After a private burial, there will be a visitation and memorial service at a later date in early January. The details regarding this service will be announced through Hillside Memorial Chapel.
Born Dec. 17, 1919, in Winder, she was the daughter the late Ernest Ellsworth Jackson and Sunie Williams Jackson. She was the widow of Royce Leonard Porter Sr. She also was predeceased by her sisters, sisters-in-law, brother-in-law and their spouses, making her the last of that generation. She was also predeceased by her daughter-in-law, Brenda Pardue Porter.
After raising her children, Mrs. Porter returned to Piedmont College at the age of 50 to complete her education to become a teacher and librarian. She worked at Demorest Elementary School until her retirement. Catherine was an accomplished weaver, basket maker, seamstress, cook, and she loved to read, enjoying books throughout her life. She also loved gardening, birding, and the pursuit and restoration of antiques. She was a lifelong member of Demorest Baptist Church.
Survivors include her sons Royce Leonard Porter Jr. (Elaine) of Oxford, Ellsworth Jackson Porter (Annette) of Spartanburg, S.C.; daughter, Sue Porter Cronic (David) of Toccoa; grandchildren, Tammara Porter Macaluso (Jim) of Valpariaso, Ind., Melissa Porter Brewington (Rick) of Spartanburg, S.C., James Jeffrey of Atlanta, Julie Porter Bemiss (Phil) of Decatur, Anna Catherine Cronic of Toccoa, and David Andrew Cronic of Toccoa. Catherine is also survived by two great-grandchildren, Caitlyn Lane Bemiss and Porter Jane Bemiss, as well as two stepgrandchildren and spouses and five stepgreat-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She loved her family dearly and was loved by them.
The family would like to express their gratitude to all those involved in Mrs. Porter’s care, especially the staff of the Wilkinson Center, Margaret and Michael O’Brien and staff and Northeast Georgia Hospice.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Salvation Army or Northeast Georgia Hospice.
Those wishing may send condolences by visiting hillsidememorialchapel.com.
Arrangements by Hillside Memorial Chapel, Clarkesville.
The Northeast Georgian
December 28, 2012