Evalena "Lena" Denham Ortman passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones Nov. 27, 2018, in Ocala, Florida. Lena was born in Montgomery County, Indiana, to Ernest and Stella (Dickerson) Denham.
With her husband, Joseph Ned Ortman, and three daughters, she lived on the Ortman Family Farm in Kokomo for 50 years before moving to Ocala. Lena was an active member of First Christian Church in Kokomo and Christ Church of Marion County in Ocala. She enjoyed gardening, playing cards, and antiquing. She was well-known for her delicious pecan pies and her willingness to share on any occasion. In Kokomo, Lena was a member of the Clay 49ers Home Economics Club for many years
She was preceded in death by her husband; daughter, Teresa Ortman VanOordt; parents; and brother, Luther.
She will be forever remembered by her daughters, Sandra Steele (Mike),Greenville, North Carolina, Marla Hirschy (Dan), Ocala, Florida; sister-in-law, Betty Ortman, Kokomo; five grandchildren, Sonya (Ed) Heath, Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, Blake VanOordt, Johns Island, South Carolina, Derek Steele (Ceri), Greenville, North Carolina, Drew Steele, Greenville, North Carolina, Michael Hirschy, Chicago, Illinois; four great-grandchildren, Weatherly and Ned Heath, Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, and Madelynn and Cole Steele, Greenville, North Carolina. She will also be remembered by her numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family, and dear friends.
Memorials may be made to Greenville Recreation and Parks (Re: Drew Steele Center), P.O. Box 7207, Greenville, NC 27834 or Christ Church of Marion County, Road, 6768 SW 80th St. Ocala,FL 34476.
Services will be 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, at Shirley and Stout Funeral Home 1315 W. Lincoln Road, with Pastor Greg Reed officiating. Burial will follow in Sunset Memory Garden Cemetery. Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, also at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to We Care of Kokomo. Online condolences may be made at www.stoutandson.com.
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