Mrs. Porter died peacefully on Dec. 23, 2012.
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.
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 and worked at the Demorest Elementary School until her retirement. Catherine was an accomplished weaver, basketmaker, seamstress and cook. 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 “Pete” Porter Jr. (Elaine) of Oxford, Ellsworth Jackson “Jack” Porter (Annette) of Spartanburg, S.C.; daughter, Sue Porter Cronic (David) of Toccoa; grandchildren include Tammara Porter Macaluso (Jim) of Valpariaso, Ind., Melissa Porter Brewington (Rick) of Spartanburg, S.C., James Jeffrey Porter of Atlanta, Julie Porter Bemiss (Phil) of Atlanta, 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 their spouses, five stepgreat-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
She loved her family dearly and was loved by them. She was predeceased by her sisters, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law and their spouses, making her the last of her generation. She was also preceded in death by her daughter-in-law, Brenda Pardue Porter.
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 at hillsidememorialchapel.com.
Arrangements by Hillside Memorial Chapel, Clarkesville.
The Northeast Georgian
January 2, 2013