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  • Wednesday, March 04, 2015
    Our staff will continue to keep your family in our prayers.
    ~ Porter & Sons Funeral Home
  • Thursday, March 05, 2015
    Lindbergh, To you and your family, I wish you all the best and my God be with you all. Even though it has been a long time since we last saw each other, I feel a great lost.
    ~ Jess Thomas   Washington, DC
  • Wednesday, March 04, 2015
    To The Porter Family My deepest sympathies to you and your family. May God bless you all during this diffcult time. (I am Robert Stewart's secretary.)
    ~ Debbie Whaley   Fresno, CA
  • Saturday, March 07, 2015
    Prayers are with the family.
    ~ Lula Tate   Chicago, IL
  • Saturday, March 07, 2015
    Lindbergh , I want to offer my sincere condolences to you and your family on the loss of your wife, Mary. I can only imagine how difficult it is for you at this time. Know that you are in my prayers and I pray that God's blessings provide peace and comfort during these difficult days . Saundra Armstrong
    ~ Saundra Armstrong   Oakland, CA
  • Saturday, March 07, 2015
    I was fortunate to know Mary and her family for the past 15 years. I can truly say I never met anyone like her. So kind, so intelligent and always with a smile an her face and love and humor in her heart. No matter what obstcales she faced, and there were many, she never complained and never lost her enjoyment of life and her love of family and friends. It was an honor to know her and I will always carry her in my heart.
    ~ David Sironen   San Francisco, CA
    
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Sunday, March 8, 2015:
Mrs. Mary Boyd Porter at 11 a.m. at Porter & Sons' Chapel in Lexington, MS


Mary Lena Boyd Porter was born in Lexington on August 23, 1950, the first daughter of Obie and Mary Willie Boyd. She attended J.J. McClain High School. After graduating from the University of Illinois with a B.A. in Psychology in 1972, Mary moved to San Francisco to attend graduate school at San Francisco State University and become a counselor for at-risk girls. 

Mary married her childhood friend Lindbergh Porter, Jr., also from Lexington in 1976. She then took a position with General Motors while Lindbergh attended law school. After daughter Clara Lind Porter and son Lindbergh Porter III (Trey) were born, Mary became a full-time homemaker and school volunteer. She headed the PTA, organized and volunteered at bake sales, fundraisers and field trips, served on various committees and on the board of directors at the children’s schools, as well as carpooled them to their various sports and after-school activities. In 2001, Mary joined with other school volunteers to plan and fundraise a trip for daughter Clara’s high school symphonic band to perform in a concert at Carnegie Hall in New York City. In 2003, just ahead of herself getting a kidney transplant, Mary and other parents sent Trey’s high school Spanish class on a cultural exchange to Madrid, Spain. 

When Mary was not busy helping her children or running the household, she happily engaged in her other interests: gardening, cooking, reading, house projects, travel and chairing event committees at Ingleside Presbyterian Church. She liked to collect miniature shoe figurines and unusual tools. Mary had a joy for life and spirit that inspired all who met her.

Mary was diagnosed with incurable scleroderma in 1999. She decided to fight.  She educated herself about the disease, attended medical lectures and, with her principal physicians, stayed ahead of the disorder with cutting edge medicines and treatments. Mary and her senior physicians educated more than a dozen new residents and medical fellows for the next fifteen years. She did not relent until the minute God was ready for her on March 1, 2015.

Mary is survived by her husband Lindbergh Porter Jr. and their children Clara and Trey, her mother Mary Willie Boyd, her brothers Lawrence, Charles, and Jim Boyd and sister Rose Marie Barron, and their spouses Beverly, Angel and Margaret, and MacArthur, and Robert Mayberry, her late sister Kathy’s husband,  by Lindbergh’s brothers and sister Pat, Byron, and Bonita and their spouses Sandra, Pat, and Nathaniel, and by and her many nieces and nephews, as well as countless other family and friends.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, March 8, 2015, at 11 a.m. at Porter & Sons’ Funeral Chapel in Lexington. Visitation will be held Saturday, March 7, between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Porter & Sons’ Funeral Chapel.