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Verna F. Porteus

December 22, 2012

Verna Lucille Fossum Porteus, 78, of Shell Point, Ft Myers, FL passed away on December 22, 2012. She was born in Miami, FL on June 2, 1934 to the late Magnus and Diana (Briggs) Fossum. She graduated from Coral Gables High School in 1951 and earned a B.A. from Wesleyan College in Macon, GA in 1955. She taught at elementary schools in Miami, FL; Okinawa, Japan; and Wellesley, MA. After taking time off to raise her children, she went back to school and became a systems analyst with Aetna in Hartford, CT. She retired in 1990 and moved to Cape Coral, FL with her husband, Edward F. Porteus, Jr.

Lucille stayed busy in her retirement, traveling around the world to Europe, Central and South America and a dream trip to the Galapagos Islands in 2003; serving as a lay leader at her church, the Unitarian Universalist Church of Ft. Myers; and sharing her love of nature and manatees with visitors to Manatee Park in Ft Myers.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward; her brother, Theodore Fossum; and her sister, Patricia Waller. She is survived by her sister, Geraldine Wiesen; her son, Gregory Mueller (Dana); her daughters, Karen Murphy (Steven) and Eileen Dryden (Jeremy); her step-children, David Porteus (Gail), Susan Withstandley (Jeff), Martha Porteus (Wayne Tirkot), and Steven Porteus (Donna); her many grandchildren and her great-grandson.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 2:00pm at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Fort Myers, 13411 Shire Lane, Fort Myers, with a private graveside service to be held at the Cedar Hill Cemetery in Hartford, CT. Memorial contributions may be made to the .

Published in The News-Press on Jan. 5, 2013
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