Mary Frances Porter


Mary Frances Porter passed from this life Saturday, November 13, 2021, in Altus, Oklahoma at the age of 86. Mary Porter was born Mary Frances Huff on January 28, 1935 in Eastern Oklahoma. She and her 9 siblings were raised on a farm near Prague Oklahoma.  

She attended school in Davenport where she loved school and played basketball. During her Junior year in high school she met Ed Porter at a pie supper auction. He had seen her across the room and asked his friends which one was her pie so he could buy it and sit with her while eating it. At the same time, she saw him and told her best friend “that’s the man I’m going to marry”. The date was April 1, 1953. He proposed on April 22nd, and they married 6 weeks later on June 7, 1953. Their love story continued for 63 years until his death in June, 2016.

Mary completed high school, graduating in 1954. They moved to Silverbell, Arizona where they had a son, Edwin (Lee) Jr, in 1955 and a daughter, Rita, in 1956.

As the years passed, she had 3 grandchildren whom she adored: Will and Luke Burcham and Michelle (Porter) Graves. She gained 2 more grandchildren when Luke married Shalisa and when Michelle married Toby. Later came great granddaughters Abigail & Bailey, who were her special delight.

Mary lived the life of a minister’s wife, making their home wherever they were called to serve. At each place she was a proper Southern Lady - filling the role of a loving wife, the perfect hostess, a great cook, and terrific homemaker. She loved the people of each church home and considered them family.

Mary is survived by one brother, Lawrence Huff; her daughter and son-in-law; Rita and Andy Burcham of Amarillo TX; grandchildren Will Burcham of Austin TX, Luke and Shalisa Burcham of Truckee CA, Michelle and Toby Graves and great granddaughters Abigail and Bailey of Norman OK.

Illness robbed Mary of some of her memories, but she left her loved ones with many fond memories and knowledge of her love.

The family would like to say a special thank you to nurse Jennifer Wolf and the staff at Magnolia Creek Assisted living for the love and care they gave her for over 5 years.  Also, thank you to the entire staff at JCMH Hospice for the comfort and support they provided her and her family.

Arrangements entrusted to Peoples Cooperative Funeral Home located at 1400 W. Main in Lone Wolf, Oklahoma. (580)-846-9018.

A private interment will take place at Reed Cemetery.

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