Wed, 08/09/2017 - 4:32pm admin
Theresa Fortune, age 56, Philip, S.D., died Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017, at her home in Philip.
Theresa was born July 17, 1961, in Rapid City to Robert and Carole Rogers. She graduated from Rapid City Central High School in 1979. After high school, she entered the workforce in Wyoming and Nebraska with the railroad. She did not push a pen, she swung a hammer.
On March 30, 1990, she married Casey Fortune and spent many years working on the ranch and raising a family – she loved the ranch life. Her children were her pride and joy. She enjoyed all their activities from music concerts, rodeos, basketball and football. She was always excited to see which career paths her children would pursue. Her second love was gardening and battling the grasshoppers and rabbits every year. She also loved talking about the moonlight coyote hunts.
She had a deep affinity for Pactola Lake. She was always looking for partners in crime to go to the lake on her pontoon to hang out at Jenny Gulch and swim. She was a lover of nature. She enjoyed evening walks at the ranch, hiking, rock hunting and cross country skiing. With her love of nature, she enjoyed photographing sunsets, wild animals, horses, cattle and many rodeos.
She had a strong bond for family and friends. She loved visiting with them near and far. Any occasion to have a family gathering filled her heart with happiness and joy. But spending time with her three grandchildren is what made her heart blossom.
Survivors include her husband, Casey Fortune; four children, Tiekola Fortune and fiancé, Randy Marymee, West Point, Neb., Toyeala Cuka and her husband, Miles, Philip, Trey Fortune and his wife, Hannah, Milesville, and Ta’Te Fortune, Philip; three grandchildren, Randall Chance “R.C.” Marymee, and Fairlyght and Cinch Fortune; three brothers, William C. Rogers and his friend, Fran Hengel, Hermosa, Christopher D. Rogers, Edgemont, and Timothy F. Rogers and his wife, Christine, Rapid City; two sisters, Danielle R. Matson and her husband, Eric, Phoenix, Ariz., and Jennifer A. Gabe and her husband, Larry, Oregon; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Theresa was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Carole Rogers; and two brothers, Gerald and Robert Rogers.
A memorial visitation will be held from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. with a wake service at 7:00 p.m. Friday, Aug. 11, at Rush Funeral Home in Philip.
Memorial services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 12, at the American Legion Hall in Philip with Father Gary Oreshoski officiating.
Arrangements are with Rush Funeral Home of Philip.