Imogene Porter

Imogene and Lawrence Porter - August 26, 1950

Imogene and Lawrence Porter – August 26, 1950

Imogene Iris Porter was born the daughter of John Cyrus Baty and Mary Atchley Baty on November 20,1927, in Bendavis, Missouri, and departed this life June 10, 2018, in West Plains, Missouri, at the age of 90 years.

She was united in marriage on August 26, 1950, at Springfield, Missouri, to J. Lawrence Porter. They were married over sixty-seven years.

She is survived by her husband, J. Lawrence Porter of the home in Thayer, Missouri; two children, Jamie Read and husband, Vernon of Portland, Oregon, and Myron Porter and wife, Rebecca of Tigard, Oregon; six brothers and sisters, Kermit Baty and wife, Dixie of Mt. Vernon, Missouri, Mary Jo Temple of Cherryvale, Kansas, Johnnie Lou Mahan of Eminence, Missouri, Kay Crisp and husband, Lonnie, Carolyn Pierce and husband, Delbert and Larry Baty and wife, Debbie, all of Bendavis, Missouri; three grandchildren, Gareth Porter of McMinnville Oregon, Blake Porter of Everett, Washington, and Micah Read of Portland, Oregon; one step-granddaughter, Karen Read of Portland, Oregon; one great-grandchild, Lance Porter of Tigard, Oregon; many nieces and nephews; other relatives, and a host of friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; nine brothers and sisters, Bonnie Maxwell, Wilma Campbell, Bertie Baty, Hazel Hayes, Eugene Baty, Murlin Baty, Lowell Baty, Montie Baty and Dwyane Baty; and one grandson, Zachary Porter.

Imogene taught in a one-room schoolhouse at Racket Ridge in Texas County before teaching second and third grade in Thayer, Koshkonong and Creve Couer, Illinois. After her teaching career, she joined Lawrence in businesses at Thayer and Yuma, Arizona.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Thayer and taught Sunday School for many years. She loved to study the Bible and memorized large sections of the Bible. She had a strong belief that God would always take care of her.

Imogene was an impressively kind lady and always took care of little old ladies. She also volunteered at Shady Oaks Health Care for many years.

She also liked reading literature and history and often had intellectual discussions with her brother Murlin over books they read.

Imogene loved traveling especially with her husband Lawrence. They traveled hundreds of thousands of miles over 49 states and many provinces in Canada. They returned to Thayer and resumed working in their final business, a fabric store.

She was a devoted and loving wife, mother and grandmother and will truly be missed by all who had the privilege to know her.

Funeral services for Imogene Porter will be held on Friday, June 15, 2018 at 2:00 PM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer with Brother Bill Bales and Brother Gerald Bounds officiating.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, June 14, 2018 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Carter Funeral Home in Thayer, Missouri.

Interment will be in the Thayer Cemetery with services under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc. in Thayer.


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11 Responses to Imogene Porter

  1. Rick & Tilda Toomey says:

    Such a sweet wonderful Lady truly all class , Imogene will be missed by everyone especially her family.
    God Bless You All
    Rick & Tilda

  2. Andy & Kathleen Crigler says:

    Lawrence, we are so very sorry to hear of Imogene’s passing. We thought so much of her. She was such a sweet and kind lady with the ability to do about anything. We pray for God’s comfort and peace to be with you at this time. Our sympathy goes out to you and your family.

  3. Becky Allison says:

    Lawrence, Jamie, Myron, and family,
    Of course Imogene was an elementary school teacher! That calm, cheerful demeanor served her well. She was quiet but not a wallflower at all, and I don’t know who was keeping up with whom all these years, but Lawrence, you were a formidable team, and you and Imogene are among my happy memories of Thayer. I’m sorry for your loss, I’m grateful for her legacy of intelligence, incentive, and graciousness.

  4. Dean Williams says:

    So sorry for Imogene’s passing this world. Lawrence, and all of Imogene’s family have my sympathy at this very difficult time.

  5. Pat Collins says:

    Such a lovely, kind lady. She will be missed. May God send comforting peace & love to the family.

  6. Ray Bob and Shana(Lawrence) Cochran says:

    So sad to heard Imogene’s passing. She was the dearest of ladies. She will be missed by so many especially Lawrence. Thoughts and prayers with all her family.

  7. Loudonna G Mahan says:

    Aunt Imogene was truly a sweet woman. Growing up I never remember seeing her without her husband Lawrence at her side. They were always together. I have wonderful memories to cherish and know she will be missed tremendously.

  8. Millie Porter- Clark says:

    Im so sorry for the loss of such a beautiful Aunt, inside and out. I am so glad I got to see her a few weeks before she passed. My sincere sympathy to Lawrence, Jamie, Myron, and the rest of the family.

  9. Druscilla Martin says:

    Our dear sweet Imogene always knew how to be kind to everyone. She had such a sweet spirit that was always helpful. She will be missed. Lawrence and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Peace be with you.

  10. Sharon Zink says:

    Sharon&Randy Zink says Mrs Imogene was kind and sweet to everyone she loved God. And loved her friends and family . We will miss her very much our sympathy goes to Lawrence and family

  11. bj says:

    With deep sadness to read about the passing of Ms . Imogene.My condolences to the families of your loss Jesus felt the pain and sorrow that death brings when His friend Lazarus died John 11:33,35.