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Donna Porter

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Donna Marie


Conway, SC - Donna Marie Porter, 68, passed away April 11, 2014, at Conway Medical Center in Conway SC after a brief illness.

Donna was born in Poughkeepsie on November 24, 1945 the daughter of Leonard R Hare Sr. and Eleanor E. (Foster) Hare.

She married Ralph Stanley Porter on November 4, 1967 in Poughkeepsie.

Donna was a 1963 graduate of F.D. Roosevelt High School, Hyde Park.

Donna worked for Central Hudson Gas & Electric Co., Poughkeepsie from 1963 until she retired in 2003. She was a dedicated and tireless worker. Many days were spent organizing and volunteering at various company sponsored family events and gatherings while she was an employee, a true testament to her generous spirit.

She was a superb cook who enjoyed hosting family and friends during parties and holidays at her home. Hobbies such as gardening, and camping activities kept her busy as well. After retirement, Donna and Ralph moved from the Hudson Valley to a new home in the warmer climates of Conway, SC. They enjoyed traveling frequently to various destinations on cruise ships. Riley her 4 legged friend was always by her side.

Her warm heart, cheerful smile and kind soul will be missed by all lucky enough to know and love her.

Donna is survived by her beloved husband, Ralph S. Porter of Conway, S.C., brothers, Thomas D. Hare and wife, Angela Guadagno Hare, of Newburgh, NY, Leonard R. Hare Jr. and wife, Jan Moehrke Hare, of Salt Point, NY, and Jeffrey J. Hare and wife, Sharon Desmond Hare, of Staatsburg, NY; and brother-in-law, Harold H. Porter and wife, Ruth B. Porter, of Ulster Park, NY. Also surviving are nieces and nephews: Jason W. Hare, Meghan C. Hare Deitz and Jessica Deitz, Michael T. Hare, Amy E. Hare, Daniel J. Hare, Erin E. Hare, Jennifer Natoli and husband, David, and Chris Porter and wife, Kathi Porter, of Anchorage Alaska.

Inurnment took place on Monday April 14, 2014.

Memorial calling hours will be April 25 2014 from 4pm to 8pm at the Sweet's Funeral Home, Inc., Rte. 9, Hyde Park.

Graveside services and burial of her ashes will be at 10 am, Saturday, April 26th at St. Peter's Cemetery, Salt Point Road, Poughkeepsie. Pastor John Fritz will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, Donna's family respectfully requests memorial donations be made to the , Hudson Valley Region, 121 Executive Dr., New Windsor, NY 12553.

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Published in the Poughkeepsie Journal from Apr. 16 to Apr. 23, 2014
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