Davison-Fulton Woodland Chapel & Parkview Cemetery

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Hayven Makenzi Porter

April 23, 2002July 26, 2020
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Peoria - Hayven Makenzi Porter, 18, of Peoria, passed away on Sunday, July 26, 2020. She was born on April 23, 2002 in Peoria, a daughter of Marcus Mize - Porter and Suzanne N. Jason.

Hayven is survived by her mother and step-father, Suzanne and Clint Hightower of Peoria; two brothers, Nicholas Porter of Illinois and Clinton Hightower, Jr. of Peoria; two sisters, Jariah Hightower and Aambrielle Alexander, both of Peoria; several grandparents; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her father and great-grandmother, Kathryn Survis.

Hayven was a graduate of Peoria High School Class of 2020, where she was Cum Laude, a Sterling Merit Recipient, an African American Hall of Fame Scholarship Recipient, and achieved the PSA Outstanding Senior Drama Award and the Henry Stepping Memorial Science Award. She loved music, singing, reading, performing on stage, and public speaking.

Hayven's celebration of life gathering will be private at Davison-Fulton Woodland Chapel in Peoria. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Hayven Porter Memorial Drama Fund care of Peoria High School. If in distress and need of support, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.


  • The Hayven Porter Memorial Drama Fund


  • Celebration of Life Gathering


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August 3, 2020

My Beautiful Grandprincess, all of your life all you did was Shine love to everyone you came into contact with.. I'm thankful the lord allowed you to be in my life.. I know youre in the presence of the lord where there's nothing but Joy Peace and Happiness..Thank you for showing us what love looks like, Thank you for always smiling even tho at times you wasn't happy. Oh by the way, you're going to be a TT...
I love you and your contagious smile & good heart for people an animal's will be missed.
Belinda Porter Carmichael

Tracey Kupper

August 2, 2020

Hayven was the best!! Her smile was infectious but if she wasn’t happy, watch out! I loved having her and the other kids (Nick) in my class!! My heart is truly broken! We have to change so kids can tell us their problems without fear. I love you Hayven ... you will be in ❤️! Prayers to everyone in her family, especially Mom!!!

Rosemary McCullough

August 2, 2020

The board of directors of the African American Hall of Fame Museum wishes to express their deepest sympathy upon the loss of Hayven. She is a star among the 2020 scholars. Hayven's achievements at Peoria High School included: being selected to attend a leadership conference at Illinois Central College with other high school leaders across Illinois; selected to job shadow five scientists at the National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research and she was especially selected by NACUR to participate in their student research day. Hayven's diligence in the pursuit of academic excellence was evidenced by her 4.2 grade point average. She had an enthusiasm for being involved in her school and performed in various theatrical productions at Peoria High School. The board of the African American Hall of Fame Museum hopes that time will ease the sorrow of your heart. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Rosemary McCullough, President
African American Hall of Fame Museum
Board of Directors

Ms. Mitchell

July 31, 2020

I had the pleasure of knowing Hayven for two years. We always spoke to each other in the hallway. Her smile was always so bright to those around her. We worked together to get scholarship applications completed, communicated through email and I gave her extra time when needed to get her applications in. She worked hard! It was a pleasure to see her hang out in the Counseling office and work on things she needed to get done. I loved her energy when she was working on certain English assignments. She was great in drama, she set the stage off whether performing or being the mistress of ceremonies. She was awesome to know in the short time I knew her. I took my last photo of Hayven during diploma pick up. It is one that I will cherish forever remembering her bright smile and bubbling personality.

Robin survis

July 31, 2020

I remember the first time I met Hayven. Hayven and grandma Angie met Jay, Brandi, Haylie and I at Bob Evans for a meal. Hayven was very outgoing and sweet to Haylie, who is a few years younger than Hayven and very shy with new people. They hit it off immediately and snapchated with each other for some time. We will all miss Hayven but we know we will see Hayven again when we are all in God's house! Xoxoxo to you, Hayven!

Jessica Travis

July 30, 2020

I was blessed to know Hayven briefly. Her bright smile was honestly contagious! I enjoyed listening to her tell stories of when she was little playing with her cousins and siblings. A silly game they called Cinderella and funny stories about a creepy doll at her Aunt's house. She will always be remembered foundly by myself and countless others. Love and Peace.

Trinity Sankey

July 30, 2020

If I never met Hayven, my sophomore and Junior year would've been terrible.

Hayven heard me loud and clear when nobody else did she saw me and heard me.

Havyen made sure every morning before we walked in drama class she Screamed Hi and gave me the most loving hug.

She hated when I called her Heaven she loved making me smile.
She loved getting back at me for calling her the wrong name. Though now she was wrong Hevean was her name still is.

She loved to tell us at lunch and in class her stories of home and child hood
While making new stories with us.

She was super loud but the only loud I could tolerate while smiling.

One thing about Hayven is She was beautiful and treated me, everyone she ever encounter as how much as she loved herself.

A beautiful spirit like hers is not vain.

I so badly wish I can hug her one more time or cover her chest being silly and overprotective.

Cheer for her on the stage.

One of my dreams for Hayven was to watch her on Tv or see her success on a build board and when we both got successful we’d bump into each other at the grocery store and she’d be the same engergic loving Hayven.

This loss has broken my heart but I am thankful to still be able to remember her laughter to warm me up, exactly like her hugs did.

I love you Heaven, I remember saying it once without really knowing how I love you meant but This time I love you!!!

- Until we meet again from Trina Bega

E’Mya Funches

July 30, 2020

Hayven was so nice once she played the Xbox with me. She was nice enough to exit out of her game to show me my sim. She gave me BIG hugs. I really really miss her.

Ash Wright

July 30, 2020

Hayven never failed to make me smile no matter if she could tell I wasn’t feeling it that day. That bright smile she walked down the hallway with could like up the world. I remember our first musical together, I was struggling with my lines a bit and the part in general but hayven never hesitated to help me out. She made me laugh on a daily!! Every time she saw me in the hallway she would say “hi mama” I was her “mama” in the musical and she was my baby. She will forever be loved and she will be dearly missed by so many. We all know you are in a better place now. Love you Hay! May you Rest In Peace!! ~Love Ash.

Jariah Hightower

July 30, 2020

When me and Bella was younger we used to think it was so cool to sleep in Hayven’s room and we would have sleepover and have dances parties.