Leora Porter

PorterLeora Porter, 93, of Spearfish, South Dakota, formerly of Rapid City, South Dakota, passed away in the comfort of her “home” at Garden Hills Assisted Living in Spearfish on Monday March 19, 2018.

Leora (Lee) Porter was born on February 24, 1925, in Mountain Lake, Minnesota, to Frances E. Cullen and Bessie A. (Hudson) Cullen. She lived in Comfrey, Minnesota, until the age of ten when the family moved to Springfield, Minnesota and Lee graduated from high school in 1943.

After graduation, she went to work for the Northwestern Bell Telephone Co. as a switchboard operator. Lee was married to William B. Porter on June 22, 1947 and had a daughter, Randy Kay and a son, Durand Lee.

Lee enjoyed many hobbies including knitting, crocheting, embroidery, ceramics and reading. She also took great pride in her home, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. There was always a pot of coffee brewing and a full cookie jar waiting for anyone who dropped by to visit.

The last four years of her life she resided at Garden Hills Assisted Living in Spearfish, moving from Rapid City. She met many friends there and considered them to also be a part of her “family”.

Lee possessed a wonderful sense of humor and a quick wit and loved to tease and visit with others but never considered herself a “social butterfly”. She will be remembered and missed by many.

Lee was preceded in death by her husband, Bill and her son, Durand. She is survived by her daughter, Randy (Richard) Pridgeon and her daughter-in-law, Charlotte Porter Bell. Grandchildren include Shannon (Lane) Thompson, Jenny (Brendon) Merchant and Megan (JR) Mitchell. Great-grandchildren include Blade (Nicole) Thompson, Ashley Thompson, Brady Merchant, Madison Merchant, Alexis Merchant, Andrew Mitchell, Emily Mitchell, Ashlie Mitchell and Hudson Mitchell.

In accordance with Leora’s wishes, a private family interment is being held at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis, South Dakota.

Arrangements are under the care of Fidler-Isburg Funeral Chapels and Crematory Service of Spearfish. Online condolences may be written at www.fidler-isburgfuneralchapels.com