Helen Louise Fortney

January 1, 1928 - November 27, 2008

01/01/1928 - 11/27/2008

FORTNEY, Helen Louise “Lou” Hull, 80, of Wheeling, died Thursday, November 27, 2008 in Wheeling Hospital.

She was born January 1, 1928 in Claysville, Pa., a daughter of the late Walter and Mary Hull.

In addition to her parents, Louise was preceded in death by her husband, Cecil Fortney, Jr., whom she married October 25, 1945; a daughter, Patricia Ann Ohlinger; two sisters, Mary Annabella Hull Suttles and Betty Jane Hull Taylor; and four grandchildren.

Surviving are five children, Sharon Leach and her husband, Charlie of Moundsville, Warren “Butch” Fortney and his wife Mary Ann of Hanover, Ohio, Gary Fortney and his wife, Brenda of Birmingham, Ala., Debbie Craps and her husband, Bob of Swansea, S.C. and Walter Fortney Sr. and his wife, Cheryl of Wheeling; two brothers, Walter Ray Hull Jr. and his wife, Irene of Murrieta, Calif. and Robert Edward Hull and his wife, May of Columbus, Ohio; 27 grandchildren, 46 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren.

Louise was very proud of the size of her family. She enjoyed going to the casino and making new friends, playing bingo and spending time with her husband and family at the beaches in North Carolina and Myrtle Beach. She also loved to crochet and swing on her front porch.

At Louise’s request, there will be no visitation. Services and interment will be private and held at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Arrangements are by McCoy-Altmeyer Funeral Home, 44 15th Street, Wheeling.

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Rev. William & Mandy Craps
8 years ago

A very special lady in our hearts. Grandma is a very wonderful woman and means a lot to us. She always wanted to watch out for the family. I look forward to seeing Grandma again in Heaven and I know that she is not in pain anymore. I want her back, but I know she is in a better place and one day I see her again. For now I think of the wonderful times and the fond memories of her. Thinking of times @ the creek and how much fun the family had. We Miss you Grandma and we LOVE you greatly! Faithful Servants of the Most High GOD, Billy & Mandy, Joshua, Kailynn, Hannah, Bella, Elisha, and Caleb Craps

Julia and Ed Hatten
8 years ago

Butch, Maryann and Family,

We are so sorry to hear about your

loss. Our thoughts and prayers are

with you all at this time.

God Bless You All

Julia and Ed Hatten

Alisha Seagle
8 years ago

Dear Lulu,i know i never really got to spend time with you…but when i did i loved every minute of it.I loved sitting on your swing,and when you would tell me stories of my PawpawGary.And i am going to miss you alot.Love,Alisha.

8 years ago

Dear Walter & Family

I was deeply saddened to hear about your mother Helen My condolence to you & your famiy You are all in my thoughts & prayers May god bless you all during this time & always I will light a candle for Helen to night

Sincerely, Your friend J.Cintron

Cindy Rutland
8 years ago

Debbie, I was in Florida when your Mother went Home, please accept my condolences to you and your family. I pray that God will do for you as He did for me when my husband died. He gave me peace in my heart knowing he was free of all earthly pain and rejoicing in Heaven.


Chuck and Sheree Leach
8 years ago

Forever in our hearts—We love you.

Sharon Fritz
8 years ago

Gary & Brenda and family,

We are so sorry to hear about your loss.in these times we need to hold close to our hearts the wonderful memories.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

God Bless

The Weaver and Fritz Families

annie nice
8 years ago

grandma i still miss you so much i dont think my pain in my heart will ever go away,everything reminds me of you…. the notebook days our of our lives wheeling downs bingo i can go on and on sometimes i can feel you here with me i know u are my angel i cant wait till we can all be together again i miss calling you everyday and hearing your voice you were my rock my everything i miss and love you very much

8 years ago

Grandma was a wonderful lady although i didnt get to spend a lot of time with her i enjoyed ever moment i spent with her im very sad to see her go but shes in a better place and she doesnt have to be in pain no more. joshua craps

Shelley & John Cordone
8 years ago


I have so many fond memories of you, but one that always makes me smile is the memory of you vehemently stating that you were not going to consider my pet hamster to be one of your great-grandchildren. You always had such an amazing sense of humor and such a child-like sense of fun and wonder. I loved that about you so much. I don’t have the words to express just how much you will be missed. John and I love you.

