Nancy Lee (Dolan) Porter

Funeral services for Nancy Lee (Dolan) Porter, 72, Lawrence, will be 1 pm, Tuesday, March 10, 2020, at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Wellsville Cemetery.

Nancy was born February 11, 1948, in Lawrence, Kansas, the daughter of Donna Gertrude Beaty and Dallas Elroy Dolan.

She had an extensive work history including, Lawrence National Bank, School Employee Credit Union, KU Credit Union, KU Police Department, KS Geological Survey, Donna Lee’s (Owner/Operator), Sigler Pharmacy, Pioneer Ridge Assisted Living, Watkins Museum and Dean O. Radcliff CPA. In addition to her work history Nancy was a Charter member of the Youth Sports Inc. Complex, she did WWII Veteran Interviews for Experiences documentations, cared for elderly and family members and was a board member of DCABA and Lawrence Wrestling Club.

Nancy married Carl Duane (Butch) Porter on August 28, 1966, in Lawrence, KS. He preceded her in death on January 2, 2003.

Survivors include two sons Daniel Duane Porter, Moundridge, KS, Jerry Wayne Porter (Bola), Lawrence, KS; Brother, Dallas Joseph Dolan (Suzanne), Lawrence, KS; Sister, Rhonda Marie Dolan, Lawrence, KS; Grandchildren; Marlena Curran-Komulainen (Zachary), Nathaniel Porter, Thomas Porter, Gavin Porter, Andrew Porter, Grace Porter, Naomi Porter, Abigail Porter; aunt, June Ford.

She is preceded in death by her parents, brother Jay Dee Dolan, and husband Butch.

Friends may call from 4-6pm, Monday March 9, 2020, at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home.

The family suggests memorial contributions made to the American Heart Association sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, 601 Indiana Street, Lawrence, KS 66044.

Messages & Condolences

From Dennis Cox...

I remember Nancy in Millard Denny’s English class and in the Lawrence High School class of ’66. May Nancy’s family and friends find comfort in her love and cherished memories.

From Ruth Foster...

Dallas and Suzanne, I’m so sorry to hear of Nancy’s passing. May the Lord bless you all with His peace and presence ,…as He always does. I’ve been thinking of you. Love and hugs, Ruth

From Grace Porter...

Grandma Nancy was so many things to so many people. She was a mother, a sister, a friend. She left her mark on absolutely everyone she connected with. I would always witness her making connections and jokes even with complete strangers. She went through so much and through sickness and health she was always there to be a helping hand or a listening ear. She was there to console me through my darkest times and she always there for the best moments. It didn’t matter if it was a birthday or a small school play she tried to be there because she really cared. Grandma’s house was always a place we could go when we needed somewhere to be. It wasn’t uncommon for my dad to stroll into her house with me and my sisters in tow and she always welcomed us in and made sure we were fed and taken care of. She was a caretaker at work and at home. Somehow doing things as simple as siting and watching TV was more enjoyable at Grandma’s house. She was a big part of what held are family together, every holiday we’d get together at her house. A lot of holidays I would come over and help her shop, clean and cook in preparation. I was always in awe of how she was willing to put so much money, time, and effort year after year no questions asked. I learned a lot about cooking from her, she loved cooking and had stories behind every recipe and secret ingredient. She could whip up anything and everything in her kitchen. The Porter’s never went hungry, that’s for sure. She was a humble artist. She made the most beautiful paintings. She’d sit in her basement and paint for hours and sometimes I would just sit and watch because the art was so breathtaking. She could make clothes, bags, scrapbooks. She was just always creating. I learned a lot about art from her too. When I was younger I traveled with her a few times. She loved seeing new places and she was always seeing the beauty in things and pointing them out. I learned a lot about the world from her too. She could be feisty. Even though she was Half my size she was never scared to tell me off when I was being foolish. She was a big personality in a small package. She could be hard sometimes but she always did things out of love. She loved her family probably more than anything in the world. I know we will all miss her very dearly. I can’t explain how big of a loss this is. She loved angels, so I find solace in the fact that she’s going to be close to them and close to Grandpa Butch. After I left Kansas she told me she “refused to say goodbye” and instead chose to say “see you later.” At first I was upset I didn’t get to see her as I thought I would, but I know we’ll be meeting again someday and the thought of that is comforting. Love and miss you Grandma I’ll see you again someday.

From Bola Porter...

Words cannot express the big hole in our hearts from this great loss. Mom loved her family very much and as short as she was, you do not dare mess with her loved ones. She was always ready to help, loved with her whole being, loved me like a daughter. She was one of a kind. It does not seem real that she is really gone. I keep expecting her to show up and and tell us she is not going down so easily but alas that is not going to happen. Your grandchildren are devastated and miss you so much. We all miss you and love you very much.
Rest in peace mom!

From Dan Porter...

Mom sure will be missed. I was fortunate to have the past 50 years with her. She sure was one of a kind. Spoke her mind and never minced her words. That is one of the things I loved most about her. What I will miss the most spending long hours working (arguing) while we did our genealogy together. She gave me the gift and love of history. I’ve come to realize in the last few years just how much I needed her and how much of a momma’s boy I am. I love you Mom with all my heart and I will miss you every day. I’m glad you get to be with Dad but don’t forget to get me that information on Nancy Cook’s parents. I can’t put into words what you meant to me.

From Deb Porter...

My Aunt Nancy was one of a kind God broke the mold after her probably because he knew the world could not handle two of her !She was fiercely loyal , opinionated, spoke her mind and loved her family. I will miss cussing and discussing the worlds problems with her and selfishly wish for more time with her, however ,I ,take comfort in knowing she is reunited with Uncle Butch. Barb ,Jaxson , and myself, have sad hearts but will cherish the memories we were blessed to be a part of.

From Rhonda Dolan...

My sister was one of the best people in the world. She had a heart of gold and she is missed by many! I love and miss you dearly, my sister! Enjoy being with Butch once more!

From Bonnie Buzzard...

A tenacious lady who loved her children and grandchildren fiercely. My children were blessed to call her grandma, I was blessed to be a part of this family. She never stopped treating me like a daughter-in-law, never stopped trying to be a help. She spoke her mind, which could sometimes come off as abrasive, but it came from a place of love. Though she stood only 4’8, she was a huge presence in all of those who knew and loved her. Dan and Jerry, I am so sorry. The whole family will be in my prayers, and in the prayers of the Buzzard family.

From Allen & Madeline...

May the Lord touch your hurting hearts all of you who loved
Nancy

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