OBITUARY

Carol J. Porter

October 11, 1933March 31, 2020
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Carol J. Porter, of Kingwood, Texas went to her heavenly home on Tuesday, March 31, 2020, after a lengthy hospital stay. She fought the good fight and kept her positive attitude to the end.

Carol was born on October 11, 1933 in Miami, Oklahoma, to Tom and Jeanette Able. She spent her early life in the country and went to school in one-room schoolhouses with very few students. She met Norman, her husband of 53 years, when she was 5 and he was 6!

She graduated as the Salutatorian from Wyandotte High School in 1950 at 16 years old, and entered Northeastern A&M Junior College, graduating as Valedictorian, with an Associate of Arts degree in 1952. She then finished her college studies at Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor of Arts in 1954. There she was a member of Phi Kappa Phi. She also earned a Masters degree in Education from Stephen F. Austin University in 1979.

Carol began her career as a teacher, Student Council Sponsor and Department Chairman in the Tulsa, Oklahoma public schools in 1954. In 1957, she married her childhood sweetheart, Norman Eugene Porter. They both attended classes at the University of Tulsa. They welcomed their first son, David, in 1960, on Carol’s birthday, October 11.

After Norman graduated from Tulsa with a petroleum engineering degree, his career took the family to Houston, then to Corpus Christi, TX, where their second son, Greg, was born in 1963. For the next 10 years, the family moved between Corpus Christi, New Orleans, LA, and Lafayette, LA, before finally settling in Kingwood, TX in 1974. Carol continued to teach in junior high and high schools in all of those places.

During her career in Humber ISD, Carol served as both an Assistant and Associate Principal at Humble High School, Curriculum Coordinator for Fine Arts and the Gifted/Talented Program and Director of Special Populations, a position she held until her retirement in 1995.

Carol was an outstanding, organized, creative teacher and administrator, earning the love and respect from her co-workers as well as her students. She initiated and improved many programs during her career in Humble ISD, but her greatest joy was time spent with her family and friends. She and Norman were the epitome of “great” grandparents. They loved their 5 grandsons with a fierce passion and never missed a chance to spend time with them, whether it be at family reunions at Lake Tenkiller in Oklahoma, at their home in Kingwood or visiting their son’s homes in Dallas and New Braunfels. Carol continued her teaching with her grandsons, sharing many life lessons. She always made the lessons fun and she often joined them on the floor to participate in any game they had going. Her oldest grandson, Payton, never wanted to come home after spending 2 weeks at Nana and Papa’s house! As the boys got older, Carol introduced them to the theatre and museums, always being sure they were dressed like “little men” and acted appropriately. Carol and Norman followed them to their endless sporting events and activities, wherever they were playing.

And Carol could whip up a meal, for the entire neighborhood, in a jiffy! Family favorites were chicken fried steak with cream gravy and hamburger gravy for breakfast. If you didn’t go back for seconds, it was an insult! Norman always said that if Carol had been in the desert, she could find something to make a meal.

Carol’s wicked sense of humor, coupled with her intelligence, always made for a lively conversation. Though she suffered with health issues most of her life, the most debilitating being a diabetes diagnosis at 40 years old, you’d never know it. She was always positive, determined, dressed to the nines and up for an adventure. During their retirement years, she and Norman travelled to Alaska, British Columbia, even a safari in South Africa with David and Greg! She and her daughter-in-law, Gayle, attended a close family friend’s wedding in northern Italy and experienced Carnivale in Venice.

Carol cherished the many friendships she cultivated over the 46 years they lived in Kingwood. She was active in many community organizations and, not surprisingly, held leadership roles in most of them. She kept us posted about her wonderful neighbors, her Circle, PEO, Lunch Bunch, Retired Teachers Association and her church friends from the First Presbyterian Church of Kingwood. She was a faithful prayer warrior, an excellent listener and never missed a birthday. Even after Norman passed away in 2011, she never considered leaving her home in Kingwood, as she felt so comfortable and loved by her friends there. We are eternally grateful for the love and care that all of you showed Carol while she lived among you.

Carol was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Norman. She is survived by her sons, David (wife, Gayle) and Greg (wife, Kristen), five grandsons, Payton, Grayson, Chase, Zachary and Paxton, and one great granddaughter, Landon.

