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Donna Porter


Donna Porter, age 93, of Marysville, passed away on Monday, December 4, 2017 at her residence surrounded by loving family. Born January 6, 1924 in Marion, OH to the late Phillip Franklin and Edith Sara (Taggart) Ruhl. She married the love of her life, Ervin Bovell Porter, on January 7, 1945 at the Epworth Church in Marion. The two shared 60 wonderful years together.

She worked as a stenographer at Marion Power Shovel Co. directly out of high school in 1942. In 1957, she went back to work as the secretary to the senior minister at Epworth United Methodist Church, working there for 12 years. In 1970, she became the secretary for the director of client relations at Floyd Browne and Associates, working there for 21 years. After moving to Columbus in 1990, she worked at Epcon Realty as an open house hostess until she was 88 years of age.

Faithful member of Bethel United Methodist Church where she was involved in Bible studies, helping with children and serving the needs of others whenever she could.

Survived by son, Jack (Evelyn) Porter of Dawsonville, GA; daughter, Janet (Bill) Howard of Marysville, OH; six grandchildren, Todd (Vina) Porter, Kevin (Addie) Porter, Brittney (Kent) Greer, Kelly (Robert) Hammersmith, Chad (Melissa) Porter and Gina (Jeremy) Dietz; twelve great-grandchildren whom loved her dearly.

Preceded in death by beloved husband, Ervin Bovell Porter and her eight siblings.

A Memorial Service to celebrate Donna’s life will be held at 10:30 AM on   Monday, December 11, 2017 at Marysville Grace Brethren Church, 17240 Amrine-Wood Rd. Marysville, OH 43040. Memorial contributions may be made to Bethel United Methodist Church, 1220 Bethel Rd. Columbus, OH 43220.


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  • Marilyn Pramschufer says:

    What a wonderful woman! Janet, Bill, Kelly and family, your loss is great and I know you will miss your Mother, Grandmother and Great- Grandmother. I pray you are comforted by the model she provided for future generations and the peace knowing she is now at rest.

  • Tina & Monte Chester says:

    Janet, Bill, Kelly and family. We’re so sorry for your loss and know that she will be missed by so many. What a long and wonderful life she had. You will all be in our thoughts and prayers in the coming days.

  • Carroll Bosse says:

    Donna was a great lady and will be missed by all she knew Prayers and sympathy to her family. She is now at peace.

  • Kim Fields says:

    Dear Janet, Bill & Family,So sorry for your loss!! Donna was such a sweetheart!! I know you all took such good care of her, & she will be missed!! Love you all very much!! Kim & Harold Fields

  • peggy penry says:

    Love and prayers from Peggy Penry/Jim/Don/Jack Lane
    she was a lovely caring lady and we are proud to say she was family

  • Shelly Dillon says:

    I have thought of her so often and wondered about her. I did her hair for several years and loved her very much. What a”gem” of a lady! I’m very sorry for your loss.

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