Rita Lynn Porter

January 8, 1953March 28, 2018

RITA LYNN PORTER, 65, of Louisville, passed away on Wednesday, March 28, 2018, at her home after a long battle with cancer.

Rita was born on January 8, 1953, in Effingham, IL, to Leo and Delores “Dee” (O’Dell) Miller. She married Gary Porter on January 2, 1975, in Fort Myers, FL. She served as a Circuit Clerk for Clay County until her retirement. She loved her job as the Circuit Clerk, and was a member of the Circuit Clerk Association. She is also a member of the Red Brush Christian Church in Louisville. She loved taking photos, going shopping, and spending time with friends and family. She loved watching the Cardinals play baseball.

Rita is survived by her husband, Gary; children, Holli (Steven) Schultz of Farina, IL and Josh (Michelle) Porter of Louisville; grandson, Kyle Porter of Louisville; step-grandchildren, Taylor & Brayden Kuhns, and Alaya & Kylee Schultz; and mother-in-law, Bernita Porter.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Sharon Wood; nephew, Brad Wood; and father-in-law, Henry Porter.

A visitation will be held on Saturday, March 31, from 2 to 3 pm at the Red Brush Christian Church in Louisville. Funeral service will be held immediately following at 3 pm. Burial will be at Red Brush Christian Cemetery.

Memorials may be directed to the Clay County Cancer Crusaders.

Arrangements under the direction of Hosselton Funeral Home, Cisne, IL.



  • Visitation Saturday, March 31, 2018
  • Visitation Saturday, March 31, 2018


  • Burial

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Mary Saras

April 7, 2018

Gary, Aunt Bernita, & family,
Sending condolences and prayers. Rita was such a lovely and positive person. Know her passing leaves a hole in your hearts. Love you all.
Mary Saras

Tracy Gould

March 30, 2018

I didn't know Rita well but it didn't matter she always had a quick smile and a hello for you when she met you. She came into the bank one day to see Holli as I was headed out the door, it was raining and she insisted I take her umbrella and she would just wait for me. Yeah she was that kind of person. Rita rest in peace.

Dan Mueller

March 30, 2018

It was an honor knowing and working with Rita for many, many years during her time as circuit clerk – and thereafter. The office of circuit clerk comes with many challenges, which Rita always met with a kind word and smile. She was a great public servant. God bless her on her continued journey. Her family and loved ones are in my prayers. She will be missed by all. Dan Mueller, Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts-Retired.

Linda Martin

March 30, 2018

Gary and Family,

We are truly sorry for your loss. Rita was a great gal and a good friend. She fought a long battle with a positive outlook, a deep faith in God and always with her beautiful smile. Everyone who knew her will miss her. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time and in the days ahead. May God comfort you. RIP Rita❣️

Bud and Linda Martin

Cindy Svanda

March 30, 2018

Rita was part of our Circuit Clerk family. She was a good friend and mentor to all. All of us that got to serve with her and got to know her were blessed. She fought a long hard battle. My prayers are with her family. May you find comfort in the days ahead. I know I speak for our entire association, if any of us can do anything for you, please ask. Cindy Svanda Jackson County Curcuit Clerk

Julie Hecht

March 29, 2018

I worked with Rita for many years when I was a court reporter. She was an excellent clerk and even better person. I enjoyed my time with her. I am so sorry to the family for their loss.

Sandy Parker

March 29, 2018

Rita was a fellow Circuit Clerk and once the Southern IL Clerks found out my mom was from down there, I had friends for life. She was so dedicated to her job. Rita loved a good joke and to laugh and she just sparkled most of the time, unless you got her irritated. Then you knew she could be a force to reckon with....I found out about her cancer after I told her about mine. She was so supportive and encouraging and we tried to lift each other up. Her Facebook posts where she shared her faith with everyone was like a ministry. I loved reading the verses and stories she found to post. It helped get my days off on the right foot. Eventually the cancer put a stop to her posts, but it didn't stop those she had touched from praying for her and trying to give back. Cancer may have taken her life, but it will never silence her spirit or extinguish the joy in her soul. Jesus Reigns and the heavens are singing it's welcome. Go forth in peace and claim that new body the Bible promises. See you on the other side Rita.