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Barbara Worfolk Porter

Mt. Kisco, New York

December 6, 1934 - December 1, 2014

Barbara Worfolk Porter Obituary

Barbara (Diane) Worfolk Porter died unexpectedly, but peacefully, surrounded by her loving family, at Northern Westchester Hospital December 1st, 2014. She is survived by her husband of 58 years, William P. Porter. A longtime resident of Mt. Kisco, NY, she and Bill retired to Ft. Lauderdale, FL in the 1990's. She continued to spend portions of each year in Mt. Kisco, NY and Guilford, CT visiting with family. The eldest of two children of the late Edmund L. Worfolk and Helen Roberts Worfolk, Barbara was raised in Chatham NJ. Her classmates gave her the enduring nickname "Woofy" and voted her both most respected and best dancer, capturing two of the many aspects to her personality. Barbara graduated from Middlebury College in 1956, where she was President of her sorority, Sigma Chi. She cherished memories of her summer trip with the Experiment in International Living, during which she was immersed in French culture and developed fluency while living with a family. Barbara stayed active with Middlebury as a board member of the Alumni Association, being heavily engaged in the admissions process. A loving wife, Barbara intentionally raised her four children, quickly learning the art of juggling family life with volunteering interests, often taking on leadership roles. She was the finance chair of the United Fund of Northern Westchester, as well as Chair of Planned Parenthood of Northern Westchester where she focused on teaching kids to make good choices to prevent teen pregnancies. Barbara spearheaded the creation of the Horace Greeley HS Swim Team (and the Bell Middle School "Farm Team"). She was a co-leader of the campaign for S.W.I.M, a community pool initiative. Barbara was also the President of the Horace Greeley HS PTA and was elected twice to the Chappaqua Board of Education, serving as President for two years. Barbara was passionate about education and a stickler for classical English and writing instruction. Grafflin School Principal Dr. Michael Kirsch publically recognized Barbara in 2006 for her efforts in leading the Writing Process initiative for the Chappaqua School District. One of the outcomes of her work from the 1980's is today's "Publishing Centers" where elementary students have produced more than 20,000 books in the district. Barbara's focus and interests evolved toward her 12 grandchildren and being present with her children as they sought advice and support. Her commitment to education was ever present as she encouraged and challenged the next generation to strive for excellence. She loved her entire family, and all her friends, selflessly and unconditionally, always finding the perfect card or gift for every occasion. She and Bill thoroughly enjoyed their summers at Leete's Island and on numerous boating vacations to Block Island, and the Florida Keys. Barbara was passionate about the foundational ideals that shaped our nation, and supported conservative causes committed to embracing our country's unique character. Besides her husband, Barbara is survived by her four children: William P. Porter, Jr. and his wife Leanne of Ft. Lauderdale, FL; Richard W. Porter and his wife Lydia of Winnetka, IL; Stephen B. Porter and his wife Cay White of Mt. Kisco, NY; and Deborah Porter Safford and her husband John of South Hamilton, MA. She also leaves behind her 12 beloved grandchildren: William P. Porter III and his wife Mara, Lane Porter, Kyle Porter, Alexander Porter, Andrew Porter, Jack Porter, Katie Porter, Brace Porter, Glynnis Porter, Thomas Safford, Matthew Safford and Rosie Safford. Her brother, Donald Worfolk of Cottonwood, AZ, also survives Barbara. A memorial service to celebrate Barbara's life will be held on Saturday December 6th, which would have been her 80th birthday, at 2:00PM at St. Mark's Church, (85 East Main Street, Mt. Kisco, NY 10549). She and Bill were members of St. Marks for years before they relocated to Florida. In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to be made in her name to the Building Fund at Christ Episcopal Church, (11 Park St, Guilford, CT 06437), or to St. Mark's Church. Celebration of Life St.. Mark's Episcopal Church Saturday, December 6, 2014 02:00 PM 85 East Main Street Mt. Kisco, NY 10549

