Mrs. Judith Ellen (Porter) Neikirk of Ravenna passed peacefully Saturday, August 10, 2013 following an extended illness.
She was born in Ravenna, Ohio, November 20, 1927, the eldest child of Ewing Clinton Porter and Sara Booher (nee Ridenor), from where, shortly afterwards, the family removed to Brownsville, Fayette Co., Pa. where Judy lived her early childhood. The family later returned to Ravenna, where she became a lifelong resident until retiring with her husband Mickey to Charleston, South Carolina in 1989. After the passing of her husband she remained in Charleston until returning to the Ravenna area in 2002.
She graduated from the Ravenna High School; later, as a long time employee at the Gray's Vale Edge Sparkle Market, she acquired many lifelong friends and had many acquaintances. She was the last, save one, of that generation at the store.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Dcn. Earel Dean Mickey Neikirk II; infant daughter, Amy; and sisters and brother, Linda (Porter) Thomas, Dale Porter, and Susan (Porter) Tisher.
She is survived by her sister Becky (Francis) Bonham Smith nee Porter. She leaves her son, Earel Dean Neikirk III; two daughters, Jane Anne (Rob) Harding-McGhee and Sarah (Paul) Smith, both of Charleston, S.C.; grandchildren Erik, Ashley, and Brittany (Neikirk); Sean (Harding); Lauren and Alissa (Smith) and their spouses and partners; seven great-grandchildren, Riley and Emma (Erik), Savannah (Brittany), Ava and Audrey (Lauren), and Drew and Brooklyn (Alissa), and an extended family of nieces, nephews, and cousins from the Porter, Ridenour, Neikirk and associated family lines.
On the occasion of her 80th birthday, at a gathering of over 200 revelers, she had the opportunity to reunite with friends and family, and enjoy the time given by, and spent with all. It was her hope that the recollection and joy of this day be her remembrance.
According to her wishes there will be no services; observance of handling of cremains is to her request; and, following an appropriate period, she desires a celebration be held, rivaling the joy of her 80th birthday party, for friends, family and acquaintances.
The family wishes to thank the hospital staff, the palliative care team and all who assisted and made her final time comfortable, and everyone touching her life over these many years.
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