Saturday, May 1, 2021

Forget Me Not: Myrtis Fortenberry Dodds, Born in a Hurricane

Myrtis Jane had been born during a terrible hurricane. The roof of the house was blown off; the bed her mother was lying in was broken but the "babe" was uninjured. She clearly went on to live a long life. Read the related post (below) for the details on the hurricane.
Myrtis has a connection to my heart as we were both teachers. I'm sure she touched the hearts of many children and their families.

Myrtis Jane Elizabeth Fortenberry Dodds

12 April 1882 MS – 7 June 1959 MS
Daughter of William Jackson Fortenberry & 
Canolia A. Simmons
Wife of A. M. Dodds

Mrs. Myrtis F. Dodds Dies at Meadville

Funeral services for Mrs. Myrtis Fortenberry Dodds, 77, were held at 2 p. m. Monday in Meadville. The Rev. B. T. Bishop, the Rev. Otis Jones, and the Rev. Mr. Davis were in charge. 

Mrs. Dodds died at her home near Meadville Sunday after a lengthy illness. Burial was in the Silver Springs Church cemetery in Pike County.

She was a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. W. Jack Fortenberry, and was reared in the Silver Springs church community. She married Dr. A. M. Dodds, a prominent physician in Franklin County for many years.

Mrs. Dodds spent many years of her life as a teacher, and was active also in church and community affairs. 

She leaves one daughter, Mrs. Aaron Myrt Hemphill, Meadville; one brother, Glenn Fortenberry, Progress; one sister, Mrs. Wanzie Tuttle, Tenn.; two grandsons and a great- granddaughter. 

Source: Mrs. Myrtis F. Dodds Dies at Meadville. (McComb, MS: Enterprise-Journal, 9 Jun 1959) 8; digital image, accessed June 2020).

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1 comment:

  1. Wouldn't this be just one of the worst case scenarios if you were a laboring mom about to deliver a baby?! I can't even imagine how hard it would be. So glad the baby was unharmed.


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