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.