Fannie Mae Fortenberry
Services for Fannie Mae Fortenberry, 88, Mabank, were held Sept. 13, 2008, a the Eubank Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Steve Glosup officiating.
Burial was in Oaklawn Cemetery under the direction of Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home in Mabank.
Fortenberry was born Dec. 30, 1919, in Houston to Theresa Clay and George Wead, the eighth child of 10 siblings and died Sept. 9, 2008, in Mabank.
Previously of Dallas, she had resided in Mabank for the past 24 years and was of the Catholic faith. She devoted her life to her family.
She was a homemaker and graduated from the Incarnate Word Academy in Houston in 1937, where she was an honor student
She was baptized at Immaculate Conception Church, where she received the sacrament.
Anyone working on the Frost Town Project in Houston knew the name, Fannie Mae Wead. She wrote the first story of Frost Town.
It was placed in the archives of Houstonís Beginnings.
Jesse H. Jones, owner of the Houston Chronicle, complimented her for an excellent job on the story and gave her $5, a nice sum in 1937.
These writings are now being collected in a forthcoming book.
She married Bill Fortenberry Oct. 18, 1941, at the Immaculate Conception Church in Houston. They were married 51 years, and she enjoyed her sunset years in Mabank.
Survivors include her sons Douglas Fortenberry and wife Monica, Mabank; and Dick Fortenberry, San Antonio; grandchildren Laurie Garrett and husband Wade, India; and Lisa Fortenberry, New Orleans, La.; great-grandchild Samuel Garrett; sister Patricia McBride, Colorado Springs, Colo.; nieces, nephews, other family members and many friends.

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