Gladys Katherine Griffin Fortner


WESTMINSTER — Gladys Katherine Griffin Fortner, 87, of Westminster died April 24, 2017. She was born on December 3, 1929 in Westminster to W. O. Griffin and Emma Cantrell Griffin. She married G. W. Fortner in 1946 and from their union came 6 children.


Gladys graduated from Westminster High School and worked at HomeCo in McKinney. for many years. She was the first telephone operator in Westminster. She was a lifelong member of the First Baptist Church of Westminster.


She is survived by her sons, Phil Fortner and wife Janice of Westminster, Steve Fortner and wife Cheryl of Van Alstyne, Ron Fortner and wife Pam of Desert, and David Fortner and wife Angie of Van Alstyne, brother Earl Ray Griffin of Plano; 13 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.


She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband G.W. Fortner, daughter Ginger Fortner, son Mike Fortner, daughter in law Gloria Fortner, four brothers and four sisters.


Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at 3 p.m. at Scoggins Funeral Home in Van Alstyne. with burial following at Elm Grove Cemetery in Westminster. The family will receive friends at a visitation on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.


Services are under the direction of Scoggins Funeral Home & Crematory, 637 W. Van Alstyne, Pkwy. Van Alstyne, TX 75495. 903-482-5225 you may sign the online register book at www.scogginsfuneralhome.com.