Feb. 18, 1934-May 9, 2018

A service to honor the life of Mrs. Shirley Roberts Porter will be at 10 a.m. Monday, May 14 at Harmony Baptist Church in Provencal. Burial will follow at Roberts Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. Sunday, May 13 at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home and again Monday from 9 a.m. until service time at Harmony Baptist Church.

Mrs. Porter, 84, and a resident of Natchez, passed away Wednesday, May 9, 2018, in Alexandria. She was born Feb. 18, 1934, to Carman and Christelle Box Roberts in Provencal.

She married Robert Porter Sept. 6, 1952, and they enjoyed 65 years of marriage. They especially liked to travel and exploring interesting places together.  She served as president and volunteered at the Natchitoches Genealogy Library for over 20 years.  A member and past president of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, her southern heritage was very important to her. Shirley was a long-time member of Harmony Baptist Church in Provencal where she also served as the pianist for services and truly cherished fellowship with her church family.  She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and sister and will be deeply missed by her family and friends, especially relationships with those she made in New Mexico.

She was predeceased by her parents, Carman and Christelle Roberts; and a son, Robert E. Porter Jr.

She is survived by her husband, Robert Porter of Natchez; children, Jeffrey Porter and wife Kathleen of Albuquerque, NM, and Suzanne Porter Sharpe and husband Robin of Bosque Farms, NM; a sister, Judith S. Golemon and husband James of Provencal; a daughter in law, Diane Porter of Las Lunas, NM; and a special friend and caretaker, Rose Gistarb.  She was blessed with five grandchildren, Brandon Porter, Shannon Irwin, Molly Sharpe, Gavin Sharpe and Erin Sharpe; as well as one great-grandchild, Emelia Irwin.