Diana B Porter Obituary

Diana B Porter

Apr 22, 1933-Aug 04, 2018
Resided in Dallas
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Diana B Porter of Dallas, Texas, passed away in her sleep on Saturday, August 4, 2018, at the Willow Bend Nursing and Rehabilitation center in Mesquite, where she had been a resident for the last two years. She was eighty-five. She is survived by her four children (Dr William Porter of Dallas; Elena Clark of Victoria, Australia; Dr Cynthia Galt of Dallas; and Victoria Cheatwood of Moore, Oklahoma); ten grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Her grandchildren called her "Emmy."
 
Diana was the third of four children born to Polish immigrant parents in the Detroit, Michigan, area. Her parents had been successful in the restaurant business in Detroit. Diana was good both with food and with people and slid naturally into the restaurant business herself. She came to Dallas in 1963 to manage the restaurant at a new Marriott Hotel near downtown, but not long after was hired by Neiman Marcus to serve as Helen Corbitt's personal assistant. She was the first manager of the Zodiac Room at NorthPark and later, after leaving Neiman's, was the original manager of the Sun Room, which was then a new format dining experience at Exchange Park in the Dallas medical center.
 
She displayed abundant musical talent early on and met her husband, Bill Porter, in 1950 while both were members of the chorus of the Detroit Civic Light Opera. After she came to Dallas in 1963, she joined the Dallas Opera chorus and was the chorus's union leader for many years in the sixties and seventies. She was a contralto soloist at Oak Lawn Methodist Church and St Luke's Episcopal Church. She was proud of taking courses in music as an adult from University of North Texas and SMU.
 
She was also a talented artist and later in life, after she retired, she took up knitting and became a master. A bedspread she knitted won the Grand Prize in the Arts and Crafts competition at the Texas State Fair in the 1980s. When the Plano software company Id released its record-breaking game 'DOOM' she knitted a sweater for the CEO that matched what became the game's iconic image — a real show-stopper of a sweater.
 
She loved animals — horses, dogs and especially cats, who always found refuge in her home. At one time, she'd had a couple of dozen. A young granddaughter years ago, noticing that Emmy was down to only eight cats, remarked, "Emmy, you're low on cats!" If you feel so inclined, please make a donation in her memory to [North Texas Cat Rescue](https://www.northtexascatrescue.com).
 
Ashes to ashes, dust to dust
Glass becomes sand again, iron turns to rust
A song heard at sunset goes quiet with a gust
Ashes to ashes, dust to dust
 

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