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, Newspapers.com: accessed June 2020).