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Bea Fortenberry – February 8, 2017

Fortenberry Obit PicMary Beatrice “Bea” Brothers Fortenberry, 89, passed away Wednesday, February 8, 2017, at her home in Adrian after a lengthy illness.

Memorial services will be at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, February 11, 2017, at the Church of Christ in Adrian with Bret McCasland officiating.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Bea was born August 25, 1927, in Dalhart to Harve and Celia McCommas Brothers and attended school in Channing and Adrian.  On July 22, 1944, she married Jake Fortenberry.  They farmed in Adrian for 72 years and raised three children, and was a dedicated homemaker.  She was featured in the Amarillo Globe-News for making her famous Coconut Pies.

Bea served a number of years at the Post Office and retired as Postmaster in 1989.  Bea taught Children’s Bible classes for many years.  She was Woman of the Year for Oldham County in 2000, an avid artist and obtained an art and decorating degree.

She loved sports and never missed her children’s basketball games, even through the college years.  She also was an avid volleyball player and world traveler and traveled extensively in Europe and China.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Harvey; and a sister, Jeanette “Button” Broadsgaard.

Survivors include her husband, Jake, of 72 years; two daughters, Coralie Cox and husband Speck, of Hale Center and Patty Griggs, of Lubbock; a son, Mack, and his wife, Cindy, of Denver; six grandchildren, Jake, Nikki, Mandy, Cody, Richelle and Zeke; 11 great-grandchildren; and 1 great-great-granddaughter.

The family suggests memorials to Key to the Kingdom, 1406 SW 62nd, Amarillo, TX 79118; or a favorite charity.

The family will be at the funeral home in Vega, 110 S. Main, from 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Friday evening.


  • Mina Fields Johnson Posted February 10, 2017 7:50 pm

    There will never be anyone like Bea. She was warm and smart and funny. She was talented in so many ways. I always looked forward to an invitation to her home. The Wednesday morning coffee group won’t be the same without her. She lived her life well; it was a privilege to know her.

  • Cindy Belt Posted February 11, 2017 12:06 am

    So sorry for your loss. Praying for comfort.

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