Ellen Maronica “Pache” Porter went home to the Lord on August 2, 2022. She was born in the Hattonsville section of Portsmouth to Evelyn Boone Porter and James H. Porter, Sr. on October 11, 1962. She was the youngest of 12 siblings. Her mother passed away in 1964 when she was only 18 months old, and so her upbringing was mostly shaped by her older sisters. This positioned her to not only be the “fun aunt” but the bonus big sister to a host of treasured nieces and nephews.
Ellen began her education in Portsmouth Public Schools and later attended Norfolk Public Schools after the family relocated to Norfolk. She was employed as a supervisor in the housekeeping department of Navy Gateway Inns & Suites until her health declined.
“Pache” was predeceased by her parents, a sister, Gloria Jean Porter, and four brothers, James, Jr., Ronald, Leo, and William Porter. She leaves to cherish her memory two daughters, Joy and Kellie Porter, five sisters, Nora Lee Brown and her husband Vernon of North Plainfield, NJ, Earlean “Tonie” White, and her husband Nelson of Norfolk, Jacqueline McCoy of Norfolk, Blanche Coker and her husband Arlo of Philadelphia, PA, and Estelle Newkirk and her husband John of Plainfield, NJ., and a brother Dwayne Porter and his wife Sandra of Jacksonville, NC. Also devoted life partner of more than 20 years Byron Woods, and a multitude of nieces, nephews and cousins.
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Cheryl worrell saysAugust 5, 2022 at 12:49 pm
My condolences to the family Ellen my Dear friend you will be missed more then anyone know. I’m going to miss our talks and prayer times. We lost touch with each other after I lost my son. But ten years later you found me again and we said we would never lose each other again and we didn’t . Rest until we meet again. Sending my Love
Kellie Porter saysAugust 6, 2022 at 4:38 pm
Mommy I love you and I will carry on every memory of you. I will miss our talks on the porch, hearing your voice call me your girl and to get that lip stain kiss on my cheek.
Joy Porter saysAugust 9, 2022 at 6:15 am
Hey my girl I love you soooooo soooooo much mommy please continue to hold us tight
Kenya saysAugust 10, 2022 at 9:37 pm
Sending my condolences and love. I’m going to miss you always telling me you so smart I love you girl. My mommy misses you also. You are a true friend and we will forever love you. Thank you for everything in life til we meet again Auntie. 😘
Rita saysAugust 12, 2022 at 5:52 pm
My condolences for your lost God has truly received another angel, she will truly be missed. Your neighbor @ 6208, I will keep your family in prayer. 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾
Tanya and Lamont Coker saysAugust 12, 2022 at 9:26 pm
Goodbyes are not forever
Goodbyes are not the end
They simply mean I miss you, until we met again!! Condolences and prayers to the family in this time of need. Love Always
Kevin coker saysOctober 4, 2022 at 7:38 pm
I love you auntie ❤️💋