Dorothy Porter 1921-2022

Dorothy Porter 1921-2022

Dorothy Mae Porter, 101, of Lenexa, formerly of Denison, passed away Friday, May 13, 2022, at Silvercrest at College View Senior Living.

She was born May 4, 1921, in Mayetta, the daughter of Ray and Eleanor (Robb) Knowles. 

Dorothy graduated from Denison High School and received Normal Teacher training at Emporia State University for a one-room schoolhouse. She was a member of the Denison community from early age until 2017. Dorothy was a dairy farmwife, helping her husband, John, on the family farm. She was a member of the Denison Bible Church. 

Dorothy married John Porter on June 11, 1943, in Denison. He preceded her in death on Jan. 18, 2004, after 60 years of marriage. She was also preceded in death by her parents, Ray and Eleanor Knowles; a sister, Annette Knowles; and a brother, Willard Knowles. 

Survivors include her daughter, Linda Skaggs (Michael) of Olathe; and a son, James Bruce “J.B.” Porter of California. 

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 21 at Mercer Funeral Home in Holton. Dorothy will lie in state Thursday, May 19, and Friday, May 20. Burial will follow at the Denison Cemetery.

Memorials may be given to the Denison Bible Church, sent in care of Mercer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 270, Holton, KS 66436. To leave a special message for the family, please visit


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109 W. Fourth St.
Holton, KS 66436
Phone: 785-364-3141

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