Cheryl Lee Fort, 66, of Wellsville, Mo., died at 9:20 a.m. on Friday, February 3, 2012, at the Landmark Hospital in Columbia, Mo.
Cheryl Lee Fort was born July 22, 1945 in Mexico, Mo., to Donald Phillips Talbott and Helen Selleck Talbott. She graduated from Community R-VI High School and attended Gem City Business College. On November 29, 1963, she married Edward Lee Rice, who preceded her in death in 1983. Cheryl then married Gene Fort March 8, 1986, whom also preceded her in death on September 28, 2011. Cheryl worked for Scott Agency in Montgomery City for the last 26 years. She was a member of the Wellsville Methodist Church in Wellsville, Mo. and enjoyed needlework, crocheting, knitting, working jigsaw puzzles and framing them, and cake decorating. Cheryl was also a former 4-H leader.
Cheryl is survived by her mother, Helen Selleck Talbott and two children: Charles Rice and wife, Anne, of Greencastle, Pa.; Tracey Stuhlman and husband, Ted, of Summerville, S.C; Also surviving are two step-children: Cindy Ainsworth of Whitewater, Mo.; and Steve Fort and wife, Kerry, of Wellsville, Mo.; grandchildren: Heather, Eddie, Saura, T.J., Robbie, Amy, and Ryan; two great-grandsons: Trevor and Gavin; two brothers: Donald Eugene Talbott and wife, Phyllis, of Vandalia, Mo.; and Roy Phillip Talbott and wife, Jackie, of New London, Mo.; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
Cheryl was preceded in death by her father, Donald Phillips Talbott; two husbands, Edward Lee Rice and Raymond “Gene” Fort; step-son, Bryan Fort; and step-son-in-law, Vernon Ainsworth.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, February 7, 2012, at the Schlanker Funeral Home in Montgomery City, Mo. The Rev. Mark Spence will officiate and interment were in the Montgomery City Cemetery in Montgomery City, Mo. Visitation will be held from 4 p.m until 7 p.m. on Monday at the Schlanker Funeral Home in Montgomery City, Mo. Casketbearers include Bob O’Shea, Gary Tolbert, Jason Goran Tom Becker, Michael Talbott and William “Bill” Rice. Honorary casketbearer includes Kevin Bentley.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the United Methodist/Presbyterian Church of Wellsville; The American Lung Association; or to the MO Cancer Associate of Columbia, Mo.; c/o Schlanker Funeral Home, 207 Danville Road, Montgomery City, MO 63361.
Condolences may be made to www.schlankerfuneralhome.com