She had grown up in Southeast Missouri and lived in St. Louis and then California for 20 years before returning to Dexter in 1976. She had worked at Arvin Automotive for 30 years and was a member of the Dexter Eagles Aerie and the U.A.W. Local. She had attended the Assembly of God Church in Dexter.
On April 7, 1964, she marrie Johnie Jefferson Casey in Inglewood, Calif. He preceded her in death on Feb. 2, 1982.
Surviving are one daughter and spouse, Christine and Calvin Sandlin of Dexter, Mo.; four grandchildren, Linda Kirkpatrick, Dylan, Aaron and Quentin Sandlin, all of Dexter; two great-grandchildren, Larissa Throckmorton and Colton Lane Grigery, both of Dexter; one brother, Charles Marler of Hillsboro, Mo.; and two special nephews, Rocky and Jimmy Fortner both of Spokane, Wash. Other family and friends also survive.
She was preceded in death by two brothers, George Leroy Fortner and James Edward Fortner in infancy.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012, from 5 - 8 p.m. at Watkins & Sons Funeral Home in Dexter, Mo.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 9, 2012, at Watkins & Sons Chapel, with the Rev. Phil Warren of Dexter, Mo., officiating.
Interment will be in the Bloomfield Cemetery in Bloomfield with Watkins & Sons Funeral Service of Dexter in charge of arrangements.