You won’t be surprised to know that she has listed specific instructions for her memorial service. She asked that instead of flowers for her service, please consider donations to either the Humble Area Retired Teachers Association or the First Presbyterian Church of Kingwood.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.kingwoodfuneralhome.com for the Porter family.

Services

  • Celebration of Life - Memorial Service

    Saturday, October 10, 2020

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Lynette Calfee

October 12, 2020

I was saddened to learn of Carol's passing. She was a lovely person and great educator always exhibiting warmth and professionalism to those that worked with her. My sincere condolences to her family. I know she was a blessing to many.

Mary and Gary Durant

October 11, 2020

Carol lived her faith. She fought the good fight and now she is in heaven with a new, STRONG body. To God be the glory!

We are reminded of the last verse of a contemporary song which brings hope to a broken world. May it bring comfort and joy to the Porter family and all who believe that Jesus Christ is their Savior:

And with your final heartbeat
Kiss the world goodbye
Then go in peace, and laugh on Glory's side, and
Fly to Jesus...
Fly to Jesus and LIVE!

Randall Moore

October 11, 2020

Mrs Porter was always a great teacher at HHS and she had a lot of school spirit too. Humble definitely has another angel watching over them now.
Godspeed Mrs Porter

Richard and Ann Briggs

October 10, 2020

Such a sweet Christian lady in the truest sense. We were privileged to be in a bible study with her over the last few years, and looked forward to their insights and knowledge.

Blessings to her family

Ann & Richard

James Bland

October 10, 2020

Carol Jean and Norman were gracious and opened up their home to us while Jim was taking his treatment at MDAnderson. That time allowed us to have family close and get reacquainted with cousins during some of the weekends.

Jim and Nancy Bland

Betty and John Thurmond

October 10, 2020

John and I spent many evenings with Carol and others in our Tuesday Study Group. She was always cheerful, dressed immaculately, and added thoughtful comments to the discussion. She never wanted to miss attending even though she was having health issues. John enjoyed seeing Carol weekly in their Sunday School class. She was active in many church activities, and was usually one of the leaders. She was a real energetic, organized woman who always gave 100% in anything she was associated with. We feel blessed to have known her. We send our most heartfelt condolences.

Lisa & Richard Curry

October 10, 2020

Dave, Gayle, Payton, Chase and Porter family.

Carol was such an incredible example to all of us. God placed her in this life to show us how to place him first in our life and he will guide us to our fullest potential.

She will be greatly missed but reminisce the incredible legacy left with her positive, compassionate, giving heart and love for the Lord.

We love you guys,

The Curry Clan
Richard, Lisa, Phillip, Sean, & Richard Nathan (Texas & Colorado)
Philippians 1:3, I thank my God in all my remembrance of you

Rose Padron-O’Neill

October 10, 2020

So sorry for your loss. My prayers go out to you and your family.

She was my 9th grade Principal 1979. Always smiling, fair and a wonderful person to talk to. I was a little rebellious and unconventional and she road me, in a good way, to keep my grades up, encouraged me through family struggles and was so positive and such a blessing. She will not be forgotten ❤️

Laura Ortiz (Rabon)

October 10, 2020

Carol Porter was my English teacher at Humble High in 1977. She was one of those teachers who impacted you with her bright smile, quick wit and efficient classroom. She was a Master teacher and I was fortunate enough to be her student. I will never forget after graduating from college with my teaching degree, I walked into Dave Bishop’s office at HHS back in 1985, nervous for my first interview for a teaching position, back at the school I had graduated from. The door to Dave’s office closed behind me and there to my astonishment was Carol Porter, sitting in on my interview! She had remembered me, and I always believed she was the reason I was hired. As a teacher at HHS, my experience was that Carol was the very best in leadership at Humble. She taught all of us how to manage stress with grace, keep one’s sense of humor, deal with folks with respect and dignity but firmness. She had been my teacher, but became a role model and mentor. I will always treasure my memories of her and am grateful to have known this strong woman. May the family know peace at this time.

Gary and Mary Durant

October 9, 2020

We were blessed to call Carol Porter our friend. Her smile was contagious, her heart.. pure, and her faith… undeniable. She was an amazing paradox: a gracious, elegant lady with the soul of a warrior. She spoke boldly of her heritage and fought valiantly through numerous illnesses. Carol Porter, child of God, you will always live in our hearts. Thank you for being YOU.

Our condolensces to Carol's family. May your memories of her give you great comfort.

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