Affectionately known in her younger years as “Bobbie,” Barbara Ruth (Axon) Porter (January 29, 1929 – November 6, 2021), Barbara passed peacefully at home with family members by her side. A loving and caring wife, Barbara always believed the love of Christ was the most important blessing one could have in this world, living her life helping others, and sharing Christ’s love. One of Barbara’s vital gifts is her love of people and always finding the good in others. Her radiant smile encompassed everyone.
Marrying her high school sweetheart in June of 1949, Barbara celebrated 72 years of marriage with her husband, Roy, this past year. Barbara always enjoyed preparing family get togethers, especially hosting Holiday feasts. Times around the dinner table were filled with family, friends, joy, good conversation, good food, love and laughter. During her lifetime Barbara worked for North America Life Insurance and Fitzgerald Mercy Hospital. An advocate for adults with mental health challenges, Barbara also worked at Compeer encouraging clientele to become engaged in life and to live as active members of society, building friendships through mentoring, and teaching how to face adversity thru grace and dignity. Her greatest joy, however, was being Mother to five children.
Barbara is pre-deceased by her parents, Gertrude A. and Thomas A. Axon, and her dearly loved son, David Jonathan Porter. Barbara leaves to their memory, her beloved husband, LeRoy D. Porter, her sister, Patricia A. (Axon) Blanken, and her four surviving children: Barbara, Patricia, Debra, LeRoy, Jr., and their spouses. With an “open door” policy, Barbara and Roy often cared for their grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Barbara is survived by eight grandchildren, three step-grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews all of whom she loved deeply.
Barbara would want shared one of her favorite Biblical verses: “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,” Ephesians 2:8.
The family would like to thank the Compassus Hospice staff and visiting doctors for their care and kindness expressed thru these past months.
Services will be held Thursday, November 11, 2021 at 10:30 a.m., Cavanagh Funeral Home, Norwood, PA