Patricia “Patsy” Barbara Porter, 99, of Portland, died April 11 surrounded by family. There will be a rosary at 10 a.m. and a funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 21, at St. John the Apostle Church, 417 Washington St., Oregon City.
Mrs. Porter was born Oct. 3, 1917, in Hot Spring South Dakota, to Thomas Colgan and Anna Casper Colgan, the first of four children. Her siblings would be Arthur, Rita, and Walter. She was raised in Edgemont, South Dakota, where she was in the school band and played the saxophone, trombone and piano.
After one year of college at Loretto Heights in Denver, she returned home to marry Rob Ross Porter. The couple moved to Hot Springs South Dakota. After losing their first son at birth, their first daughter Carol was born in the Colgan home in Edgemont. In 1940, the family moved to Portland, where Rob took a job working on the railroad. The family grew to include Barbara, who was born in a blackout. Then came Thomas, followed by the twins, Patricia and Michael.
Family life centered around Ascension Parish. Mr. and Mrs. Porter were active in the parish and youth group service. Mrs. Porter served as a leader in Cub Scouts and Camp Fire, and their children attended Ascension School.
In 1960, the family moved to a house on Mount Tabor. Family and friends often gathered to dance and have a good time. Many generations of friends and family gathered at the dinner table for homemade meals, and the door was always open to all, animals included. Mrs. Porter enjoyed time at Oceanside, vacationing for two weeks each summer at Kirk’s Cottages. Family and friends and a myriad of beloved pets joined her for games of solitaire, rummy, scrabble, crossword puzzles, walks on the beach, shell collecting, and homemade mac and cheese. Dixieland Jazz was always a passion for the couple as they traveled and socialized with the Dixieland Jazz community. Many good memories were made with friends.
The Porters celebrated 50 years of marriage on the River Queen surrounded by loved ones and their favorite, Stumptown Jazz Band. Everyone who knew Patricia knew her for her devotion to family and friends. She was always ready to visit and share with a supportive ear. She never wavered in her commitment.
She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and friend. Patricia was preceded in death by her husband Rob in 1996 and her daughter Barbara in 2015.
Survivors include children; Carol (Gene) Bell of Keizer; Tom (Nancy) Porter of Portland; Patricia (Scott) Daley of Milwaukie; Mike (Judy) of Silverton; 10 grandchildren, Rob, Deanna, Kelli, Stephen, Alison, Robert, Amy, Megan, Tricia, and Lisa; and 16 great grandchildren.
Rite of committal will be at Gethsemani Catholic Cemetery immediately following the funeral.
In lieu of gifts donations can be made in her name to the Oregon Humane Society.