Marceline Phyllis "Mickey" Fortmann
1929 - 2020
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MARCELINE “MICKEY” PHYLLIS
RUSSELL FORTMANN
October 14, 1929 ˜ November 8, 2020

Marceline was born in Armorel, AR. Her extraordinary beauty (big brown eyes, olive skin and raven hair) was only outshone by her vivacious, loving nature. She married Morris, a young, dashing Air Force officer and traveled the world.
Mickey instilled in her children the importance of service and volunteered in Asian orphanages and the Red Cross. After her children grew up, Mickey became a geriatric nurse. She was a strong willed, outgoing woman, who fiercely loved her family, life, and the importance of being a force for good in the world. She strongly believed in the inherent value and dignity of everyone.
Throughout her life, Mickey’s loving nature was a strong gravitational pull to all who knew her; she was the sun around which everyone revolved. She would want all her family and friends to live life to the fullest as she did.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Vernie and Buddy Russell, and Kenneth Bassett; and an infant sister.
She is survived by Morris, her husband of 64 years; their children, Morris Fortmann Jr. (wife Janet); Tracy Fortmann (husband Douglas Wilson) and Daniel Fortmann (wife Libby); grandchildren, Morris Fortmann III, Marceline Wilson and Douglas Wilson Jr.
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Published in The Columbian on Nov. 13, 2020.
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November 16, 2020
So sorry to hear of Aunt Mickey's passing. She was a great lady and we have many fond memories of spending some great times with her and Uncle Morrie when they were still traveling in their RV and would stop by to visit my parents in Louisiana. We regret not getting up to Washington to visit them in recent years. We will keep your family in our prayers.

Brian & Rosa Eleser
Brian & Rosa Eleser
November 14, 2020
I love Mickey. It is hard to speak of her in the past tense because I will love her forever.
I miss her laugh and southern charms. I miss her rancorous political discussions covering all things democratic. Her epic love and devotion for President Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton was unmatched. She was so proud that they were from her home state of Arkansas. I’ll miss how she loved me and included me in her beautiful family. I loved how she always locked arms when you walked beside her. Mickey’s love for her cats cannot be measured. Her grandson Morris called her Mama Cat to differentiate her from his other grandmother and it stuck. We all called her Mama Cat. She had a special wavelength connecting her to her feline “babies” that was magical. No cat in the neighborhood went without a hello and a pet on the head.
Her love for Morris and her children and grandchildren was a beautiful thing to witness. I jokingly call the Fortmann’s the “loud” family because they always talk over each other while making their point. Mickey usually had the last word in her clear southern drawl and a wink of her eye.
Mickey lived, laughed and loved with all the people she knew. She never met a stranger. Now she is gone and our lives will never be the same.
I love you sweet Mickey
Gretchen Merkle
Friend
November 13, 2020
Aunt Mickey was a wonderful part of my life that I will never forget. I will always remember going to her house in Blytheville visiting and loving listening to her and Uncle Morris and my dad talk and laugh. I’ll never forget her showing her love by paying for me to fly to Washington D.C. and spend several days with Tracy. I loved her and I will miss her greatly. I regret not being able to see her in her last years.
Nina Bassett Marshall
Family
November 13, 2020
I first met Morris and Marceline when they were volunteers at Bonneville Dam, when I led a field trip of 8th grade students there. After I retired from teaching, then applied for and became a National Park ranger, I went to work for Tracy as my Superintendent. Her folks and I renewed our friendship, which continued for several years until I retired. They are, a great example of a married couple who could work together - and raise a great family! Please accept our family's deepest sympathies and prayers with Marceline's passing.
John and Jan Salisbury
Friend
November 13, 2020
Although I met her in her later years when she and Morris moved to Vancouver to be near Tracy and Doug and the grandkids, her vivacity and love for her family was so strong. Hugs to all of her family who will miss her so much. Stephanie Toothman
Stephanie Toothman
Friend
November 13, 2020
Reading this I can see her memory is a blessing and comfort to her family. What an extraordinary life of adventure, love, and family. Sending sympathy and prayers that your grief in time will be replaced with only wonderful stories and memories.
Tammy Bloom
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