Searching for, and even finding, obituaries for women can be frustrating. In the past they were often only referred to by their husband’s name. Mrs. Fortenberry or Mrs. Jesse Fortenberry can refer to more than one woman in my records. However, this obituary is informative. It gives the deceased’s first name and her maiden name. It also lists her daughters by their first names! Hurray!
Susan Ryals Fortenberry
1857 - 1935
Mrs. Susan Ryals Fortenberry, widow of the late Jesse Fortenberry, succumbed at her home in the New Zion community of Walthall county recently. Deceased leaves four sons and four daughters. Sons are: George, Esley, John and Willis Fortenberry, all of Walthall county. Daughters are: Mrs. Dixie Hopgood, McComb; Mrs. Sarah Smith, Prentiss; Mrs. Ruby Wood and Mrs. Nellie McDaniel, Tylertown. Internment was in the family cemetery with the Reverends W. F. Gunn and James S. Bryant officiating. Mr. Fortenberry during his lifetime was a leading farmer of this section and a prominent member of the Fortenberry family of Pike and Walthall counties.
Mrs. Fortenberry Dies in Walthall. (McComb, MS: Semi-Weekly Journal, 7 March 1935) 1; digital image, Newspapers.com: accessed July 2018.