FULTON – Judith Ann (Drake) Porter, 77, died after a long illness on Wednesday November 26, 2014, with her husband, David, by her side, in their Venice, Florida, home.
She grew up in Orwell NY, where she, along with her brother, Phil, helped her father, Francis, on the farm, and her mother, Mildred Drake, run the Olmstead General Store.
She met her husband-to-be while showing cows at the Sandy Creek Fair.
Judy attended Watertown School of Commerce and Alfred State Technical Institute where she is a member of Pi Nu Epsilon. After just one year of attending Alfred, she married David G. Porter on June 17, 1956, and worked for General Electric in Ithaca NY, as he finished college at Cornell University.
They returned to the Porter family farm; Porterdale Farms Inc. in Adams Center, where she was the secretary/treasurer until retiring after many years.
Judy was also a 4-H Leader for the Dry Hill Hustlers, a member of the American Baptist Association and Honeyville Baptist Church.
Her main goals in life were to serve her Lord and be a good mother and wife. Her greatest accomplishments and love were for her family and church.
Besides her husband of 58 years, she is survived by a daughter, Jill and husband Jim Gratch of Carthage; a son, Gregory and wife, Lisa (Phillips) Porter of Watertown; a son, Ronald and wife, Mary (Burnash) Porter of Adams; a daughter, Jody and husband, Patrick Frawley of Fulton; a brother, Phillip Drake of Pulaski; and many nieces and nephews.
Judy was especially proud of and loved her grandchildren, in birth order: Ryan Weise, Jessica Brimmer, Joshua Weise, David Porter, Jamison Porter, Casey Porter, Daniel Frawley and Andrew Porter; and her great-grandchildren: Lucas Brimmer, Harrison Porter and Eli Brimmer.
She was predeceased by her parents, Francis and Mildred Drake; and sister-in-law, Janet Drake.
A church service to celebrate her life will be scheduled in the spring of 2015.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Honeyville Baptist Church: 13210 Fuller Road Adams Center, NY, 13606, Fellowship of Christian Farmers: PO Box 15, Lexington, Illinois 61753 or Salvation Army of Venice, Fla., 1051 Albee Farm Road, Venice, Fla. 34285.