Joyce McPherson Porter

March 7, 1931January 8, 2021
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Joyce McPherson Porter, age 89, of Middletown, Ohio passed away on Friday, January 8, 2021. She was born March 7, 1931 in Middletown, Ohio, the daughter of T.E. and Betty McPherson.

Joyce grew up attending Crawford Street Church of God, later, a new church was built in 1976, Breiel Blvd. Church of God. She graduated from Miami University (Oxford). Joyce taught school at Hunter Elementary for 25 years. She also taught Yoga in evening school and also, went to the school for the handicapped young adults and taught Yoga...They called her the "Yoga Lady". Joyce loved her many students over the years. When she started looking at FACEBOOK, many of her students wrote kind words to her, saying, "She was their favorite teacher".

When volunteering at the old Middletown Hospital, she and Dale were in many of "The Follies" productions to raise money for extra equipment for the hospital.

After retirement Dale and Joyce went to Buttonwood Bay in Florida and danced on a performance team of cloggers for nearly 10 years in the winter.

Joyce went from the former Middletown Hospital, to serve in the new Atrium Medical Center (2007). She enjoyed anything that she could do to help someone. She had many friends there, Lola, Joann, Eleanor, Bev, Bill & Jim (and many others).

Joyce wrote 3 books...The Biggest Blizzard, The Terrible Tornado and "To Steve with Love", (a book of poems).

Joyce is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Dale J. Porter; son, Stephen L. Porter and sister, Odema Lois.

She is survived by her daughter, Constance D. (Chuck) Hom; son, Gregory (Roxanne) Porter; grandchildren, Alex Weikel, Julie (Tabitha) Hom, Gregory D. (Heather) Porter; Michael S. (Rebekah) Porter; great-grandchildren, Madison K. Porter, Paige M. Porter, Levin M. Porter, Kyle S. Porter and Thatcher Hom; and sister, Faye Goff. There were many special cousins and friends, cousins Judy and Paul would pray for us if we texted them.

A visitation for Joyce will be held Thursday, January 14, 2021 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM at Breitenbach-Anderson Funeral Home, 517 S. Sutphin Street, Middletown, Ohio 45044. Funeral Service will follow at 11:00 am at the funeral home with Pastor Adam Profitt officiating. Entombment will be at Woodside Cemetery Mausoleum.

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Sherry Bays Langhorne

January 14, 2021

Dear Greg, Connie, spouses and family,
Words cannot express the loss we feel of your beautiful mother. She was the epitome of class and grace. She made us all aspire to be like her when we grew up. Her energy was contagious!! I love the fact that many of us had siblings who were also fortunate enough to have her as well. She has been in our convos over the years!!
Deepest condolences,
Sherry and John Langhorne

Raylene Pelfrey

January 14, 2021

Don and I were close friends of Joyce and Dale and their family for 60 years. Such beautiful people! We share with the family in the loss of her presence with us but rejoice knowing she is with the Lord. We will miss her as she was a devoted encouraging presence to all she met. Well done, thou good and faithful servant. Our sympathy goes out to Greg and Roxanne, Connie and Chuck, and all the grandchildren.

Carolyn Smith (Fisher)

January 13, 2021

I will be praying for the family in the days ahead. Mrs. Porter is one of those teachers you never forget. I had her for 3rd grade almost 40 years ago and she was the best. I have ran into over the years at different places around town and she always called me by name. Beautiful Christian lady who made a lasting impact on so very many lives!!! I am grateful I was one of those lives. I can only imagine the people you are meeting in heaven who first learned of Jesus’ love for them inside your classroom. ♥️

Melissa Rubbo (Barrett)

January 12, 2021

Dear Mrs. Porter, you will be greatly missed. You were my 3rd grade teacher at Hunter Elementary many years ago. You were definitely my favorite teacher; always loving, enthusiastic, and patient. I am now a 3rd grade teacher myself! You instilled in me a love of learning that I continue to carry with me. You've touched so many lives over the years and will always be remembered. Condolences to the Porter family. May you rest in peace in the arms of our Heavenly Father.

Julie Shackelford

January 11, 2021

I had her as my 3rd grade teacher and loved her very much. She had such an influence on me and can still recite The Lord's Prayer that she taught our class. I'm so proud to still let anybody know that I learned it in 3rd grade at school. She will be missed.

Misti Lunsford

January 10, 2021

I'm at a loss for words 😥😥 So many wonderful memories came flooding in my mind ! You were the best teacher I have ever had ! I was so shy and afraid of so much and you made me feel safe and always showed you cared. Spending time with you outside of school always made me so happy, I could not wait to ride in your Orange Corvette then listen to your teaching stories as we would go through your old teachers books you would give to me because I wanted to be just like you when I grew up . Mrs.Porter, my heart hurts that you're gone and I'm so heartbroken for your family and friends. I Love You Always and will NEVER forget you and everything you did for me !
My deepest sympathy for the family and friends! All of you are in my Thoughts and Prayers!

Misti Lunsford

Melody Crowe

January 10, 2021

Mrs. Porter was one of my favorite teachers! She helped install my love of math.... I had her for math in 3rd grade at Hunter over 40 years ago...such a great role model to her students...I ended up majoring in math! I thought she was the coolest teacher ever ....loved her orange corvette! Prayers for the family at this time of great loss.

Jay Byrne

January 10, 2021

My thoughts and prayers to her family. May her positive memories and life lessons she taught you help you during this difficult time. Mrs. Porter was my second grade teacher at Hunter. She was one of a kind and such a wonderful and caring person. I am truly blessed to have had her in my life. She made such a positive impact on me and I will be forever thankful. May she Rest In Peace.

Patti Janeway Groves

January 9, 2021

Mrs. Porter was my second grade teacher at Hunter Elementary School. She was my favorite teacher ever and taught me how to spell. She will always be in my memories. Much love and comfort to her family and friends, from the Janeway family.