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Doris L. Porter

9/3/1924 - 12/10/2017

PEKIN ~ Doris Louise Porter, 93, of Pekin, passed away at 5:45 p.m. Sunday, December 10, 2017 at Pekin Manor.

Born September 3, 1924 in Bremerhaven, Germany to Ernst and Christine (Henrikson) Kieck, she married Howard Russell Porter on January 24, 1948 in Pekin.  He died December 27, 1961 in Pekin.  She was also preceded in death by her parents and her step-mother, Emma Hahn, who raised her.

Surviving are three sons, Rolf (Pauline) Kieck of Bremerhaven, Germany, Donald (Sharon) Porter of Athens, and Rick (Carla) Porter of Pekin; three daughters, Christy (Ed) Hart of Delavan, Peggy (Jay) Goldberg of Pekin, and Patty (Chuck) Smith of Boulder, Colorado; seventeen grandchildren, Sonja, Gunnar, Oliver, Elizabeth, Eric, John, Richard, James, Derek, Crisi, Cory, Tina, Wendy, Ian, Arlan, Brittany, and Ashley; twenty-six great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.

After her husband’s death, Doris worked hard to raise and support her children.  She had worked at Pekin Hospital as a nursing aide for 13 years.  Previously, she had been a waitress at the Isolina Hotel and Princess Café, both in Pekin. 

Doris enjoyed bowling, reading, crocheting, and scrapbooking for her family.  Her greatest joy was spending time with her family.  She was of the Lutheran faith.

Her memorial service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, December 16, 2017 at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.  Visitation will be from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.  Inurnment will be at Lakeside Cemetery in Pekin.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice or do an act of kindness in her memory.

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