Robin Louise
8 years ago

Grandma, I love you so much, you know Mom is greatly going to miss you as she spent most of her time with you, but she wanted to make sure you were ok. I will greatly miss you asking me to fix your hair, so I can tell you that your hair is very pretty how it is. I do know that everyone up in Heaven was really happy to see you and I know they were rejoicing when you went home. We love you Granny Good Witch and will miss you everyday…Robin, Greg, Trey, Jordan, and Gabriella

Marcie Morra-Pineda
8 years ago

Grandma, most of my adult life I have been far from you and didn’t get to see you as much as I wanted. I hope you know that I always thought of you and never forgot the great memories as a kid at your house. Even though you had a lot of grandkids we all knew without a doubt each and every one of us was special and loved. Thank yoou for being my grandma. I will miss you more than you know. We all love you very much.

Marcie, Miguel, Zaccheri and Michael

Holly Craps
8 years ago

Grandma/Great Nanny will be missed dearly!! I will hold all of her memories with me forever in my heart! She was the best Grandmother that anyone could ever ask for! We love you and will miss you very much Grandma!!

Love, Holly, Ryan and Jadyn

Rob Craps III
8 years ago

Granny good witch, I will never forget you, along with all your nic naks and your squickie floors, some day I will see you in heaven, I love you, forever!!

Sherry Bug & Todd Sisk
8 years ago

How do I say good-bye to the greatest Ya-Ya I know. I can’t. So I’ll say until we meet again, you’ll be 4-ever in my heart and thoughts. I will always love you and miss you.

Jenn Michael
8 years ago

I am really going to miss you, I wish I could have spent more time with you and I wish I could have said goodbye. You are and always will be the best grandmother anyone could have. I love you dearly grandma.

And to all my family, including my father, I send my deepest condolences. Lots of love to all, Jenn Michael and family

8 years ago


Christy & Daniel Tennant
8 years ago


butch and mary ann
8 years ago

i love you and miss you so very much

Walter R. Fortney
8 years ago

I miss you so much mom. And think about you everyday. I love you so much.

robert hull
8 years ago

i sure am going to miss you

you were always so calm and sweet.

proud and blessed to have you as a sister

8 years ago

I will always cherish all the fun I had with you at the creek.I remember a few years ago spending all my time with you I am so happy that I got that chance.We love you and will miss you very much.Love Gary,Beth,and Autumn.

Melanie Milliken
8 years ago

I would give anything for my final memory of you to be us sitting on your porch swing instead of seeing you in pain. I hope you are at peace now and I will always love you.

8 years ago

im sad that my grandma is gone but she is now in a better place she was my bestest old friend

Cheyanne Beighey
8 years ago

im very upset that my grandma is gone but im also glad that she is also now in a better place i loved her very much and am happy that i spent as much time as posable with her when i did

Gary&Brenda Fortney
8 years ago

Life is like a ship,That needs guided and thats what my Mom and Dad did for me they helped and guided me to be the person i am today.All i can really say is that God has blessed me with a wonderful mother and father.

Mom i will miss you so much. I will miss talking to you everyday. I will miss your way of encouraging me.You will be in my heart and thoughts forever.We will miss you Mom… Gary and Brenda

Walt, Karie, Alexandria, and Tyler
8 years ago

Looking back over the years, there aren’t many memories fonder than those weekends out at the creek growing up. Your joy, your wit, your love, it will never be forgotten and has forever left an impression in our hearts, minds, and souls. We miss you greatly, but we know you are in a better place now, and we will see you again one day. Love always,

Debbie Craps
8 years ago

MOM, I Miss You more and more with each passing day. Christmas was hard, but I know your Birthday this Thursday will even be harder. I Miss our phone calls,and coming to see you, but I know you are with Dad and all your other Loved ones,and my Brian and Kelly. So we have to be strong and go on for you, for I know that is what you would want, so know that you are Missed and Loved more and more with each passing day and tell Dad and All We Love Them and we’ll all have a Reunion again someday. I know the ache in our hearts will ease with time, but our memories of you will live forever in our hearts. I watched the Notebook last night and kept thinking of how we would watch that movie over and over again, and how you loved that movie and could quote the words even before they were said. I miss all the good times we had doing so much together and going to the casino, sitting there playing the slots, taking turns, and sometimes taking each others turns. Hitting our hands gently if we took a turn out of place. We sure had a lot of fun. I MISS MY BEST FRIEND, MY MOTHER.

