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Kelly Ann Porter

June 18, 1964 - March 22, 2018


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While surrounded by family, on March 22, 2018, Kelly Ann Porter, 53, a mother, sister, daughter and grandmother died after a brief vigorous battle with cancer.
Born in Santa Rosa, California to Fritz Porter and Julie (Porter) Butler, on June 18, 1964, Kelly was the second of five girls.
Kelly lived in Sonoma County almost her entire life. She spent the last ten years with her love, Mitch Lefever who sadly and unexpectedly died in August 2017 from cancer. Damn Cancer!
Kelly, was a proud and loving mother to three children, Krystle Dooley, Krystina Martens, and Robert (Bobby) Kruse II. The family lost Bobby at the age of 24 in 2009 when he died unexpectedly. Kelly and her daughters suffered immeasurable losses over the years and losing Kelly is still unimaginable.
In 2012, Krystina married Kevin Martens and soon thereafter, Kelly’s family, grew over time to many more, and all boys. Such a blessing. In 2017, Krystle married Bill and Kelly was just beginning to know her newest grandson Connor Dooley, age 8.
Despite the losses in Kelly’s life, she loved living! Her pride and joy came from her children and grandchildren. She leaves her handsome young grandsons, Rylan Brown, age 15, James Martens, 8 and Jason Martens, 5. She was a full-time, beyond loving and unconventional Gramma. She loved watching Rylan play sports especially wrestling and recently lacrosse, always his number 1 fan in the stands. She picked up her young grandson James from school, but every Tuesday she would take James to lunch and the two of them would play and just talk. They really ‘got’ each other. Her love with her littlest grandson Jason came from his bear hugs and his curiosity. She worried incessantly about them, which while it came from a great place, it caused her unfair agony. She learned to appreciate life at another level after her losses.
Kelly shared with all who would listen, how much she LOVED and cherished her daughters and GRANDSONS! Her grandsons inherited her love for games and her quick wit!
Kelly Ann acted as the ‘hub’ of the five-way sisterhood. Very expressive with warm deep blue eyes, Kelly was hailed as the ‘protector’ and spent the majority of her young and into her adult life defending and protecting her sisters. One characteristic often used to describe Kelly was her strength. She was strong in so many ways, but for her sisters it meant representing strength in the most difficult of times. The four sisters drew strength from Kelly. Kelly was often referred to as the ‘funny’ one. While all five shared funny times, Kelly by far had the best sense of humor, and could get anyone laughing with little to no effort, it was her natural talent. From the early years, Kelly took on the role of being the ‘go-to’ for each of the sisters. As a Gemini, and she would cite that often, she was able to adapt to the four personalities and had a phenomenal way of making each sister individually feel like the most important sister of all. As a result, all four sisters shared a vastly unique and deeply meaningful relationship with Kelly and have five decades of tears of joy more than pain. Their memories, include island living, raising their children together, song singing, storytelling and straight up sisterly shenanigans! She was the group’s secret keeper, never passing judgement, always encouraging and a purely generous soul. She was preceded in death by the youngest of the five girls, Angelique Cheree. Her older sister Gina Marie and two younger sisters Jessette Michele and Shylah Rae have broken hearts over losing Kelly so early in life.
Some of Kelly’s favorite things to do were to have her entire family near, read, watch TV and movies with her daughters, swim, and play games with her grandsons. She also loved to watch western TV shows with her all-time favorite being Lonesome Dove.
A strong-willed woman, who triumphed and persevered through what would break most, she suffered the hardest of losses yet showed us how to have a big heart, boundless compassion and an open mind. Kelly was without a doubt a woman who had a mouth of a sailor, a heart of a caregiver, and a laugh that will forever be remembered. We are thankful for every moment and every lesson she bestowed upon us during her journey on earth. Until we meet her again and feel her big ol’ hug, she will be forever missed by her immediate family, all her nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles, parents and friends.
“It ain’t dying I’m talking about, it’s living. I doubt it matters where you die, but it matters where you live.” ~spoken by Augustus McCrae”
With respect to Kelly’s wishes there will not be a ‘formal’ funeral service, but instead an intimate yet casual get together on Oahu, Hawaii in the very near future, and with her final resting place at Cypress Hill Memorial Park in Petaluma, California.
Memorial donations may be made to Memorial Hospice, our hearts forever grateful for their services during such a difficult time. 439 College Avenue Santa Rosa, CA 95401 707-568-1094.