Ida Mae Fortna, 94, of Pontiac, died at 5:18 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, at the ASTA Care Center of Pontiac.
Cremation rites have been accorded. A memorial service will take place at a later date.
Calvert & Martin Funeral Home, Pontiac, has charge of arrangements.
Ida Mae was born Dec. 7, 1918, in Wyoming, a daughter of Charles and Minnie (Conrad) King. After their early deaths, she was adopted by her aunt and uncle, George and Elsie Oltman. She married Howard Fortna Oct. 3, 1935, in Roanoke. He preceded her in death in August of 1999.
She is survived by four children, Roger (Jean) Fortna, Dan Diego, Calif., Connie (George) Sweitzer, Pontiac, Linda Eggenberger, Lexington, and David (Liliane) Fortna, Belgium; one brother, Robert Oltman, Pontiac; 10 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by her parents, her adoptive parents and one brother, Ronald Oltman.
Ida Mae owned and operated a beauty shop from her home for many years.
After retiring, she and Howard moved to Florida for 25 years.
Ida Mae was a prolific writer of poetry and could create a poem for any occasion, mood or special person. Music was another of her passions, and she enjoyed many years directing the Junior Choir at her church. She also wrote the words and music to several hymns and created her own 90th “birthday song.”
She was happiest when surrounded by her family and many friends. Her faith was unwavering and she was a lifelong member of the First Lutheran Church in Pontiac. “God has blessed us with Mother’s presence in our lives. Her enthusiasm, warmth and talents have motivated each of us and will live within us forever.”
The family wishes to convey a special thank you to the caring people of ASTA Care and Passages Hospice.
Memorials in Ida Mae’s name may be left to the ASTA Care Center of Pontiac, the First Lutheran Church in Pontiac or Passages Hospice.
Condolences may be made to the family at