Ruth Patricia Halkard Fortney was born October 3, 1925 in Passaic, New Jersey and passed away January 4, 2021 in Billings Montana at age 95. She moved to Montana in 1946, the same year she married Frederick Harrison Fortney, Jr.. They moved from Harlowtown, Montana to Billings shortly after their marriage and Ruth has lived here ever since. She was the PBX switchboard operator at Montana Power for years. Previous to 1974, Ruth was active in the Order of the Eastern Star and Beauceant. In 1974 she and Fred became active members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served a mission for the church in Portland, Oregon from 1995-1996. Ruth was widowed in 2000. She loved to dance, travel, sew and serve the community and her church. She is survived by her daughter Nicki Lynn Fortney of Billings, daughter Patricia Dilger Walker of New York and son Robert Jacobs, of New Jersey, and numerous other dear relatives.
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Graveside service for Ruth will be January 11, 2021 at Sunset Memorial Gardens, 1721 Central Ave., Billings, MT at 11:00am. No chairs are provided so bring a portable one if needed.