Elizabeth Fern (Fortney) Choate

Posted September 19, 2013 at 11:35 am


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Elizabeth Fern Choate, 91, of El Dorado Springs, passed away on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, in Community Springs Healthcare Facility, El Dorado Springs. She was born north of Filley on Dec. 21, 1921, to Henry Scott Fortney and Bessie Ellen (Messick) Fortney. She was the seventh of eight children. Fern was a member of the El Dorado Springs Church of Christ.

In September 1937, Fern married John Marion Gundy. To this union two children were born, John Henry Gundy, who died at birth, and John Woodrow Gundy.

Fern and a sister lived a number of years in California, where she worked for several companies, including Knott’s Berry Farm. While in California, she met and married Eli Choate on Oct. 31, 1965. After Eli retired from the Navy, they moved back to Missouri, where they lived the remainder of their lives.

Fern was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Bessie Fortney; her husband, Eli Choate; her sons, John Henry Gundy and John Woodrow Gundy; brothers – Glenn, Ray and Carl Fortney; and sisters, Murrel Headley and Erma Garrett.

Survivors include sisters, Helen Bishop – El Dorado Springs and Betty Kelly and husband, Harold – Wichita, KS; grandchildren, Kim Kelley – Carl Junction and Jason Gundy – Nixa; great-grandchildren, Darrian and Deardin Kelley- Carl Junction; and numerous nephews and nieces.

Services were held Monday, Sept. 16, in Bland-Hackleman Funeral Home with David Studer officiating. Musical selections were “I’ll Fly Away” and “When We All Get to Heaven.” Interment followed at the El Dorado Springs City Cemetery under the direction of Bland-Hackleman Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Kent Fortney, Tate Thoreson, Ken Fortney, Mike Gurley, Drew Moran and Bill Bishop.

Online condolences may be left at www.blandhackleman.com.