Jeanne (Emma Jeanne) Tinkler Fortson, 89, passed away peacefully to be with her Lord on the afternoon of April 16, 2018 at her daughter’s home in Barre, Vermont.  She was born in Houston, Texas on June 12, 1928 to Watt and Marguerite (Philibert) Tinkler.  Jeanne spent almost all of her life in her hometown of Edinburg, Texas.    A graduate of Baylor University, she returned to Edinburg to work in her father’s abstract business with plans on moving to South America to work in the oil business.   But once back in Edinburg, she met the love of her life, the new dentist in town, the late Dr. Charles L. Fortson.  They were married in March of 1950 and celebrated over 57 years together.  Jeanne was not only a homemaker, but she continued to work in the abstract business until her father retired.  She also ran her husband’s dental office and was the Church Secretary for the First Baptist Church for many years.  Jeanne was always on the go and her talkative nature helped her meet and make many lifelong friends.  But her closest friend by far was her sister, Charlotte Humphrey, who lived next door.    Jeanne enjoyed gardening, including raising prized Birds of Paradise (her “Birds”) as well as camellias, and she was known for growing much sought after mandarin oranges. Jeanne leaves behind three children:  Susan Magee-Bibi (Abd Bibi) of Barre, VT, Patricia Callahan (Bill) of Edinburg, TX and Richard Fortson (Karen) of Los Alamos, NM.  She has 11 grandchildren who reside in various places:  Texas, New Mexico, North Carolina, Washington, Vermont and China.  In addition, there are seven great-grandsons and one great-granddaughter.  Surviving her are her two sisters:  Charlotte Humphrey of Edinburg, TX and Mary Jo Henry of Spring, TX as well as numerous nieces and nephews and their children.  An avid church-goer, Jeanne was a lifelong member of the First Baptist Church in Edinburg, where she was a strong believer in tithing.   In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to the First Baptist Church in Edinburg, the Rio Grande Bible Institute in Edinburg or to The Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation. A memorial service will take place on Saturday, June 16 at 10 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Edinburg.  Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Park in Edinburg. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Aurora Funeral Home Sam Houston in Pharr.    Contact Me at Joshua 956-787-2244. Thank You