Dorothy DiIorio Porter passed away peacefully on Monday, July 8th, 2019, at East Georgia Regional Medical Center after a short illness. She celebrated her 85th birthday just six days prior to her death. She was born on July 2nd, 1934, in Allentown, Pennsylvania, to John and Dorothy DiIorio. On December 22nd, 1954, Dorothy married Johnie Porter in New Mexico while he was stationed in the US Airforce. The couple later moved to Georgia to start their family.
A devoted wife with three children of her own, Dorothy also had a home daycare and provided her services for other kids in the neighborhood. Even today, the impacts of her hospitality still resonate deeply with the people she cared for. She had a passion for travel and would almost have her bags packed before she knew where she was going. Her wanderlust led her to visit 48 US states, excluding North and South Dakota. Dorothy was an active member of Gracewood Baptist Church for many years, where she was often found sharing her blueberry cakes and homemade breads. Throughout her life, Dorothy loved to be in the company of her family and friends. She will be greatly missed, but her memory will carry on with them for generations to come.
Dorothy is preceded in death by her mother and father, John and Dorothy DiIorio, her brother, Jack and her husband, Johnie, of 62 years.
Surviving are two sons, Douglas Porter (Susan) and Michael Porter (Sheila); one daughter, Deborah Porter; two sisters, Carmella “Babs” Stanhope and Joan Valenti; two brothers, Jimmy DiIorio and Joseph “Joe” DiIorio; three grandchildren, Steven Porter (Courtney), Ryan Porter and Lauren Porter; one great-grandson, Grayson Porter and her fur baby, Little Bit.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, July 13th at 12:00 pm in the chapel of Deal Funeral Directors with Rev. Carl Ledbetter and Rev. Larry Bird officiating.
Visitation will be held Saturday, July 13th from 10:30 until the hour of the service.
Deal Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
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