|Birth: ||Nov. 17, 1926|
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA
|Death: ||Jan. 5, 2004|
San Diego County
Betty Mae Peters Porter was born in New York City on November 17, 1926 to Agnes Cully and Charles I. Peters. She was an only child. Betty grew up in the "Sugar Hill" area of New York City where she attended George Washington High School Always an organizer and socialite, Betty and her life time friend Marilyn "Mickey" Sullivan formed and belonged to a club during their childhood called the "149 Street Queens."
Her mother, Agnes, was a well known seamstress and fashion designer. Her clients included Marian Anderson, Betty Davis, Barbara Rush, Joan Crawford and other celebrities. Betty often modeld in her mother's fashion show in New York City.
Betty was always an excellent student. She recieved a dual bachelor's degree in English and Journalism from New York University in 1947. Her skills and clever talents in writing were evident in her unique holiday letters received by friends and relatives. Betty and her mother moved to Los Angeles, where her Ant Zara Cully Brown was an actress, also known as "Mother Jefferson" in the television sitcom "The Jeffersons" (staring Sherman Hensley, and Isabelle Sanford.)
While in Los Angeles, Betty received her CA teaching credential fro Los Angeles State College, and attended Pepperdine University, where she received her Master of Arts degree in Multicultural Education. Betty became very popular and active in the social and political circles of the Los Angeles Community. Betty taught at Rosewood Elementary School and later founded the Friendship Guild where she was president. This was an elite organizaion of women who remained as Betty's dearest friends throughout her life.
In 1957, Betty met and married the late Dr. Walter J. Porter. They moved to San Diego, CA in 1969, and became very active in the field of education, musical and civic affairs. They also became the proud parents of two loving children. Betty taught classes for the Gifted and Talented Students at the elemntary school level in San Diego City Schools for many years, retiring in 1992. She was an avid reader, and an excellent cook. A "gathering" at the Porter houshold was always a special treat. She was very supportive of "Wally's" numerous activities as she shared forty-four memorable years with him until hes death in 2001. She also enjoyed spending time with her seven grandchildren.
Betty was a member of the San Diego -Tema Sister City Society, the African Arts Committee, The Chapel of Awareness in Encinitas and was an Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Silver Star, (Epsilon Xi Omega Chapter). Betty was a breast cancer survivor who tried to impress on others the importance of yearly exams. She suffered a massive stroke on Christmas Eve, which took her life.
Betty Porter leaves to mourn two children, Marshall Porter, Yvette Porter-Moore, seven grandchildren, Keith Porter, Vanessa Moore, Michael Moore, Victoria porter Candice porter, Kyle Porter and Kayla Porter. We will miss her great sense of humor and her infectious laugh. If you look in the sky, you will see two bright new stars-Betty and Walter Porter continuing their eternal party, together.
Charles Irving Peters (1897 - 1980)
Agnes M. Peters Cully Berry (1900 - 1965)
Walter James Porter (1927 - 2001)*
Cremated, Ashes scattered at sea.
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Record added: Apr 18, 2008
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