April 16, 1930 ~ November 11, 2015
Almeta May Herridge Huntley-Fortmeyer passed away November 11, 2015 at the age of 85 years, 6 months and 26 days.
Almeta May Herridge was the beautiful daughter and seventh born of eight children on April 16, 1930 to James Walter Herridge and Eva Lydia Huston Herridge of Bluff City, Kansas.
Almeta had five sisters and two brothers; Jennie Louise Herridge, Bessie Evalene Herridge (Wilmarth), Ruth Helen Herridge (Snyder), Dorothy Herridge, Maurice Herridge, Juanita Clara Herridge (Hudson) and Cecil Herridge.
Almeta attended grade school at Bluff City and graduated from Bluff City High School in 1948 as valedictorian of her class. Soon after graduating high school she moved to Liberal, Kansas and worked as a secretary.
On May 26, 1951, Almeta married the love of her life, Nolan Leroy Huntley at the First Christian Church in Ponca City, Oklahoma.
Nolan and Almeta made their home on a farm in rural Grant County Oklahoma where they raised beef cattle, wheat and at one time had over one hundred Shetland ponies.
Nolan and Almeta were blessed with two sons; Doug and Tim.
Almeta’s beloved Nolan passed away March 7, 1975 from cancer.
Almeta loved life, loved traveling on long trips with her sister-in-law Esther Huntley Knox. She loved growing beautiful flowers, bowling, going to the beauty shop every week, and we knew weekends was not a good time to call and talk because of golf, football and basketball. But most of all she loved her family and friends.
She was such a precious lady, loving, caring and compassionate. Always very neat and particular in her appearance and her family’s appearance…it’s who she was.
On February 19, 1977, Almeta was united in marriage to Leon Fortmeyer.
Almeta was a member of the Caldwell United Methodist Church and a member of the Evening Circle of Caldwell Methodist Women.
She was preceded in death by her parents, late husband Nolan Huntley, five sisters and two brothers.
She leaves behind her husband of 38 years, Leon Fortmeyer.
She will always be loved, missed and cherished by her sons; Doug Huntley and wife Pixie of Danville, Kansas and Tim Huntley and wife Karisa of Mulvane, Kansas. Five grandchildren; Matt Huntley, Zach Huntley, Tricia Huntley (Flinn), Bryce Huntley and Kale Huntley and four great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be given in memory of Almeta to the United Methodist Church.
Funeral services for Almeta will be held 2:00 p.m. Friday, at the United Methodist Church in Caldwell.
From Classmate and Friend
Lillian Baker - 11/11/2015
You have my deepest sympathy for your loss.
We are so sorry to learn of
Al and Judy Wright - 11/12/2015
We are so sorry to learn of Almeta's passing. She was such a sweet, beautiful lady. This is the most beautiful obituary that I have ever read, written by her family, to honor, and love her, and her memory forever.