2017-05-11 / Obituaries


1936 ~ 2017

Elizabeth Electa Porter, 80, of Cedar, died peacefully on April 27, 2017 at home with family by her side.

Elizabeth was born on April 27, 1936, in Lapeer, MI, to Hugh and Minnie (Seames) Coulter. She graduated from Lapeer High School and completed two years at Michigan State College before marrying Robert J. Porter on Nov. 10, 1956. At age 40, she returned to Michigan State University and earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees and completed her PhD coursework in Higher Education Administration. Before finishing her dissertation, Elizabeth was accepted into New York University’s Stern School of Business immersion program for academics and remained in New York until retiring from her career as a human resources and executive outplacement consultant with Lee Hecht Harrison. An avid gardener, Elizabeth was active in the Herbal Renewal Club and a member of Michigan Herb Associates.

Elizabeth is survived by her son, James, of Traverse City and daughter, Jill, of Maple City. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert J. Porter.

The family would like to thank the many friends and medical professionals who supported Elizabeth during the last ten months.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, May 25 at 11 a.m. at the Old Settlers Chapel on S. Dunn’s Farm Road. Interment will be held on May 26th at 11:00 a.m. at Stiles Cemetery, Lapeer.

Memorials may be directed to Hospice of Michigan, 10850 E. Traverse Hwy., Traverse City, MI 49686 and/or to a charity of one’s choice.

Please share memories and condolences with Elizabeth’s family at www.martinson.info.

Arrangements are with the Martinson Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Leelanau.

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