OBITUARY

Mary Rita Porte

10 May, 192922 October, 2020
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Mary Rita Porte, age 91, passed away peacefully at home with family surrounding her on Thursday, October 22, 2020. She was born May 10, 1929 in Detroit, the daughter of Antonio and Antonia Vella.

Mary was a graduate of St. Vincent High School and as a life-long learner, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan-Dearborn at the age of 68. Mary was an avid artist accomplished in ceramics, water color, and multiple other artistic media.

Dear mother of Susan (Richard) Hinshon, Richard (Betsy) Porte, Dennis Porte, Michael Porte, Patricia McGraw and Julie (Mark) Vega. Loving grandmother of Said (Aimee) Bin Yunus, Christie (Steven) McPharlin, Andrew (Shannon) Porte, James (Lisa) Porte, Erin McGraw and Carlo Vega. Proud great-grandmother (Gigi) of Zaynab Bin Yunus, Finnigan McPharlin, Kara McPharlin, Maxwell Porte, Mason Porte and Abigail Porte. Mary was preceded in death by her parents, her brother John and her daughter Susan.

A Memorial Service will be held at 4:00 P.M. on Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, 1730 East Grand River Avenue, East Lansing, MI 48823 with Deacon John Finn officiating. The service will also be live streamed at www.facebook.com/163145830381110/

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Mary's honor may be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital (Mary Porte Memorial Fund) (see link below) or Sparrow Hospice (under donation information, click designation, then choose hospice) (see link below).

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Ken Wisniewski

28 October 2020

Dear Mary Porte Family,

I am so sorry for the loss of your Mom, Grandmother and Great Grandmother.

Mary would always have a smile and take time to say a few words with me. I also remember those rides home from Sacred Heart School in her rusty Plymouth! Happy memories.

You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Ken W.

Christie McPharlin

28 October 2020

I remember looking at her art and giving my art. 💜 I always loved laughing with her. You were always the best Gigi!!! I will miss you always!

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