NORMAL ? Betty Belle Porter, 89, formerly of Normal, died Wednesday (Feb. 8, 2012) at Valley 4000, Woodside Village, in Grand Forks, N.D.
No public service is planned.
She was born April 19, 1922, in Normal, the daughter of Frank L. and Lutie Belle Denman Irvin.
Betty attended Normal public schools, graduating from Normal Community High School in 1940. She then went on to receive a bachelor of science degree in home economics from Illinois State Normal University in 1944. After her graduation from college, she taught home economics and science classes at Ellsworth High School, Ellsworth, for one year before joining her husband in Moscow, Idaho, where he was stationed in the U.S. Army.
Betty Belle Irvin married Charles Baddeley Porter on July 4, 1944, in Normal. Betty and Chuck were high school sweethearts who first met at the age of 14. Chuck preceded her in death on Feb. 21, 2006. As she wished, Betty has been cremated and her family will gather this summer at the Denman Family farm in Carlock to scatter the ashes of Betty and Chuck together. Also preceding her in death were her parents and brother, Otis ?Bud? Denman Irvin.
Betty was a lifelong member of University Christian Church, Normal. She was active in many organizations, including Christian Women?s Fellowship, History Club and Ariel Club, a book club which has been in existence since 1892. She was a member of the McLean County Home Extension, McLean County Historical Society and Daughters of the American Revolution. She also served a term on the Bloomington YWCA board.
She enjoyed reading, history and travel. Betty and Chuck traveled to several European countries, Fiji, Tahiti, New Zealand, Australia and throughout the United States after Chuck?s retirement in 1979. They also spent many happy summers at their cabin on Gull Lake, near Brainerd, Minn.
Betty?s greatest joys were her family, especially her granddaughter and great-grandchildren, and her many good friends. She was always kind and welcoming. To her, if you were a friend, you were family.
Survivors include her two daughters, Janet (Jurgen) Suhr, Carlock, and Barbara (Isaac) Schlosser, Grand Forks, N.D.; one granddaughter, Kori (Christopher) Kobel, Bloomington; two great-grandchildren, Katie and Benjamin Kobel; three nieces, Susan (Stephen) Schwarten, Cambridge, Minn.; Carol (Thomas) Hupp, St. Charles; and Mari Porter, Champaign; and two nephews, Philip (Cindy) Porter, Lincoln, Neb., and Thomas (Deborah) Porter, Aurora.
Betty?s family wishes to extend its most heartfelt gratitude to Dr. Jonathon Berg and all the staff at Valley 4000, both at Wheatland Terrace (assisted living) and at Woodside Village (skilled care), for their devotion to her care in the last years of her life. They, too, were her family.
Donations in memory of Betty Porter may be made to: The Charles Porter Scholarship for Leadership, Illinois State University Department of Technology, Campus Box 5100, Normal, IL, 61761; or to the Valley Memorial Foundation, 2900 14th Avenue South, Grand Forks, ND, 58201 (with a note directing funds to either Woodside Village or Wheatland Terrace).