Irene Fortune, age 94, of Philip, South Dakota , died August 7, 2012, at the Philip Nursing Home.
Irene Clements was born April 20, 1918, in Haakon County, South Dakota, the daughter of Ernest and Elfreida (Meyers) Clements. She grew up and attended rural schools in the area. During her high school years, she lived with Mrs. Senechal in Philip. She learned many things from her, including cooking and cleaning.
Irene was united in marriage to Howard “Bill” Fortune on September 23, 1940, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Philip. They ranched in the Quinn area all their married life. They moved into Philip from 1970 to 1979, where they resided while some of their daughters were attending Philip High School.
After 1979, they returned to their ranch near Quinn, where they continued to reside. Her husband preceded her in death on September 4, 2000. She later moved into Philip, where she has since resided.
First and foremost, Irene was a prayer warrior. She told Kay that she didn’t know where she got her faith except for seeing how important going to Mass was for her dad as he shoveled snow so they could get there.
Irene was a true German, everything was clean, neat and tidy, windows clean, everything ironed, and the garden and yard had not a weed.
She loved feeding friends and family, and playing cards. She could whip up a meal in 30 minutes. She baked cakes, cookies, and pies. She was always expecting company.
Survivors include five daughters Kay Williams of Philip, Judy Harrington and her husband Dan of Ridgefield, Washington, Billie Hett and her husband Donn of Buffalo, Pam Dale and her husband C.K. of Philip, and MaryLou Guptill and her husband Pat of Quinn; 25 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; one sister Helen Louison of Rapid City; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Irene was preceded in death by her husband Howard “Bill” Fortune on September 4, 2000; a daughter Janet Waara; a son Scott Fortune; her parents; four brothers Carl, Charles, John and Raymond Clements; a sister Catherine Hawley; and a son-in-law Dick Williams.
Visitation will be held 5-7 p.m. Friday, August 10, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Philip, with a vigil service at 7:00 p.m.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:00 a.m. Saturday, August 11, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Philip, with Father Kevin Achbach as celebrant. Interment will be at the Masonic Cemetery in Philip.