Dorothy Rose Saunders Clement Fortneyof North Little Rock, AR, 1934 - 2022
DOROTHY ROSE SAUNDERS CLEMENT FORTNEY of North Little Rock, daughter of William A. (Babe) and Pearl Moffitt Saunders, passed away on September 9, 2022.
Dorothy was born June 16, 1934, in Little Rock. She was blessed with a happy, carefree childhood, loving parents, and a caring older brother, William A. (Bill) Saunders Jr. She attended Little Rock public schools graduating from Little Rock High School in 1952. She attended William Woods College in Fulton, Mo., for one year and completed her studies at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville where she was a member of Zeta Tau Alpha.
After college she worked for Hallmark Cards in Kansas City, Mo., where she met and married a freshman dental student from Lonoke, AR, Lemuel Vance Clement. Upon receiving his dental degree, they lived at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., for two years while he served in the Army.
Returning to North Little Rock to establish a dental practice, they raised three sons, Scott Thomas Clement, David William Clement and Lemuel Vance Clement, Jr. Dorothy was a stay-at-home mom for 10 years and spent many happy hours watching her sons participate in every sport, Cub and Boy Scout activity, the PTA and in the high school and U of A Band. A special pleasure for her was having all the boys' friends play basketball in the driveway and football in the front yard.
She returned to the work force with Penn Mutual Life Insurance for 13 years and eventually became an agent. She later worked as an Administrative Assistant to the Director of Arkansas State Parks where she retired.
Dorothy was always involved in community activities: Pulaski County Dental Auxiliary, Junior League of North Little Rock, North Little Rock Progressive League, P.E.O., Life Quest, and several bridge clubs. Lakewood United Methodist Church was very important to her, and she served and supported the church in various capacities throughout her life.
Dorothy considered herself a very lucky and blessed woman. She loved, and she was loved. Her boys were devoted to her. She had a special circle of five fun, zany, widows who comprised "The Flaming Spoon Dinner Club" and were simply known as "The Spoons". After meeting for three years, they decided to publish a cookbook. The Spoons were in the newspaper; were on morning TV; and were asked to speak at clubs in central Arkansas and the surrounding area. In the end, they sold over 3,000 cookbooks and mailed them to almost every state in the USA as well as a few overseas. They Spoons were always there for each other both in good times and bad. Dorothy especially enjoyed travel including her European trips when Vance lived in Belgium and a backpacking trip through Austria, Italy, and Spain with David. She also enjoyed entertaining and planning events for family and friends, as well as reading, bridge, walking and gardening.
She was a poor manager of time. She always tried to squeeze in too much and was usually (always) late. She adored sweets and coffee in that order, loved ballroom dancing and as a widow learned to square dance. She liked to hike and climbed Mt. Magazine in her fifties which she regarded as one of her greatest days. She enjoyed photography and she loved going to Mountain Harbor on Lake Ouachita with family and friends. She started (and quit) many things such as substitute teaching, French 101, beginner handbells, exercise class, being an Encourager at a neighborhood elementary school, church choir, teaching Sunday School, and Weight Watchers. Two goals she never reached were as a little girl she wanted to work behind the salad counter at Franke's Cafeteria, and in her teens wanted to be a Rockette at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. She also enjoyed writing. She even wrote this obituary so her sons wouldn't have to.
One of her greatest blessings came relatively late in life. She and Colonel A. Robert (Bob) Fortney married in 2009 at the age of 75 and 88 respectively. Dorothy once asked Bob why he married her, and he replied that she had "potential." Upon marrying, they jointly hoped for ten good years. They had that and more. They traveled the world and loved each other.
She is preceded in death by her parents and both husbands. She is survived by her precious sons who were the joy of her life: Scott (Debbie) and their two daughters Callie and Carly of Little Rock; David (Libby) and their two sons Landon and Carson of Atlanta; and Vance (Sherrill) and their daughter London of Fayetteville; as well as her thoughtful brother, Bill Saunders of Little Rock and his son Andrew Saunders of Los Angeles. She was fortunate to have two wonderful stepchildren that she loved, Lynn (Scott Plutchak) Fortney of Birmingham and Rob (Kara) Fortney of Savannah. She is also survived by a loving brother and sister-in-law, Daryl and Shelby Clement of Furlow.
On the TV show, Inside the Actor's Studio, guests were often asked, "If there is a God and you're at the Pearly Gates, what do you want to hear Him say?" Dorothy always said she just wanted to hear Him say, "Come In." Her three sons now say, "Step in Mom, step in!"
Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m., Friday, September 16, 2022, at Roller-Owens Funeral Home, 5509 JFK Blvd., North Little Rock. Funeral Service will be at 10 a.m., Saturday, September 17, 2022, at Lakewood United Methodist Church, 1922 Topf Road, North Little Rock. Interment will follow in the Lakewood Columbarium. Memorials may be made to the Music Ministry of Lakewood United Methodist Church, Camp Aldersgate, Arkansas Repertory Theatre, or a charitable organization of your choice.
Online guestbook is available at www.rollerfuneralhomes.com/owens.
Published September 11, 2022
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Roller-Owens Funeral Home
5509 John F. Kennedy Blvd., North Little Rock, AR