Betty Ann Porter, 86, passed away peacefully on June 17, 2018 in her home, with family and loved ones by her side.
She was born Jan. 5, 1932 in McPherson, to parents Chester and Pearl (Crumbpacker) Murrey of Conway.
Betty Ann married Irwin Porter on Dec. 16, 1951 at the Monitor Church of the Brethren. She and her husband, Irwin, raised four children; Randy Porter of Quinter, Jana Dee of Warrensburg, Missouri, Kay Ann of Rosemont, Minnesota, and Denny Porter of Denver, Colorado. They were blessed with nine grandchildren and sixteen great-grandchildren.
She joined the Monitor Church of the Brethren by baptism at an early age and always kept her faith in God, Jesus, and eternal life. Betty Ann attended a rural one-room schoolhouse, riding her pony three miles to school. Following High School graduation in McPherson, she attended McPherson College where she was inducted into the “Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities,” after receiving a degree in Home Economics. She loved her Alma Mater and encouraged
several students to attend there by paying for their tuition.
Her passion was her family and helping others. She sent hundreds of “Get Well” wishes and “Congratulations” cards to her many friends in the community, and she made many phone calls to her neighbors and friends in need.
The time spent in raising her four children was shared with teaching Sunday school, playing in the Bell Choir, in youth counselor leadership, and representing her church in various meetings and conferences.
Betty Ann kept a daily diary for many years. Her most notable entry was dated Aug. 14, 1945: “What a historic day! It is really wonderful to be at peace once more with the world.”
Betty Ann was a life-long “4-H’er”, starting at an early age with her sewing and baking projects, and was always pleased with the blue ribbons she won at the Kansas State 4-H Fair. The motto she lived by was the 4-H pledge; “I pledge my heart to greater loyalty; my hands to larger service; and my heart to better living for my club, community, my country, and my world.”
Better Ann was a hospice volunteer for several years at the LTCF, where she passed on her love to her many friends there.
She always reminded her family that God should come first, then your neighbor, and finally yourself.
Thank you, Betty Ann, for your presence here on planet Earth for a short time, to make a difference.
A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at the Quinter Church of the Brethren, 700 Grant St., Quinter, KS along with a display of Betty Ann’s personal memorabilia.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Hospice Foundation. Donations to the organization may be sent to Schmitt Funeral Home, 901 South Main, Quinter, KS 67752.