Mary Louise Eliza Tilley Porter

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Mary Louise Eliza Tilley Porter

SH Florence Winters OB

WINTERS, Florence Elizabeth Porter, 99, RICHARDSON, TX & CASTLE HILL, ME, at Texas, June 15, 2012. She will be buried in Castle Hill Cemetery, Saturday, July 28, 2012, at 10:30 a.m. Arrangements are in the care of Duncan-Graves Funeral Home, Presque Isle.

RICHARDSON, TX & CASTLE HILL, ME – January 27, 1913, a very pregnant Mary Louise Eliza Tilley Porter (Mrs. Flavius Josephus Porter), still in her bed, was loaded onto a sleigh/sledge and taken to the new Presque Isle Hospital to be delivered of her daughter, Florence Elizabeth by caesarean section. The surgeon came up by train from somewhere south and in the days that followed, other doctors came to visit the results of the “first caesarean section” in the new hospital. Until the hospital moved from the original building, Florence’s baby picture hung over the door to the maternity ward.  American Flag Color
    The Porters were from Castle Hill, but their doctor advised that they find a place to stay in town for the birth. Florence, reared in Castle Hill, attended the Porter School and a year at Presque Isle High School. She was graduated from Northfield Seminary, in Northfield, Massachusetts, in 1931. Florence was graduated from Forsyth Dental School in Boston to become one of the first generation of college trained dental hygienists. She worked for the state of Maine traveling from school to school to educate and check school children’s teeth.
    As WWII broke out, Florence joined the civilian side of the US Army, asking to go “anywhere west of the Mississippi” and was stationed at Strother Field in Winfield, Kansas. There, she met Kenneth Leroy Winters of Greenville, Illinois, and they were married in the base chapel on December 18, 1943. After his service, Kenneth became a hospital administrator and a few years later, joined what is now USAID to help build and improve hospitals overseas, taking Florence to Brazil, British Guiana (now Guyana), Vietnam and Thailand. Their final move was to Richardson, Texas, where Florence lived for the past 42 years.
    Kenneth died September 10, 1980, and Florence died peacefully last month, June 15, 2012, at her home in Richardson, Texas, seven months shy of her 100th birthday, with her family beside her.
    Florence leaves behind four daughters, Marilyn Iva Winters Logan of Jacksonville, FL, Rosemary Jean Winters of Richardson, TX, Anne Elizabeth Winters Padgett (Jerry) of Centerville, GA, and Elaine Audrey Winters of Richardson, TX; five grandchildren, David Kenneth Logan (Laura), William Stuart Padgett (Rosemary), Katherine Elizabeth Padgett Khan (Gary Norcross), Jennifer Elaine Padgett Goggans (Edward), and Tessa Lian Winters; nine great-grandchildren, Christopher William Padgett, Nicholas Gerard Padgett, Abigail Ann Padgett, Matthew Mark Padgett, Sophia Elizabeth Khan, Sonia Anne Khan, Francesca Elizabeth Goggans, and Olivia Rose Goggans.
    Florence has come home — as Aroostook, and especially Castle Hill, has always been “up home” — to be buried in Castle Hill Cemetery, Saturday, July 28, 2012, at 10:30 a.m. with Rev. Ron Chaffee officiating. Local arrangements by Duncan-Graves Funeral Home, Presque Isle. Online condolences may be expressed at Duncan-Graves.com