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Fortners Forge Their Mizzou Legacy at MU

Martha and Roy Fortner attended MU together and were married after graduating in 1964.

Martha and Roy Fortner attended MU together and were married after graduating in 1964.

Martha Fortner, BS ED 64, understood early in life the significance of nutrition. "I think I grew up in a family who realized nutrition was a very important aspect of healthy living, of living a long life and a happy life," she says.

Martha's husband, Roy Fortner, BS BA 64, understands the importance of being financially independent. With degrees in business administration, he also holds the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) designation.

Together, the Fortners have forged a great marriage and happy life together. They first met at a high school band practice and had a first date at a Future Farmers of America (FFA) event.

When Roy went to MU for college, Martha did not immediately follow. She had music scholarships to other schools. But by her second year of college, she was enrolled at MU.

A Long History at Mizzou

Martha had spent time on the MU campus as a youngster as she visited family friends and attended conferences and music contests, which reinforced her desire to be a part of the Mizzou family.

"My first visit to the campus was at age nine," Martha says. "It was on that tour of the campus that I fell in love with MU and with learning, which has never waned."

Roy in the meantime managed to fulfill his military obligation by taking a semester off to do army reserves. He spent his summer camps at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri.

When Martha finally arrived at MU, she chose home economics education as her major. Though she does not remember her name, she says one of her professors was a major in the army reserves who planned all the menus at Fort Leonard Wood.

"She was actually Roys Major in the army reserves," Martha says. "He drove her around summer camp. She was a dynamic instructor."

In the meantime, Roy and Marthas love grew. "We graduated one weekend and got married the next weekend," Martha says. They were married Feb. 1, 1964.

Building a Future Together
From MU, the Fortners moved to the Kansas City area where Roy worked for Hallmark Cards, Inc. After a 28-year management career with Hallmark, Roy retired to start his next career goal-the founding of Fortner Financial Services, Inc. located at Crown Center in Kansas City, Mo.

Martha taught at Lees Summit High School for the first seven years. "And then we had two boys, and I didnt work outside the home when they were little," she says.

Later, Martha returned to work outside of education. In 1999, Martha began working for Roys company and has worked there since. She says, "The area of finance was not my area, but I really learned so much and enjoy assisting clients achieve their financial goals."

The Fortners family includes son Mark, BA 94, and his wife, Laura; and son Andrew and his wife, Karen. Their grandchildren are Christian, Luke and Karis.

A Unique Contribution

Out of a shared commitment to MU and higher education, the Fortners decided to create an estate gift that will endow scholarships at MU for students in the Robert J. Trulaske, Sr. College of Business, and students in nutrition and personal financial planning in the College of Human Environmental Sciences.

You Can Too

If youd like to support Mizzou students and programs through a gift in your estate plans, please contact The Office of Gift Planning and Endowments at 1-800-970-9977 or 573-882-0272 or giftplanning@missouri.edu to discuss your options today.

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