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Twenty five year Bullhead City resident Charlene Jo Porteous passed away at her home, surrounded by her children and family friends on Saturday, March 29, 2014. She was 73 years old.

Charlene was born in the city of Taft, Calif. in Kern County on June 26, 1940 to her parents, Charles Fredrick and Josephine Clara Briscoe. She had one brother, Jack Briscoe and one sister, Anne Neiger.

She was a graduate of South Pasadena High School and she also attended University of the Pacific. All five of her children attended South Pasadena High with the oldest graduating on the 20th anniversary of her own graduation.

She was married to Ralph Porteous whom she met and married in Pasadena, Calif. Charlene and Ralph, a fireman and Emergency Medical Technician for the City of San Marino, lived and raised their five children in South Pasadena, where she was a business owner and a full-time mother to her children.

She was a very talented artist and loved to create things. She was a painter, sculptor and she also sewed, knitted, crocheted, embroidered, and did needlepoint. She was a member of the Creative Arts Group of Sierra Madre. After Charlene and her husband Ralph retired in Bullhead City she attended the Bullhead City Campus of the Mohave Community College in Ariz. where she continued to study art and was eligible for membership of Phi Theta Kappa, and was named to the Student's honor list. She was an award winning artist, member, and contributor to the Bullhead City Artist Guild.

She was also an avid animal lover. She trained, bred, groomed, and showed dogs while she was a member of the Pasanita Obedience Club. She was also a member and volunteer at the Pasadena Humane Society and she was the proprietor of Charlene's Dog Gone Grooming while she still lived in Calif. In 1986 Charlene was named in the 16th Edition of Who's Who in Calif. by the Who's Who Historical Society.

Charlene is survived by four of her five children, Richard and his wife Daisy Brown, Pamela Briscoe, Deborah Brown, and David and his wife Jenn Brown. David recently celebrated his 50th birthday; ten grand children, Kathy Jo Morgan, Debbi Morgan Thompson, Natalie Choto, Samantha, and Brittany Brown, Wyatt, Matt, and Marc Behringer, and Dwight and Dustin Sylva; and the cast of characters otherwise known as the "Garage Gang", Roy, Jan, and Jesse Judd, Lenny Gentile, Jeff Odle, Phil Thompson, Steve Johnson, and Bicycle Joe.

There will be a tribute celebration for all those who knew and loved Charlene, at 2:00 pm on Saturday May 17th, 2014 at the Shed Pros Shop, 905 Marina Boulevard, in Bullhead City.

In lieu of flowers, donations will be accepted in memory of her late Daughter, Donna Theommes, at the Breast Research Center, 525 W. Junipero St., Santa Barbara, Ca. 93105

Published in Mohave Daily News Online from Apr. 6 to Apr. 13, 2014
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