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Barbara Ann Fortner

January 3, 1930 — July 19, 2020

Barbara Ann Fortner

Barbara Ann Fortner, age 90, of Everson, WA, passed away peacefully Sunday, July 19, 2020 at the Whatcom Hospice House in Bellingham.

Barbara was born on January 3, 1930 to parents Elsie Marie (Wilkie) and Dale Richardson, in Upland, CA. and grew up in San Bernardino, CA. 

She was an Accountant of Merit who truly enjoyed working. 

She worked for; Bumstead-Woolford  in Woodinville, WA (CFO), San Juan Airlines, San Juan Island, WA  (CFO), Anvil Corporation, Bellingham, WA  (Controller) and The Lectronic Shoppe, Everson, WA. Barbara represented our State in the Washington Pavilion at Expo ‘86 in Vancouver, BC. She also owned and operated Bartel’s Resort on Orcas Island.  After retirement she continued to take on small accounts until she was in her 80’s.  Her hobbies included travel, bowling, crosswords, reading, and cooking.  Barbara was a member of Portal Way Church of Christ in Ferndale.  Her life was one interesting adventure after another.

Barbara married Ed Grubbs in 1947 and had one son, Ed Grubbs (Lynn) and two daughters, Diane Purtell (Steve) and Kathi Russell (Chris).  Later in life she adopted a third daughter, Terry Cook.


Ryan Russell (Jessica)
Heidi Young (Daniel)
Kyle Russell (Brianna)

Great grandchildren:

William and Thomas Russell
Maya and Ava Young
Furry great grand puppies, Penny and Banjo

In lieu of flowers, please make donations in her honor to:  Whatcom Hospice House,  2800 Douglas Ave.  Bellingham, WA. 98225.
She will be greatly missed by us all.

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