Debbie and Robert Craps
8 years ago

Mom, I Miss You So Very Much, I Miss our long talks,and just spending time together,for you were not only my MOM, but my BEST FRIEND!

Katherine M. Price
8 years ago

Mrs. Fortney was an AWESOME lady! I truly enjoyed the time I spent in WVA with Debbie & Robert Bobbie, sitting on her porch swing talking about the days when Debbie was growing up, the grandchildren and her husband! I am blessed to have known her and even more blessed to know that she will be the first from our two families to see my baby girl, Abigail Faith in heaven! They are celebrating together along with her other grandchildren who are now watching over us and waiting for our time to join them!

You are in my prayers & God Bless

Robert Paulo
8 years ago

My deepest sympanthy and prayer to the Fortney family. I had prayed all along wiht you all. May God bless and keep all of you safe.

8 years ago

My grandma Lu-Lu, I will always love you and miss you. I will never forget you. You will always be here in my heart and memories. Love Tracy, & kids Hunter, Dawson, Mackenzie, Makailyn.

8 years ago

No one can ever replace you LULU never forget goin to the casino together,eatin your one of a kind spaghetti!!!

Now its hard to let you go because it is always hard to let someone you love so much go and be with someone you love that you have never seen,but i know you wouldnt want to come back now so go and be with Pap pap and we will see you both one day.your memeories will always be with me and you will be in my heart forever I LOVE YOU&MISS YOU SO MUCH!! Your Treenabell,and linzi

sharon leach
8 years ago

please dont you worry, please dont feel sad I’ve so blessed in all that I’ve had. I really havent left you I’m really not gone so heres where to find me so you won’t be alone—I’m in the sun that warms your face, Im in the raindrops to, Im in the wind that kisses your face my love will never leave you——I LOVE you MOM

Irene & Ray Hull
8 years ago

The distance we lived were miles apart

but we were brother and sister

in blood and in heart

I will miss our calls on the phone

where we chatted and talked

about the good times at home

but that is all in the past

but my memories of you will forever last

Marlene Lawther
8 years ago

The Fortney Family, I want to extend my sympathy to all of you. It is not easy to lose your mother. Butch, You still make her proud. Sharon, She can still hear your poetry . She is still close beside you. In a new special place.

8 years ago

To Debbie and family

We are so sorry for the loss of your mother&Grandmother.I remember meeting her when she would come down when we were neighborsGood old days I know you will miss her.We know how it feels to lose your mother.


Robert {Bobby} Craps
8 years ago

To the woman that i knew as Granny Good Witch I love you more than you’ll every know. I’ll see you in Heavan. The person that held the whole family together.

Dave and Shirley Gullette
8 years ago

Very sorry to hear of your loss.

Have great memories of visiting at your moms house as a kid.

May God comfort you during this time.


Dave and Shirley Gullette

Kathy Smith and Family
8 years ago

We are so very sorry for the loss of your loved one. We will miss her so very much. You are in our prayers. Kathy, Jason, Shay and Sydney and Aden.

Tim Bowser & Ashley Bailey
8 years ago

We are sorry for your loss. She is in a better place now. Best wishes to the family.

Tim and Ashley

Byron & PJ Calvert
8 years ago

We extend our deepest sympathies!!! You are all in our thoughts and prayers!!!

Angela Minor and Children: Jakob & Makenzey
8 years ago

We love and Deeply Miss you Great Granny! You’ll always be with us in our hearts and minds!!!!

Tami Seagle
8 years ago

We love and miss you so much!! You were an awesome grandma…u meant the world to us,especially my dad…the highlight of his day was talking to you…u will so greatly missed…..Tami,Rick,Alisha,Ryan and Noah Seagle

Sharon Corbin
8 years ago

When you called the office you always said, “This is the pest calling” knowing that I never thought that of you. You fast became a friend and I am so grateful for getting to know you and for your inviting me to dinners with you at the track. My friend, I love you and am going to miss you so much.

Clint and Carrissa
8 years ago

You and the family are in our prayers…I remember all the good memories you would share about her with me, some of the songs you use to sing, I know she had to be a GREAT woman just from all the stories. We pray ya’ll are filled with comfort and peace.

God Bless,

Clint and Carrissa