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Herma Katherine (Gumper) Porter

January 18, 1925 — December 5, 2022

Pilot Grove

Herma Katherine Porter, age 97, of Boonville, MO, formerly of Pilot Grove,  passed away Monday, December 5, 2022, at Hartmann Village Assisted Living in Boonville.

Herma was born January 18, 1925, in Stratford, TX, a daughter of Walter Phillip and Hulda Charlotte Sophia (Langendoerfer) Gumper, who preceded her in death.

She married the love of her life, Cecil Marion Porter on June 22, 1947, in Dalhart, Texas. Cecil preceded her in death on April 4, 2010.

Herma grew up in Dalhart, TX, where she graduated from high school. She later moved to Jamestown and Pilot Grove, MO. She was a homemaker until her youngest child was well into school. At that time she went to work at Toastmaster. She worked there for eighteen years. She liked to travel, crochet, embroider, quilt, read, and do volunteer work. She enjoyed putting puzzles together and watching the hummingbirds. Herma was a longtime member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ which later became Pilot Grove Community Church.

She is survived by four children, Glenn Douglas Porter (Marilyn) of Pilot Grove, MO, Katherine Watring (Mike) of Boonville, MO, Karla Jean Kirrane of Liberty, MO, and Karen Sue Crunk (Wendall)  of Lorena, TX; ten grandchildren; and twenty great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband, Herma is preceded in death by two sons, Cecil Wayne Porter and Darrell Eugene Porter; four siblings, Mildred Ruth Ballinger, Gertrude Marjorie Campbell, Forest Milton Gumper, and Dorothy Irene Walden; and her son-in-law, Gary Kirrane.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm Friday, December 9, 2022 at Pilot Grove Community Church with burial to follow in California Cemetery, California, MO.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm Thursday, December 8, 2022 at Meisenheimer-Page-Dady Funeral Home Pilot Grove.

Pallbearers are Shawn Watring, Brad Watring, Scott Emery, Justin Metzner, Theron Broadfoot, and Wendall Crunk.

Honorary Pallbearers are Melody Bennett, Matthew Porter, Emily Broadfoot, Kara Metzner, Kayla Trulson, Krista Kirrane, Amanda Westerfeld, and Allison Garrett.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the Hartmann Village Resident Activity Fund.

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Service Schedule

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Thursday, December 8, 2022

5:00 - 7:00 pm (Central time)

Meisenheimer-Page Dady Funeral Home Pilot Grove

200 Roe Street, Pilot Grove, MO 65276

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Friday, December 9, 2022

2:00 - 2:45 pm (Central time)

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Friday, December 9, 2022

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