Nena Maria Porter

February 4, 2011 • Obituaries


A funeral service is scheduled for 10 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011, at Ballard Chapel for Nena Porter, 87, who passed away Monday, Jan. 31, 2011, at Villa Del Rey. Franklin Hyde of Vista Care will officiate. Burial will follow at South Park Cemetery. Nena was born, July 21, 1923, in Managua, Nicaragua to Juan Jose and Dominga Payan.

Both parents preceded her death. She [auth] married Lott Winston Porter on June 13, 1962, in Roswell. He survives her at the family home. She is also survived by her sons: Willie Porter and his wife, Elizabeth, of Roswell, and Jim Riviera and his wife, Catherine Burns, of Amsterdam; brother, Adolfo Payan, of El Salvador, Calif.; daughterin- law, Linda Riviera, of League City, Texas; sisterin- law, Margaret Phillips and husband Joe, of Roswell; grandchildren: Victoria Riviera, of Amsterdam and Matthew Riviera, of Andrews Air Force Base, Md.; and numerous nieces and nephews. Nena moved to the United States in January, 1945, from Nicaragua and she became a citizen in March, 1974. She moved to Roswell in June of 1962, and she also lived in San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and Battle Creek, Mich.

Nena was of the Methodist faith and was a member of First United Methodist Church of Roswell. She worked at Sunset Villa for many years as a CNA. Pallbearers will be James Riviera, Willie Porter, Ron Phillips, James Waide, Rondal Tidmore and Thad Tidmore. Arrangements have been entrusted to Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory. An online registry can be accessed at

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