Virginia Della Porter


Virginia Porter, a longtime resident of Raymond, Washington, died on Saturday, October 20, 2012, at Willapa Harbor Hospital in South Bend, Washington at the age of 92. Virginia was born in Bellingham, Washington, on June 9, 1920, to Soren Ingerman Thiel and Lyda Rachel Thiel (Handley). She grew up in Fairhaven and graduated from Bellingham High School in 1938.

Virginia attended Western Washington College of Education (now WWU) and in 1941 received her three year elementary teaching certificate. While attending college she met her husband, Edwin R. Porter, and they married in 1942. Virginia taught at Ferndale schools for two years and joined her husband, Ed, in Carmel, California where he was stationed by the Army.

In 1946, Virginia moved to Raymond and into a one room house which was small and would grow through the years with additions and alterations. The move to Raymond initially was one of isolation for Virginia who had prior to this time lived in more populous areas with greater access to shopping, theaters, and entertainment. As time progressed she adjusted and became involved in the community.

Virginia had two children and in 1952 was contacted by the Raymond School District, as they had an unexpected vacancy at the Riverdale Elementary School in 2nd grade. She taught in Raymond School District primary grades until retirement in 1975.

Virginia was an active member of United Church of Raymond and American Legion Auxillary. She enjoyed drinking coffee with her neighborhood friends and shopping for clothing.

Virginia was preceded in death by her husband, Ed Porter; and her sister, Lyda Margaret Olsen. She is survived by a son, Gerald (Jerry) Porter; a daughter, Kathleen (Kay) Lindberg; and four grandchildren, Stevee Lindberg, Allison Lindberg, Jessica Porter, and Bethany Oszman; and six great-grandchildren.

A Memorial Service is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. on November 11, 2012, at the United Church of Raymond.

Arrangements are in care of Stoller’s Mortuary of Raymond.