Virginia Elizabeth “Cheita” (Posey) Fortson, 79, of 11 West Chestnut St. Mount Union, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2022, peacefully at home with her family by her side.
Born Sept 8, 1943, in Mount Union, she was the daughter of the late Violet (Posey) Norris.
She is survived by her husband, Donald Lee Fortson Sr., to whom she was united in marriage Feb. 18, 1972, in Lewistown.
Mrs. Fortson is survived by her children, Brian Fortson and wife, Donna, Marietta; Donald Fortson Jr., Mount Union; and Nicole Walker and husband, Solomon Jr., Clarksburg, Maryland. She is also survived by six grandchildren, Kayla McCoy, Alexis Fortson, Hannah McCoy, Dennisha Fortson, DaeLynn McGeary and Brianna Fortson; and three great-grandchildren.
She is also survived by a sister, Ella Cauthen, Philadelphia, and two brothers, Melvin Norris Jr., Oshkosh, Wisconsin, and Kelvin Norris, Lewistown.
Mrs. Fortson was lifelong member of Bethel AME church in Mount Union. As a member, Mrs. Fortson was active in the following capacities: church stewardess, secretary and treasurer of the Mary Brown Missionary Ministry and kitchen coordinator. Additionally, she was also active in the adult choir.
Mrs. Fortson was 1961 graduate of Simon Gratz High School in Philadelphia.
After graduation, she was employed at Elco Corp. in Huntingdon. Mrs. Fortson’s hobbies were her love of animals —especially bird watching and her aquarium, reading, needlework and television shopping networks. Mrs. Fortson was her husband’s biggest cheerleader with his coaching and involvement in community sports.
Friends and family will be received from 10 a.m. Monday Jan. 2, 2023, until the time of service at 1 p.m. at the Heath-Anderson Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 61 E. Shirley St., Mount Union, with the Rev. Deborah Widget and Rev. Sylvia Morris officiating.
Those who wish may make memorial contributions to the Bethel AME Church Missionary Ministry, 16 W. Grant St., Mount Union, PA 17066.
Condolences may be made at AndersonFamilyFuneralHomes.com and www.huntingdondailynews.com/obituaries.
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Cloudy with occasional showers for the afternoon. High 52F. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 50%..
Cloudy with occasional showers late at night. Low 47F. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 50%.
Updated: January 2, 2023 @ 2:00 am
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