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Barbara (Diane) Worfolk Porter died unexpectedly, but peacefully, surrounded by her loving family, at Northern Westchester Hospital December 1st, 2014. She is survived by her husband of 58 years, William P. Porter. A longtime resident of Mt. Kisco, NY, she and Bill retired to Ft. Lauderdale, FL in the 1990's. She continued to spend portions of each year in Mt. Kisco, NY and Guilford, CT visiting with family. The eldest of two children of the late Edmund L. Worfolk and Helen Roberts Worfolk, Barbara was raised in Chatham NJ. Her classmates gave her the enduring nickname "Woofy" and voted her both most respected and best dancer, capturing two of the many aspects to her personality. Barbara graduated from Middlebury College in 1956, where she was President of her sorority, Sigma Chi. She cherished memories of her summer trip with the Experiment in International Living, during which she was immersed in French culture and developed fluency while living with a family. Barbara stayed active with Middlebury as a board member of the Alumni Association, being heavily engaged in the admissions process. A loving wife, Barbara intentionally raised her four children, quickly learning the art of juggling family life with volunteering interests, often taking on leadership roles. She was the finance chair of the United Fund of Northern Westchester, as well as Chair of Planned Parenthood of Northern Westchester where she focused on teaching kids to make good choices to prevent teen pregnancies. Barbara spearheaded the creation of the Horace Greeley HS Swim Team (and the Bell Middle School "Farm Team"). She was a co-leader of the campaign for S.W.I.M, a community pool initiative. Barbara was also the President of the Horace Greeley HS PTA and was elected twice to the Chappaqua Board of Education, serving as President for two years. Barbara was passionate about education and a stickler for classical English and writing instruction. Grafflin School Principal Dr. Michael Kirsch publically recognized Barbara in 2006 for her efforts in leading the Writing Process initiative for the Chappaqua School District. One of the outcomes of her work from the 1980's is today's "Publishing Centers" where elementary students have produced more than 20,000 books in the district. Barbara's focus and interests evolved toward her 12 grandchildren and being present with her children as they sought advice and support. Her commitment to education was ever present as she encouraged and challenged the next generation to strive for excellence. She loved her entire family, and all her friends, selflessly and unconditionally, always finding the perfect card or gift for every occasion. She and Bill thoroughly enjoyed their summers at Leete's Island and on numerous boating vacations to Block Island, and the Florida Keys. Barbara was passionate about the foundational ideals that shaped our nation, and supported conservative causes committed to embracing our country's unique character. Besides her husband, Barbara is survived by her four children: William P. Porter, Jr. and his wife Leanne of Ft. Lauderdale, FL; Richard W. Porter and his wife Lydia of Winnetka, IL; Stephen B. Porter and his wife Cay White of Mt. Kisco, NY; and Deborah Porter Safford and her husband John of South Hamilton, MA. She also leaves behind her 12 beloved grandchildren: William P. Porter III and his wife Mara, Lane Porter, Kyle Porter, Alexander Porter, Andrew Porter, Jack Porter, Katie Porter, Brace Porter, Glynnis Porter, Thomas Safford, Matthew Safford and Rosie Safford. Her brother, Donald Worfolk of Cottonwood, AZ, also survives Barbara. A memorial service to celebrate Barbara's life will be held on Saturday December 6th, which would have been her 80th birthday, at 2:00PM at St. Mark's Church, (85 East Main Street, Mt. Kisco, NY 10549). She and Bill were members of St. Marks for years before they relocated to Florida. In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to be made in her name to the Building Fund at Christ Episcopal Church, (11 Park St, Guilford, CT 06437), or to St. Mark's Church. Celebration of Life St.. Mark's Episcopal Church Saturday, December 6, 2014 02:00 PM 85 East Main Street Mt. Kisco, NY 10549

To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Barbara Worfolk Porter hosted by Cassidy Flynn Funeral Directors.

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