Dolores Porter

Dolores Elaine Porter

Wednesday, April 29th, 1931 - Sunday, April 25th, 2021
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Dolores Elaine Porter,89, of Palatka, died Sunday, April 25, 2021 at Haven Hospice Roberts Care Center after a long illness.

Dolores was born April 29, 1931 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Alfred and Ethel Krombach and graduated from Cheltenham High School in 1948. She worked as a hospital volunteer during World War II. After graduation she went to work for the Township of Cheltenham as the secretary to the city engineer. Since she did not own a car, the city police would take turns diving her home from work. There she met her future husband, Milton, who was one of the officers. They were married in 1955 and soon after made the move to Florida. First settling in Daytona, they moved to Palatka in 1960. Dolores stayed home raising their two young sons while Milton managed the RC Cola warehouse. With the boys teenagers, Dolores returned to work in 1971 as a teacher’s aide in the trainable disabilities class at James A Long Elementary School. While there she, the class teacher and others organized and founded the Association for Retarded Citizens (ARC) of Putnam County. A few years later she moved up to the front office and was the school secretary until her retirement in 1993.

Dolores had a second “career” as the family caregiver. Starting with Milton’s cancer diagnosis 1973, she was the primary caregiver for a succession of family members until 1996 when her mother passed away.

Besides her parents, Dolores was preceded in death by her husband, Milton, a sister, Ethel and a brother, Herb.

Left to cherish her memory are her two sons, Milton Bryan of Palatka and Randell Lee (Gina) of East Palatka, brother, Alfred (Vicki) of Lake Como, four grandchildren, Staci Reid (Chris), John Ryan Porter and Dedra Porter all of Jacksonville and Jayme Porter of Palm Coast, her favorite (and only) great grand-daughter, Kelsi Updegraff of Jacksonville as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at 6:00 pm on Saturday, May 8, 2021 at Johnson Overturf Chapel in Palatka with Reverend Karl Flagg officiating. Visitation will begin at 5:00.

Flowers are gratefully accepted or a donation in Dolores’s name can be made to the ARC of Putnam County, 1209 Westover Dr., Palatka, FL 32177.

Memories and condolences may be expressed to the family at Dolores’s Book of Memories page at .

Arrangements are entrusted to Johnson-Overturf Funeral Home in Palatka.
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  • Visitation

    Saturday, May 8th, 2021 | 5:00pm - 6:00pm
    Saturday, May 8th, 2021 5:00pm - 6:00pm
    Johnson-Overturf Chapel
    307 S. Palm Ave.
    PALATKA, FL 32177
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Saturday, May 8th, 2021 | 6:00pm
    Saturday, May 8th, 2021 6:00pm
    Johnson-Overturf Chapel
    307 S. Palm Ave.
    PALATKA, FL 32177
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Rev. Karl N. Flagg


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Wayne Mangum

Posted at 01:34pm
Mrs. Porter, how fortunate I was to have her in the front office for my first principalship. What a wonderful person and what a wonderful personality! She helped me in so many ways and I was so very thankful. Once again, I thoroughly enjoyed working with her each and every day and especially the chitchats we would have over lunch:):) Wayne P Mangum

Jim and Lori Knight

Posted at 06:04pm
Our thoughts and prayers are with all her family and friends. Aunt Dee made the world a more beautiful place.
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Carroll Grant

Posted at 03:23pm
Bryan and Randy, Your mom was a dear friend and supportive teaching partner during my years in Florida. She taught me so much. I think of her often.
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Love, Al, Molly, Aidan, Connor and Brody

Posted at 06:43pm
With loving memories of Aunt Dee
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Camille Falconer

Posted at 03:24pm
Mrs. Porter was kind and caring. I enjoyed visiting with her at family functions and will remember her fondly.

Marion Evans Posted at 09:17am

Mrs.Porter was a very special lady, I've always remembered her and would ask about her when ever I happened to run Into Randy or Bryant. She made it easier for me at James A.Long. I think she had all of us believing we were her favorite. Heaven Gain An Angel. Bryant and Randy PRAYERS 🙏🏾❤️🙏🏾🙏🏾 For Your Families You All was already use to sharing your Mom, Because Of The Heart She Had For People Regardless Of Color. Marion Andrews

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