Gerry went to be with her Lord and Savior on Oct, 16, 2010. Gerry was born March 25, 1934, in Oklahoma City, Okla., to Earl G. and Reva G. Farmer. The family lived in several places in California and Texas, and finally moved to House, where Gerry completed her schooling in 1951.
She attended New Mexico State University for a year before going to Clovis, N.M. On Feb. 4, 1978, she moved and was united in marrieage with W. Dean Porter. They made their home in Midland, Texas. This union was a most blessed union. Services will be Tuesday, October 19, 2010, at 10 a.m., at Cotton [auth] Flat Baptist Church, 6409 S. Hwy 349, Midland, Texas, with Brother Rick Holeman officiating. Interment will follow at Serenity Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers for the service will be Tim Whalen, Bill Houghton, Mark Glenn, Matt Glenn, James Kelley and Ronnie Williams.
Gerry was very active in the Order of Eastern Star for many years, having served as Worthy Matron of Roswell Chapter 10 and Norman Read Chapter 1010 in Midland as well as Deputy Grand Matron of District 2, Section 8 of The Grand Chapter of Texas. Gerry worked as a lease records analyst and executive secretary for Mesa Petroleum, secretary for BTA Oil Producers and Dinero Operating Co., retiring in 1997. In September 1997, Gerry was installed as Supreme Worthy President of the Social Order of Beauceant in Wichita, Kan., and she and Dean embarked on a wonder ful tour of 149 assemblies in the United States and Hawaii. They traveled for most of 1997 and Gerry then presided at her Supreme Assembly in San Antonio.
Gerryâ€™s interest in the Masonic Fraternity defined their marriage; they were very active in the fraternity their entire married life. Gerry was preceded in death by her parents, stepson Rodney Joe Black, and brother -in-law Lawrence Widner.
She is survived by her husband, W. Dean Porter of Midland; stepsons, Dempsey Porter and wife, Beverly, of Tucson, Ariz., and Lee Porter and wife, Janice, of Pampa, Texas; sisters, Annetta Farris and husband, Will, of San Angelo, and Carolyn Widner of Bovina, Texas; brother, Dick Farmer and wife, Bobbie, of Denison, Texas; three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, In lieu of flowers, Gerryâ€™s favorite charities were Hospice of Midland and Scottish Rite Dyslectic Learning Center, 1101 70th St., Lubbock, Texas, 79412-4109.
Family wishes to thank the doctors and staff at Midland Family Physicians, Hospice of Midland and staff and nurses of Midland Memorial Hospital. Services entrusted to Lewallen-Garcia-Pipkin Funeral Home.