Eloise Porter was born on June 24, 1950 in Cruger, MS to Needa Mae (Ezell) Watkins and Landell Combs. She graduated from Threadgill High School in 1969 and in 1970 married Wilson Smith with whom she had two daughters, Labridgette and Shirah. In 1974, she moved to Boston, MA looking for a fresh start. Upon her divorce, she enrolled herself into Northeastern University where she studied computers and later graduated with a bachelor’s degree. In 1978, she gave birth to her third daughter Monet. The following year, in 1979, she joined Metropolitan Baptist Church. A long-standing member she served as a Missionary, Sunday School teacher and sang with the Adult Choir. She loved her church and you would often find her going to a church event smelling of Red Door and dressed to impress. Her employment experience includes working for Gaston & Snow, the Salvation Army, and Victory Programs. Motivated to start her own youth ministry, Eloise enrolled herself into the Master of Arts in Youth Ministry program at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in 2005. She graduated with her degree in 2007. In 2006, she married Walter Porter to whom she was happily married to until her passing. Eloise was a bright light and she loved people. She always had a kind word, a playful gesture, a smile, and hug for all. A fashionista, she loved bright colors, shoes, clothes, hand bags, church hats, and jewelry. She also enjoyed watching football, basketball, westerns, and crime shows. Eloise is preceded in death by aforementioned mother, father, and brothers Timothy Charles Ezell and James Roy Watkins Jr. She leaves her husband Walter, 3 children, Labridgette (Lenny Sr.), Shirah, Monet, 8 grandchildren, Nicholas, Adrienne, Amber, Antoinette, Jeru, Audrey, Lenny Jr., Masiah, 4 great grandchildren, Giannellie, Janeiryz, Jayla and Adonia, siblings, Irma, Anneeda, Letha, Doris, Sheron, Marvin, Theresa, Joan, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. She will be greatly missed, but never forgotten.
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