Denise Porter, 65, passed away on Wednesday, May 8, 2019.
She was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico on December 20, 1953 to Alfred E. and Marianne (Harriet) Porter.
From the time she was a young child, Denise read voraciously, loved learning, and loved animals. Much of her childhood she participated in 4-H, raising several Grand Champion lambs. She was a Girl Scout for many years and was active in San Miguel Catholic Church, where she taught catechism classes during her high school years. She was nominated for New Mexico Girls State and was chosen to attend Girls Nation in Washington, DC in her junior year of high school.
Throughout her life, Denise loved cooking, visiting, and laughing with family and friends.
Denise was Valedictorian of her class at Socorro High School (Socorro, NM) in 1972, earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree at UNM (where she also attended medical school for a year), a Master’s degree in Psychology at University of Arkansas, and a Doctorate degree in Veterinary Medicine (DVM) at Ohio State University.
After graduating with her DVM degree, Denise owned and operated a veterinary clinic in Columbus, Ohio for more than 20 years.
Denise was preceded in death by her father, Alfred Porter.
Denise is survived by her mother, Marianne Porter; her daughter, Rebecca Kemper (and husband, Ben Larrimer); her grandchildren William and Charles Larrimer; her brother, Al Porter Jr, sister-in-law Cherri Porter, and their children Chelsea Porter Moss (and husband, Brandon Moss), Michel (and wife Vivian), and Kyle Porter; her brother Randy Porter and his daughters McKenna Porter, and Maddux Porter, and their mother Tracee; grandnephews Hudson and Winston Moss; her maternal aunt and godmother, Alice Duquet; her paternal uncle, LB Porter; and many cousins.
A Rosary was recited on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at 8:30 a.m., followed by a Mass at 9 a.m. am with Fr. John Anasiudu presiding at the San Miguel Catholic Church in Socorro, New Mexico.
Pallbearers will be Maddux Grace Porter, Kimberly Burdette Caldwell, Deborah Caldwell, and Valerie Kimble.
After the burial, a reception was held at 11:30 a.m. at the Bodega Ball Room 606 N. California St. Socorro, NM 87801.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to the San Miguel Catholic Church 403 El Camino Real, Socorro, N.M., 87801 or to Animal Protective Association of Socorro (APAS) www.socorroapas.org.
To view information or leave a condolence, please visit www.danielsfuneral.com
Daniels Family Funeral Services, Socorro, was in charge of local arrangements.