April 14, 2011

GERTRUDE PORTER
(11/5/1923 - 4/4/2011)



Gertrude, "Trudy" Porter, 87, of Memphis, Missouri died Monday, April 4, 2011 at the Scotland County Hospital in Memphis.

She was born November 5, 1923 at Cherry Box, Missouri to Lena Bell Petre and Pearl Weber.

Her early years were spent living on a farm and attending school in rural Macon County. Trudy's mother died when she was only twelve years old; yet as the eldest girl, she stayed home and cared for her nine brothers and sisters; seeing to it that each one graduated from high school.

As a young woman during the war, Trudy went to Kansas City and worked for the war effort at Pratt & Whitney.

Trudy married Gerald Leonard Porter on March 17, 1945 in Kansas and to this union, five children were born. They lived in rural Macon County before moving to Scotland County when Gerald became the manager of MFA in Memphis.

Trudy came from a very loving and close family and celebrated with her brothers and sisters and their families at extended "family reunions" each August and December all of her adult life. The entire family knew it was time to start the celebration when Trudy and Gerald arrived from Memphis. Trudy and Gerald, along with all of Trudy's brothers and sisters and their families, never missed a reunion.

She was a homemaker and loved lawn work and there was nothing she liked better than working in her garden and yard all day in the hottest of weather and when finished, she loved to relax and admire the fruits of her labor, enjoying a nice cold ice cream cone on her porch. She was the best cheeseburger maker ever, however, she herself really liked to go to "Everett's" , more commonly known as Keith's Cafť, and let him make one for her. She also made a legendary coconut pie and banana cream pie. She was among those who always provided casseroles, pies and desserts for the Baptist Church when needed. Also in her spare time, she enjoyed refinishing antique furniture, bowling and playing cards. She worked exceedingly hard all of her life and could work circles around people much younger than she. Trudy found her most enjoyment in spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church and Order of Eastern Star, Kahoka Chapter #40.

Trudy is survived by three daughters, Brenda Doucette and her husband Michael of Fort Myers, Florida, Lana Dial and her husband Gary of Memphis, Missouri, Lisa Small and her fiancť Edward Norman of Kirksville, Missouri; two sons, Gregory Porter of Memphis, Missouri and Douglas Porter and his wife Vicky, of Kirksville, Missouri; eight grandchildren, Belinda Allen and her husband Chuck, Natasha Ballew and her husband Christopher, Rebecca Dodds, Sally Dodds, Jason Porter and his wife, Amanda, Lydia Clatt and her husband, Casey, Darin Porter and his fiancť Rebecca, Brian Dial and his fiancť Justina; nine great- grandchildren, Lydia Allen, Leah Allen, Ethan Beaver, Jacob Willis, Hannah Ballew, Elizabeth Ballew, Elli Porter, Jax Porter and Carter Clatt. Other survivors include three brothers, Robert Weber and his wife Margery of Clarence, Missouri, Marion "Benny" Weber and his wife Shirley of rural Atlanta, Missouri, William "Bill" Weber and his wife Nancy of Macon, Missouri; a sister, Lena Henry and her husband Richard of Macon, Missouri; a sister-in-law, Lois Weber of rural Atlanta, Missouri; a brother-in-law, Chester Hughes of Macon, Missouri; many cousins, nieces, nephews and very special friends, Doris Atwater and Debbie Miller.

Trudy was preceded in death by her husband, parents, an infant sister, Opal Weber; two brothers, Arthur Leroy Weber and Lester Weber; three sisters, Juanita Ruth Weber, Madeline Joan Jennings and Violet Marie Hughes.

Funeral services were held at 1:00 PM, April 8, 2011 at the First Baptist Church in Memphis with Reverend Jim Campbell officiating. Music was provided by Kathy Campbell, accompanist and Becky Zahn, vocalist, with hymn selections including "The Lord's Prayer" and "Amazing Grace".

Burial followed the service in Mt. Tabor Cemetery near Atlanta, Missouri. Casket bearers were Brian Dial, Gary Dial, Darin Porter, Doug Porter, Greg Porter and Jason Porter. Honorary bearers were Belinda Allen, Natasha Ballew, Lydia Clatt, Rebecca Dodds and Sally Dodds.

To honor her memory, a memorial may be made to the Trudy Porter Memorial and may be left at or mailed to Memphis Funeral Home, 378 South Market Street, Memphis, Missouri 63555. Online condolences may be made to the Porter family by logging on to mmphisfh@nemr.net.

Arrangements are under the direction of Memphis Funeral Home.

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