Patricia Jean (Meyer) Porter, 82, passed away peacefully in her daughter's arms Monday evening, Sept. 23, 2019, at Cottagewood Senior Communities. A recent illness turned into pneumonia and it was her time to go home to Jesus.
Despite an Alzheimer's diagnosis around 2010, Pat was happy and content the last years of her life because of the loving care from her children, Barb and Brad, and the beautiful people at Cottagewood.
Pat was born March 18, 1937, to Lester and Jeannette (Scharberg) Meyer, who divorced when Pat was 6, and was raised on a farm in the Hayfield area, when her mother married Millard Edgar.
She was a homemaker and had two marriages that ended in divorce. As a single mom, she had various housekeeping jobs at Rochester hotels, Oakview Movie Theater, Michaels restaurant and Del's Cafe in St. Charles. One of her favorite jobs was delivering the Winona Shopper to Lewiston residents in the mid-1990s.
Pat was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, James and Albert Meyer; daughter, Brenda (Porter) Butler; niece, Julie Ness; nephew, Jason Sibley; and brother-in-law, Rodney (Spike) Powell.
Survivors include her children, Barbara Meyer, Bradley Porter and Stanley (Sarah) Rygh, Wisconsin; sisters, Mary (Gary) Smith, Arizona, Elaine Powell, Florida, June (Cliff) Sandnes, Texas and Beth Meyer; brothers, Duane Edgar, Robert (Marlene) Edgar, Lester (Lorna) Meyer Jr, Jeremy Meyer, Iowa, and Allen Meyer; eight grandchildren, Tresa Mason, Vanessa Mason, Andres (Tawny) Hernandez, Allea Butler, Casey Rygh, Star (Rygh) Cruz Severino, Isabella Rygh and Peter Rygh; 11 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren and many beloved nieces and nephews.
Pat enjoyed spending time with family, friends and her beloved dogs and cats. She loved growing flowers, rock polishing, bird watching, the Zumbro River, campfires, country drives and indoor crafts -- creating decorations and gifts.
Polka was her "happy music" and she loved dancing or just listening to country and classic rock.
A gathering of Pat's loved ones will be held from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12 at Calvary Chapel, 814 11th Ave., Rochester, with a short Christian service by Pastor Dale DePeel from 4 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The family requests Humane Society donations in lieu of flowers.