Betty Jean (Waddell) (Griffith) Porter (1939 - 2010)

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Betty J. (Griffith) Porter
Funeral services for Betty J. (Griffith) Porter, 71, were conducted by Pastor Dean Porter on Saturday, Dec. 18, 2010, at 1 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Audubon, Iowa. Interment was in the Maple Grove Cemetery in Audubon. The honorary casket bearers were Larry Porter, Donald Pattee, Lorne Hupp, Junior Fleming, and Ron Partlow. The casket bearers were Chad Waddell, Cory Waddell, Dan Kromrie, Steve Cooper, and Roger Griffith. The Kessler Funeral Home in Audubon was in charge of the arrangements.
Betty Jean (Griffith) Porter, the first of eleven children of James R. and Lois M. Murphy Waddell, was born Nov. 7, 1939, in Stuart, and died Dec. 14, 2010, surrounded by her family, at the age of 71 years, 1 month and 7 days. For the past two years, she fought a brave battle with lung cancer with the same strength and quiet determination shown throughout her life.
Betty attended Stuart Community Schools and graduated with the Class of 1957. On Aug. 25, 1957, she was united in marriage to Clark Griffith at the Friends Church in Stuart. Betty later joined and was baptized at the First Presbyterian Church in Audubon. Five children were born to this union. The family operated a farm east of Audubon where they raised crops and livestock. Betty also worked outside the home as a computer typesetter, waitress, and clerk. In 1992 they retired from farming and moved to Diamondhead Lake near Dexter and later to Atlantic. After Clark's passing on April 22, 2003, Betty moved to Audubon to be near her family and friends, and lived there for the remainder of her life.
In 2006 Betty was united in marriage to James B. Porter. During their time together, they enjoyed traveling, fishing, and spending time with friends.
Throughout her life, Betty took pleasure in reading, crocheting, fishing, cooking, spending time with her grandchildren, and doing crossword puzzles. She will be remembered as a devoted wife, mother, sister, grandmother, and friend.
Preceding her in death in addition to her husband Clark, was her son Russell H. Griffith, her parents James and Lois Waddell; her brothers Carl Waddell, Gary Waddell, Brian Waddell, Ronald Waddell, her sisters Denise Waddell, Marie Waddell, and Sharon Miller.
Survivors include her husband James B. Porter of Audubon; her children Randy Griffith of Carroll; Suzanne and husband Dr. Paul Schultz of Audubon; Bob Griffith of Carroll; Julie and husband Jeff Wahlert of St. Michael, Minn.; her grandchildren Emily Parsons of Coralville; Allie Parsons of Audubon; Parker Schultz of Minneapolis, Minn.; and Garrett Schultz of Destin, Fla; 5 step children, 3 step-grandchildren; her brothers James (Butch) and wife Sandy Waddell of Adel; Dennis and wife Lisa Waddell of Menlo; her sister Connie Waddell and friend Bill Martin of Greenfield; her brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Charles and wife Jean Griffith of Audubon; Marjorie and husband Ray Cajka of San Diego, Calif.; Loren and wife Deanna Griffith of Brookings, Ore.; Jack and wife Elaine Griffith of Coarsegold, Calif.; Larry and wife Acey Porter of Tucson, Ariz.; Dixie Waddell of Des Moines; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Published in AUDUBON COUNTY ADVOCATE JOURNAL from Dec. 16 to Dec. 24, 2010