methodist Church of Blue Springs, Missouri. Memorial gifts are preferred to First United Methodist Church of Blue Springs, or to NEWHOUSE for women victims of domestic abuse.

Arrangements: Park Lawn Northland Chapel (816) 781-8228.

Service Information

The Memorial Service will be on June 8 at 10:30 AM, with visitation at 9:00 AM, at the First United Methodist Church of Blue Springs, 301 SW Woods Chapel Rd., Blue Springs, Missouri, 64015. Memorial gifts are preferred to First United Methodist Church of Blue Springs, or to NEWHOUSE for women victims of domestic abuse.

Fortel, Harriet E.'s Guestbook

She is the spit fire with a sparkle in her eyes who everyone adores. I feel so selfish in being heartbroken at her passing as I know, without a shadow of a doubt, that she is with Marvin in Heaven already catching him up in all that he has missed along with Leslie and the rest of her loved ones. I also can't wait to see her again there and see the mazing mansion she has surely helped in preparing. I know that Heaven has received an extremely rare exotic jewel in Harriet inwhich none can ever compare. Miss and love you Miss Harriet!

Betty Thurman Hartwig

Truly a incredible lady that I had the pleasure of meeting. Looked forward to her presence in my office each year. My thoughts to Valerie and Roscoe.

Robin Thompson

This world's loss, but heaven's gain. A truly remarkable woman, dedicated to serving others. Every encounter was uplifting, filled with laughter and positive thoughts. United as Methodist Women, PEO sisters, and above all as a true friend and encourager for Jeannine, my wife now deceased, her life has been a model for which we give thanks to God.

Darwyn Van Gorp

Harriet was a long time member of our Sunday school class. We loved hearing her opinions, and occasionally she would treat us to a talk about her life and family. We were blessed to know her, and she will be missed by all.

Tina and Mitchell Peil

I only had the pleasure of knowing Harriet for a short time over at The Parkway. She was so much fun and always struck me as having a mischievous streak. This phrase included in her obituary seemed to be a perfect description; "She had a well-developed sense of fun and foolishness..." My deepest condolences on your loss. She will be missed.

Charlotte Witthar

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