Lauri L. Fortune

Lauri L. Fortune, 61, Pipestone, formerly of Sparta, Va., died Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021 at the Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls, S.D.

A memorial visitation was held Thursday, Nov. 4 at Hartquist Funeral Home, Pipestone Chapel.

Memorials may be directed to a local American Cancer Society – Relay for Life program.

Lauri Louise Fortune was born May 16, 1960 to Russell and Rose (Snyder) Gardner in Starbuck, Minn., where she was raised until the age of 10. Her father’s job was transferred to Minot, N.D., and the family all made the move. It was here that Lauri met her lifelong best friend, Margo Barnes. In 1978 she graduated from Minot High School and then completed nursing school at Trinity Hospital. She entered the U.S. Air Force in 1981and served her country for four years. While stationed in Minot, she met Douglas Fortune. The couple shared a dance together and soon after began dating.

On June 18, 1983 they were married at the Minot Air Force Base. They made their home in Minot, where Lauri worked as a “paper pusher” handling purchase agreement contracts for the base’s operations.

In 1987 they moved to Sparta, Va. Lauri was a homemaker to their two daughters while also working part-time as a CNA for local hospitals. While her husband was stationed overseas, Lauri moved to Pipestone in 2011 to be with her mom. In addition to caring for her mom, she served as a crossing guard for kids at the Hank’s Foods location.

Recently she began feeling ill and on Oct. 16 she was diagnosed with stage 4, non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Cancer.

She was a member of Grace Baptist Church in Sparta, where she was active in church activities and sang in the choir. She was a volunteer with Relay for Life and several veteran organizations.

She is survived by her husband of 39 years, Doug Fortune, Pipestone; two daughters, Miranda Davis (Jay Morrison), Mechanicsville, Va., and Kirsten (Michael) Washington, Leland, N.C.; four grandchildren; a brother, Mark (Nancy) Gardner and step-father Gerald Totman, stepbrothers, Tim Totman (Judy Wiese), and Sam Totman, and many other family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Russell and Rose.

(Hartquist Funeral Home,

Pipestone Chapel)