Nellie Irene Porter

03/22/1912 — 11/14/2004

From Richland, WA, US | Born in Adair, Iowa

Nellie Irene Porter

Nellie Irene Porter, 92, of Richland, WA, died November 14, 2004, in Boring, Oregon.  She was born March 22, 1912, in Adair, Iowa and was brought up in the Methodist Church.

Nellie was raised in the country and rode a horse to school.  While in school, she participated in various sports.  She was the only child of the eight children born to  Jerry Lyman Karns and Dora Bell Reed Karns who graduated from high school.

After graduating from high school, Nellie worked as a housekeeper.  Then she met Percy B. Porter.  They married October 5, 1931, and were married 50 years before he passed away.

Mrs. Porter lived in the Tri-Cities 61 years.  She was a homemaker who loved to sew, crochet, and do many different crafts. She made the best apple pies and fried chicken around.  She was a founding member of Westside United Protestant Church, and she taught Kindergarten Sunday School at Westside Church for many years.

Nellie was proud of her family and loved having all the the kids and grandkids home for Christmas through the years.

She is survived by daughters, Raideen Roy and Cheryl Alan Tatro; sons, Gary Porter and Billy Sonja Porter; sisters, Mabel Doyle Florha and Hallie Neuhardt; 13 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren and 4 great-great grandchildren.

Nellie was preceded in death by her husband, Percy B. Porter and by her parents, 3 sisters and 2 brothers.

Graveside services will be at 12:00 p.m. Saturday, November 20, 2004, in Sunset Memorial Gardens.  A memorial service will follow at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Westside Church.

Visitation will be at Einan’s Funeral Home from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday and 10:00 a.m. to noon on Saturday.

Contributions in Nellie’s memory may be made to the Mt. Hood Hospice, P O Box 1269, Sandy, OR 97055.

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  • She was and forever will be my Grandma. She had the most beautiful spirit I have ever known and I will forever love her very much…far beyond words could ever express!

    David Casale
    October 11, 2019
    Kennewick, Washington