Mary Esther Coffey Porter, 76, of Alton, beloved wife, mother, and grandmother, passed from this life at 7:25 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, at Alton Memorial Hospital after a long illness.
She was born on April 16, 1938, in Jacksonville, the daughter of the late Garnet and Dona (Proffitt) Coffey.
Her stepfather was Cyle Rash.
Mary attended schools in Jacksonville, Canton, and St. David, Ill. She married Kenneth Lee Porter in Canton on Oct. 10, 1959, and they just celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary.
After spending the last 55 years devoted to each other, they spent their anniversary last Friday together celebrating a lifetime of love.
Other survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Dona Terri Cameron (Stace), of Springfield and Julie A. Ross (Clifford), of Alton; four grandchildren and their spouses, Kenneth C. Ross (Julia), of Columbia, Mo., Caitlin E. Reichert (Brendan), of Springfield, Kyle P. Ross of Boston, Mass., and Kelsey M. Ross of Edwardsville; two great-grandchildren, Juniper Claire Ross and Cullen Porter Ross of Columbia, Mo.; and one sister, Margaret R. Miller of Florida..
Mary graduated from Olin Nursing School in 1966 and worked for many years at Eunice Smith Extended Care Unit. She also worked as a legal assistant and at the SIUE Dental School. Mary loved to read C.S. Lewis and other inspirational writers, as well as to garden, and spending time with her grandchildren, and making crafts for her children and grandchildren. She loved the ocean and made many memories with her family with years of visits to Daytona Beach. Mary was a devout Christian and attended Brighton Christian Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her brothers, Samuel E. Coffey, Carl D. Coffey, and James Coffey.
In celebration of her life, memorial services will be at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, at the Brighton Christian Church. Pastor Ron Bottens will officiate and her granddaughter Kelsey M. Ross will assist.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Brighton Christian Church.
Online guestbook available at www.pitchfordfuneralhome.com.
Pitchford Funeral Home in Wood River is in charge of arrangements.