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Francine Joy Porad

Francine Joy PORAD 9/3/1929 - 9/27/2006 Francine J. Porad passed away, surrounded by her loving family, September 27, 2006 following a lengthy illness. Francine was born in Seattle, Washington on September 3, 1929 to Morris and Gertrude (Volchok) Harvitz. A life-long resident of Seattle, she married Bernard L. Porad in 1949 and moved to Mercer Island in 1953. She moved to Bellevue, Washington in 2003, where she lived until her passing. She was a graduate of Broadway High School in Seattle and the University of Washington, where she earned a B.A. degree in Fine Arts. She was a member of Temple De Hirsch Sinai. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bernard in 2002, and is survived by her sister, Bobbi (Bob) Bridge and brother, Larry (Irene) Harvitz. She leaves behind her loving children, Laurie, Bruce (June), Ken (Ann), Constance (C. Michael Brannan), Marci Albright and Jeff; grandchildren, Adina, Vanessa, Taylor and Kathryn Porad, Stephanie and Brian Albright, April (Mike Bogle) and great-grandson, Cameron Bogle will also miss her. Francine was an internationally acclaimed poet and artist. She produced art in a variety of media since the 1970's. She exhibited her work in multiple one-woman and juried shows in the Pacific Northwest, nationally and internationally. Awards include the Adirondacks National and the National League of American Pen Women's Washington State Art Competition. In addition to her contributions to the world of art, she was a prolific writer and widely-published haiku poet. Her haiku are in current publications in the U.S., Canada, England, Croatia, Australia, Romania and Japan. She was a former president of the Haiku Society of America, and founded Haiku NW Poets/Readers. She was editor for eight years of Brussels Sprout, an international journal of haiku and art. Francine was a frequent guest lecturer and presenter, was a mentor to a generation of artists and poets, and was editor of numerous other publications. She juried many national and international haiku/senryu/tanka competitions. In addition to many other awards and recognitions, she was an award winner of the Itoen Tea Contest in Japan, and the Japan Poetry Society's International Tanka Competition. In addition to her professional life, she was committed to her family and was involved in her children's activities. She loved to travel and looked forward to annual family trips to Mazatlan, Mexico. She also volunteered her time over the years to the Camp Fire Girls and to the Red Cross Gray Ladies (Kline-Galland Home). She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, September 29, 2006 at the Butterworth-Arthur Wright Chapel, Queen Anne, 520 W. Raye St., Seattle. Interment will follow at Hills of Eternity Cemetery. Remembrances are suggested to a favorite charity.
Published in The Seattle Times on Sept. 29, 2006
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