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Adrielle Elizabeth Porter

Sioux Falls - Adrielle E. Porter, 77, died Friday, August 15, 2014, at her home in Sioux Falls, SD, surrounded by her loved ones.

A memorial service will be 4:00 PM Monday, August 18, 2014 at Zandbroz Variety Store in Downtown Sioux Falls, SD. It was her favorite store in town.

Adrielle, known by many as Nanee or Mrs. Porter Dear, is the daughter of Bruce and Alice Swain. Born in Webster, SD, she led a life of travel and constant adventure. In her own words, "my life reads like a travelogue." She had 53 addresses in 28 towns within 16 states, and visited every state except Hawaii. She also made many wonderful trips to Japan and to Austin, TX, to visit her 27 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren.

She married Jim Munger in 1956 and had her daughter, Karen Munger, in 1960. Adrielle and Jim separated in 1975, and she married Charles Porter in Luckenbach, TX, in 1985. Throughout her life she was a bookkeeper, a small town owner (Tortilla Flat, AZ), a wonderful mother, and a fabulous full-time grandmother to Karen's daughter, also named Adrielle. Charles and Adrielle lived with Karen and (little) Adrielle for 18 years before Charles' passing in 2009, after which the three generations of women continued to share a loving home and very close relationship.

Nanee lived an immensely full life. Open and generous with every single person she met, she created meaningful friendships around every turn. Her joy, kindness, and fun continue to spread, literally, across the globe as we remember her uproarious adventures, consider her kind advice, and sport her hundreds of knitted hats. She loved others as deeply as she was loved in return.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests you live like Nanee by treating someone to dinner, talking to strangers, housing a musician in your basement for a year, and sometimes acting a little crazy.

Published in The Argus Leader on Aug. 17, 2014
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