OBITUARY

Jessie Lee Portee

May 17, 1929October 31, 2018

Jessie Lee (Freemon) Portee was born May 17, 1929 to Isaac and Minnie Freemon. She was the youngest of eighteen children. She grew-up and attended elementary school in Kensett, Arkansas, graduating from high school in Kansas City, Kansas.

From her first marriage to Rudolph Mills, two daughters were born, Vivian L. and Dorothy L. Mills. In 1960 she met and married Nicholas B. Portee and they made their home in the Village of East Chicago Heights, Illinois (currently known as Ford Heights, Illinois). From this union were born two additional daughters, Anita L. and Dorice L. Portee.

For thirty-four years, Jessie worked as a Certified Cafeteria Manager (Dietitian) for School District 169, coordinating the daily operations and preparation of the breakfast and lunch programs for the three district schools. Programs which are continuing today in the spirit of excellence that she implemented years ago. Mrs. Portee, as she was called, was known and loved by generations of students; many parents remembered her fondly from their own school days. Everyone knew and loved Mrs. Portee! She never let a child go hungry.

Jessie gave her life to Christ at a very early age. She later joined Progressive Missionary Baptist Church of East Chicago Heights, where she sang in the choir and was a cook for numerous annual events. Her leadership skills and desire to serve her community was evident as she hired and mentored many young and older women and led them with an attitude of excellence.

Jessie loved traveling and fishing-as long as someone else baited her hook and took the fish off for her. After retiring she and her husband moved to Las Vegas, Nevada. She joined From the Heart Church Ministries of Las Vegas, Nevada in 2014. She remained a member until her passing on October 31, 2018.

Jessie was preceded in death by her husband, Nicholas Portee, daughter, Dorothy L (Mills) Gossett, parents Ike and Minnie Freemon and 17 siblings. Jessie leaves to cherish her memory three daughters: Vivian L (Mills) Range (Nathaniel), Anita L (Portee) McCary (Charles), and Dorice L. (Portee) Wilson, nine grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren, five great-great grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and adopted family members.

Services

  • Visitation Monday, November 12, 2018
  • Funeral Service Monday, November 12, 2018
REMEMBERING

Jessie Lee Portee

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Shirley R Anderson

November 11, 2018

Momma Portee you will be truly missed your daughter and I became really great friends through school. One of my memories I would never forget was our 8th graduation. How we all came to the house and celebrated with Reesie and the family. Reesie my condolences to you and the family just know she’s at peace and didn’t suffer I truly know how you feel I love you and I’m here just a plane ride away or a phone call I love you. My condolences and prayers familyπŸ™πŸ½

Carolyn Adams

November 11, 2018

Words are hard to find when some one love goes home. We know she is with our savior along with all the family that's gone before, they are sharing that big smile of her that I remember, when we first met. The smile I remember as the years passed was always there along with quick wit. ( She gave me a big hug and said Carolyn , you got fat I could not help but laugh its the way she said it just too funny). Thou we did not get see her very often our hearts are always filled with the love that always remain.
Those who are there with her are so very happy to see her and be embraced by those loving arms.
Our hearts go out to you as you mourn your loss, you are in our prayers for comfort and peace that only God can provide.
Love
Harold and Carolyn

Maggie Johnson

November 10, 2018

I met Momma through Reesie. We worked at the dermatologists office together and became best friends/sisters!! She introduced me to her mom and dad and they were absolutely the most wonderful people!! From the moment I met you, you made me feel welcomed and loved. Your beautiful smile, laughter and warm embrace always felt like home. I had the privilege of being welcomed into your family and being able to call you Momma. You treated me like one of your own and that meant so much to me. I never once felt like I wasn’t a part of your family. Your whole family was just like you and welcomed me with open arms. They are a great testament to what a wonderful, kind, caring and loving momma and grandmomma you were!! I remember all of our times together with such love, laughter and fondness. We had so many good times together eating all of our good food and laughing!! You will truly be missed, love you always.

Stephanie Henley

November 10, 2018

I remember meeting Momma Portee for the first time as Dorice and I started our first day of kindergarten at District 169. That contagious smile that Momma Portee always displayed each and everyday. She was a woman of wisdom, grace and affection toward others. No one was a stranger or less important that she wouldn't start a conversation with πŸ™‚. To my dearest friend Reese Cups "Dorice" my prayers and thoughts are with you and the entire Portee Family. Reese as you may find yourself becoming a little sad as you think of Momma..I hope that you will find comfort in knowing that God sends for the one's who are ready and who has fulfilled their assignment here on earth. Momma Portee was ready! And now she's with her Heavenly Father smiling and definitely conversating with everyone! Love you Reese and praying for your continued strength.

Donna Desiderio

November 9, 2018

Four Beautiful Ladies. Love you all. πŸ˜‡πŸ˜˜πŸ™

Marie Desiderio

November 9, 2018

I knew Jessie only about 5 years. The times we had gatherings together were joyful & it was a pleasure to be in her company. She was kind, caring & lovable not to mention hilarious! I will always remember her as a β€œLovely β€œ woman! She will be missed by all. RIP!πŸ™πŸ»πŸ’πŸ’•

Anita McCary

November 9, 2018

Donna Desiderio

November 9, 2018

My name is Donna Desiderio. I met Jessie Portee when I met Reesie, over 5 years ago. It was an honor to meet and know such a humble wonderful woman. I always called her Sexy Momma or Hot Momma, because she is a beautiful lady. She would say hello Sexy Momma back. πŸ˜‡. I remember her always loving to be around her family, as they always were going out to eat to different places. She loved the casinos and she also loved food, especially Ribs. As I remember her eating a rib for hours by the tv. I had a picture of it but I don’t know where it is. When she would come over with the family, I always enjoyed her company as I was so blessed to have her in my home. She would even love on and hold my guinea pigs. I’m happy that she met my mom as well. I will miss blowing and giving her kisses as she knew that about me. She will always have a special place in my heart. I love you Hot Momma and will never forget you. Hugs and kisses. Up in heaven. RIP. Love always Donna. πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡πŸ˜˜πŸ˜˜πŸ˜˜πŸ˜˜

Yulanda Franklin Dudley

November 9, 2018

I remember growing up in Progressive Baptist with the Portee family. Mrs. Portee was always an inspiration to me up until her transition. My last memory was the dinner we had August 28, 2018, while I was in Las Vegas. We talked, laughed and she wanted to go out on the strip to see a few of the new hotels. Dorice along with her children, my friend Marsha and I granted her request. I loved this lady because she was always kind and loving. My condolence to the entire family your mom was a jewel. She enjoyed life. Rest up beautiful lady see you in the Rapture.

Vada Wiley-Andrews

November 7, 2018

I remember my mom (Roberta Wiley passed away 12-25-15) working with Mrs. Portee, Mrs. Stone and Mrs. Hicks going up to the school at times to see my mom the ladies had a great admiration for their boss and it showed in how they prepared the meals and cared for the children in Dist. 169. Not only did I know Mrs. Portee from Dist. 169, she lived in my neighborhood and we attended the same church. Awesome woman and truly will be missed.