Kate Fortner Biddulph
Kate Fortner Biddulph, 78, a resident of Sarasota, FL since 1974, formerly of East Moriches, NY, passed away Wednesday, January 27, 2021 in Sarasota. She was born January 16, 1943 in Scarsdale, NY to Edward and Naomi Fortner, now deceased.
Kate was an avid collector of many things. She loved her dolls, violet ‘pretties’, bells, and birdhouses. She took great pride in finding the perfect spot for each and every treasure she found and loved to tell stories of how she found them.
On a beautiful day you would find her outside dragging bags of mulch and bricks into her back yard. She had an incredible green thumb and could bring life back into the most pitiful greenery that was brought to her for revival.
Her greatest treasure was her family. She loved to spoil her grandchildren. During her grandson’s 1st year, she stayed with her daughter in TN and was able to enjoy all of his “firsts”. When mommy wasn’t looking, Granny Kate would whisk him off to dress him up and take ridiculous photos that mommy would find later.
Known to many as “Mommy Kate”, she loved to be surrounded by her friends. Lunches and flea markets were always a favorite. Always dressed to a “T” with matching jewelry, her face and hair always perfectly done regardless if she was headed to a girls day out or Wal-Mart.
Her passing will leave a hole in the hearts of many. May it bring comfort to all knowing she is back in the arms of her son Guy and her beloved Jimmy.
She is survived by her loving daughter, Heather Parham (William) of Portland, TN; her faithful companion, Tinkerbell Rose; niece and nephew, Jill Arslan (Ender) of Sarasota, and Jeffrey Fortner of Plano, IL; as well as two grandchildren, Monica and Carl.
Kate was preceded in death by her beloved husband, James K. Biddulph in 2005; a son, Guy Stelzenmuller; as well as a brother, Edward Fortner.
A Celebration of Life will be held in Sarasota at a later date. Details to be announced via www.MullinsMemorial.com
Memorial Contributions in memory of Kate Fortner Biddulph are suggested to Tidwell Hospice, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34238 or Gilda’s Club Middle TN, 1707 Division Street, Nashville, TN 37203.
Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cape Coral, is entrusted with final care.