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Evangeline J. Porter

September 9, 1918 — August 28, 2022

Evangeline J. Porter

Evangeline J. Porter passed away on August 28, 2022 in Oklahoma City at the age of 103. She was born in a one-room house near Haworth, Oklahoma on September 9, 1918. After graduating from Lexington High School where she excelled in academics and basketball, Evangeline attended the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma City University. Evangeline married twice and raised three children. She was also active in local organizations and served on numerous church and civic boards in Oklahoma City. She was a docent at the Cowboy Hall of Fame during its early years and had a special love for art. Her own oil paintings are prized by family members. Evangeline loved to read. She always had a stack of books, including The Bible, on her nightstand. She loved to travel with her husband Bill and saw the USA with their children on many road trips. Later on, she and Bill traveled throughout much of the world. She was an enthusiastic fan of the Sooners and the Thunder. Evangeline especially cherished her summers with the family on a ranch in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. She was a gracious hostess, and she frequently offered her home for meetings and special holiday events. In her last years, Evangeline lived at Epworth Villa in Oklahoma City where she developed a new circle of friends. Evangeline lived each day as it came and was grateful for it. She was truly a woman of The Greatest Generation. She was preceded in death by her parents Bert and Ruth Irby; her brothers Kermit Irby, Doyle Gene Irby, and her sister Katherine Gillihan; her first husband Alvan Stubbs (KIA-WWII) and her second husband of 62 years, William T. Porter. She is survived by her children Ed Porter and wife Judy, Melanie Sons, Fred Porter and partner Thomas Nguyen; grandchildren Heather Archer and husband Ryan, Will Porter and wife Chin, Justin Porter and wife Kelli, Alex Sons, Natalie Sons and fiancé Mike Davis; and her great- grandchildren Ellery Archer, Avery Archer, and Alvan Porter. A memorial service to celebrate Evangeline's life will be held on October 22, 2022 at 4:00 PM in Brill Chapel at Epworth Villa, 14901 N. Pennsylvania Ave., Oklahoma City, OK .
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