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Cleone Porter

07/04/1927 - 11/12/2016
Service Date: 11/19/2016
Service Time: 11:00 AM
Service Location: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Crystal Shores Ward, 1483 N. Driftwood Drive, Gilbert, Arizona

Cleone Hyde McCoy Porter 89, passed away on November 12, 2016. She was born in Pocatello, Idaho on the fourth of July to Charles W. Hyde and Lily Kramer Hyde, the second of two daughters. She and her sister, Maureen H. Cook were greatly endeared to each other and were often seen holding hands throughout their lives.  She has preceded Cleone in death.

Nothing was more important to Cleone than her family and every life decision was influenced by that devotion. She was a woman of great beauty but possessed even more loveliness within as she filled her life with generosity, humor, compassion and a desire to serve others. She was a woman of deep faith and had an abiding trust in her Father in Heaven.

She earned a degree in nursing and worked many years as an RN and administrator. She sought knowledge and understanding of all things, yet retained her childlike wonder at the beauties of the earth and it’s Creator.

She traveled the world with her son John McCoy III, who preceded her in death and was one of the treasures of her heart.

Later in life Cleone met and married Richard A. Porter, who brought every bright happiness and blessing into her life, saving, as she said, “The best for last.” Together they served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Liberty, Missouri and enjoyed a sweet companionship and growing posterity.

Cleone touched many lives. She leaves a legacy of love, determined hope, faith in the Divine and an enduring desire to walk in light. Her smile measured the breadth of the love and tenderness she carried inside, she lived her life in profound gratitude and will be deeply missed.

She is survived by Kathleen M. Stapley, (Donald T. Jr.), Michelle Porter Dahl (Daniel) , Max Porter and (Kathleen). She leaves behind 12 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. She was adored by all.

Funeral services will be Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 11 AM, preceded by a visitation at 10 AM, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1483 North Driftwood Road, Gilbert, Arizona 85234.


  • To the family of Cleone Porter,
    I am sorry for your loss. May you find comfort in knowing that “Jehovah is close to the brokenhearted; He saves those who are crushed in spirit.” (Psalm 34:18) With sympathy,

  • Cheryll & Sammi Mercado

    Condolescences to Coleone Porter’s family may you know that she was a great Child of God who knew her Heavenly Father really well and was very knowledgeable in the Gospel. May we all remember that she was our friend and sister in unity and now she is with God and in a beautiful place. She has left her mortal life and has become a spirit ready to go on her next journey of life to meet God and reunite with her eternal companion and other family members. Sammi and I were happy to meet her acquaintance and someday we will see her again in the eternities

  • Jeff and Linda Pickles

    What a gracious and lovely woman! We have loved being able to see her at Stapley family functions, and enjoyed her smile and kindness shown to everyone. She has been a sweet grandma to Jill and we have seen the love that she has not only for Jill, but for our son, Jeff, and all their girls. She will be missed, that is for sure. We send our love and sympathies to Kathy and Don and their entire familly. Much love, Jeff and Linda

  • Yes, she will be greatly missed. She was not only a great friend, especially to my Dear Mom, but a loving companion to Mom also. For yearss she would come over, especially to watch Tom Jones together. She helped care for her in so many ways, especially with her smile. We miss her but know that the reunions were awesome…

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