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Ercie Alfreda Porterfield, 86, of Pleasant Hill, was born Saturday, July 3, 1926 in Mitchell, Arkansas, the daughter of Frank and Myrtle (Smith) Orr. She departed this life at 7:40 a.m. on Friday, August 17, 2012 at the Pleasant Hill Health & Rehabilitation Center, surrounded with love and family.
On December 19, 1942, Ercie was united in marriage to Leo Alma Porterfield in Salem, Arkansas. He preceded her in death on November 2, 1980.
She was a homemaker, but had worked for Holden Manufacturing as a seamstress. She was also instrumental in the daily operation of her husband's business, Porterfield Construction; later assisting her son with his business, Key Largo Properties. She was a faithful member of the Pleasant Hill First Christian Church. In her spare time she enjoyed arranging flowers, word search puzzles, and she loved to travel, especially in the family motor home.
Ercie was foremost, a fantastic mother. Her devotion to her family was unparalleled by any one and she was selfless, always putting her children first. Her family will always cherish the love she shared.
She was also preceded in death by one daughter Gloria Sue on August 16, 1945; four brothers Olen Orr, Quinten Orr, Omery Orr, and Calvin Orr; and 1 sister Audney Blair.
She is survived by her son Jerry (and Michelle) Porterfield of Lone Jack; two daughters Judy (and Terry) Guinn of Holden, and Sandra (and Doug) Ethridge of Kingsville; six grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins she loved so much; and many friends.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, August 21, 2012, at the funeral home. Reverend D. Kent Deubner of the Pleasant Hill First Christian Church officiated. Interment was in the Strasburg Cemetery. Casket bearers were Charles Blair, Kimble Cowen, Jeremy Ethridge, Brock Porterfield, DL Guinn, Michael Guinn, and Shawn Guinn.
Visitation was held Monday evening at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions are suggested to Kansas City Hospice and may be sent in care of the funeral home.
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