Joan Porter Obituary

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Joan A Porter

July 26, 1922 - September 12, 2013
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Joan Anderson Porter, 91, left this life on Thursday Sept. 12th after brave years of illness. A long-time resident of Seminole and previously Bethesda, Maryland, Joan Porter was born in Hopskinsville, Kentucky, the daughter of the late Pauline Ryan and former Pinellas County Commissioner, A.L. Anderson. Mrs. Porter attended Peoria Central High School and graduated with a BA degree from the University of Illinois. She also took graduate courses from the University of Maryland and Catholic University. She married the late George A Porter in 1945, with whom she had three children: Susan Joan, David George, and Daniel Dickson. In addition...
Joan Anderson Porter, 91, left this life on Thursday Sept. 12th after brave years of illness. A long-time resident of Seminole and previously Bethesda, Maryland, Joan Porter was born in Hopskinsville, Kentucky, the daughter of the late Pauline Ryan and former Pinellas County Commissioner, A.L. Anderson.
Mrs. Porter attended Peoria Central High School and graduated with a BA degree from the University of Illinois. She also took graduate courses from the University of Maryland and Catholic University. She married the late George A Porter in 1945, with whom she had three children: Susan Joan, David George, and Daniel Dickson. In addition to her great love for her three children she was devoted to her seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
During WW II, Mrs. Porter worked at the Army Security Agency and later became a social worker with Travelers Aid. With additional education she worked as a Guidance Counselor at St. John's College High School, becoming the first female staff member in then an all-male school.
The Porter family lived in Germany for 2 ½ years while George Porter worked for the Central Intelligence Agency. Later Mr. Porter was assigned to two years in Hawaii as Chief of Station for the Pacific. He retired after 20 years in the Army Reserve as a Lt. Colonel.
At her Catholic churches, Mrs. Porter was a religion teacher for 19 years and a Eucharistic Minister for 18 years. She also was active in her sorority Alpha Phi, where she was president of two alumnae chapters, District Governor for two years, and Vice President of the Greater Washington Chapter of Pan Hellenic. Later Mrs. Porter was voted Alpha Phi Woman of the Year.
In 2000 she moved to Freedom Square where she founded the drama club among many volunteer activities. In addition to her years in Germany and Hawaii, Mrs. Porter realized her life's dream of traveling to all seven continents. Upon her return from each trip, she gave programs for the residents of Freedom Square. In 1978 Mrs. Porter was a member of the first women's tour to China after President Nixon's first visit. Because of the unique privilege and experience of this trip, she gave lectures about China throughout Pinellas County. Later Mrs. Porter was honored for her many accomplishments with the Freedom Square Volunteer Award in 2007.
Mrs. Porter leaves behind many devoted members of her loving family and dear friends who will miss her terribly.
A funeral mass will be at Blessed Sacrament Church, Seminole, FL. on [date].
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Blessed Sacrament Church, or to the Salvation Army.

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