ForeverMissed
Patricia Natalie Porter (Perry) died on Tuesday, January 5, 2021, following a period of declining health. The loss has been profoundly heartbreaking for so very many, as Pat was cherished by those that knew her and those fortunate to witness her love for others and her pure selflessness.

Pat was predeceased by her parents, Dorothy “Dot” Lenore Callahan and Bernard L. Perry Sr., an Army WWII veteran; her brother Bernard “Bern” L. Perry Jr.; and her cherished friend and partner in crime, Elizabeth (Liz) Harris. She is survived by her husband of 53 years, William (Bill) R. Porter (MCPO USN RET); her siblings, Robert S. Perry and Maureen Ostrowski; her children, Tyler Joseph Porter Sr. and Alisha Mae Porter, her grandchildren, Tyler J. Porter Jr., Kylie A. Porter, as well as a large extended family that held her in the highest esteem and lovingly referred to her as “Aunt Pat.”

Born on October 5, 1946 in Norwich, CT and raised in Preston, CT. Pat attended the Norwich Free Academy for high school and was a proud graduate of the New London Academy of Hairdressing. Pat and future husband Bill met as members of the wedding party of mutual friends. After they married and Bill’s Naval service brought the family to Charleston, SC, Pat embraced the role of military wife and homemaker. During Bill’s lengthy submarine deployments, she cared for their two children, ran the household, paid the bills, and gave of her time, including helping other military wives. Despite the workload, Pat frequently expressed her gratitude, as it was her dream to be able to stay home and raise her children full time.

Pat and Bill eventually moved to Cherry Hill, NJ to begin the civilian chapter of their lives. Pat was the consummate cheerleader for her children, spending countless hours working the booster club for Cherry Hill East wrestling and proudly serving as the most devoted Brownie and Girl Scout leader for the girls at Cooper School Elementary. Once both of her children were in school, Pat returned to her professional endeavors as an Activity Director at The Tender, an adult day-care center in Moorestown. Everyone she encountered there adored her, as she approached each client and caregiver interaction with compassion and kindness.  

Raised Roman Catholic, Pat’s faith remained strong throughout her life. During her time in Charleston, Pat joined the Community of Christ Church and would later answer the calling to become one of the first female ordained ministers at the Woodbury, NJ branch. Pat was a treasured resource of religious and spiritual guidance for many, and she found true joy in serving youth ministry, including teaching Sunday school and vacation bible school classes. 

A devoted mother not only to her children but also to her extended family, Aunt Pat’s greatest pride was caring for others. Always willing to lend an ear, always welcoming with open arms, Aunt Pat will be deeply missed. 

Services will be held following the COVID-19 pandemic.

Fertig Funeral Home, LLC

Posted by Kim Kane on January 13, 2021
I’m so sorry to hear this. I have so many great memories with Pat. She was like a mother to me. She always went out of her way to make me feel special and like I was part of her family. She will be missed very much. I’m thankful for the years I got to spend with her and her family. Kim
Posted by Nikki Saltzburg on January 13, 2021
Alisha, Tyler, and Bill - I’m so sorry to hear of Pat’s passing. I have many great memories of her from Girl Scouts all those years ago, and always appreciated her warmth and kindness. I wish you all peace and comfort in this difficult time. 
Posted by Kim Mahoney on January 12, 2021
Anyone who knows me, knows just how much I love & cherish this beautiful woman. She was stunning, inside and out. One the brightest parts of my life, always there for me, always. I was beyond blessed to have her a part of me. We shared so many laughs, it's all we did when we were together. With she and I and my mom & sister together, it was an all out hysterical riot, we were like school girls. She was the funnest, caring, generous, most giving person I know. I wish everyone was as lucky as I was to know her. She was and always will be my Aunt Pat, and now a angel in heaven, just as she was here on earth.
Posted by Adam Perry on January 12, 2021
Aunt Pat showed nothing but Love to me everytime we talked or seen each other. She was a special lady who raised a special family. Auntie will be forever remembered as a woman who raised the spirits of those around her.
Posted by Sandie Saltzburg on January 11, 2021
Bill, Alisha, and Tyler. So sorry for your loss. Pat was always added a bit of sunshine to my life as well as Nikki's. And for that matter, to many whose lives she touched.
Posted by Millie Fisher on January 11, 2021
I am very sorry to hear of Pat’s recent death. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time. 
Posted by Lyle Fisher on January 11, 2021
Dear Tyler and the Porter Family... I heard of your mother's passing and a flood of wonderful childhood memories went through my brain. Pat was a wonderful lady and I always cherished the times I spent with your family. Please accept our deepest condolences. You will all be in our thoughts.
Posted by Lisa Whitman on January 11, 2021
So very sorry. Pat was a great lady and friend. 

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Posted by Kim Kane on January 13, 2021
I’m so sorry to hear this. I have so many great memories with Pat. She was like a mother to me. She always went out of her way to make me feel special and like I was part of her family. She will be missed very much. I’m thankful for the years I got to spend with her and her family. Kim
Posted by Nikki Saltzburg on January 13, 2021
Alisha, Tyler, and Bill - I’m so sorry to hear of Pat’s passing. I have many great memories of her from Girl Scouts all those years ago, and always appreciated her warmth and kindness. I wish you all peace and comfort in this difficult time. 
Posted by Kim Mahoney on January 12, 2021
Anyone who knows me, knows just how much I love & cherish this beautiful woman. She was stunning, inside and out. One the brightest parts of my life, always there for me, always. I was beyond blessed to have her a part of me. We shared so many laughs, it's all we did when we were together. With she and I and my mom & sister together, it was an all out hysterical riot, we were like school girls. She was the funnest, caring, generous, most giving person I know. I wish everyone was as lucky as I was to know her. She was and always will be my Aunt Pat, and now a angel in heaven, just as she was here on earth.
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Shared by Renee Majewski on January 11, 2021
Pat was always like a momom to me I pretty much always went up there when I was little growing up.  We always made cookies and we even would do arts and crafts we even went to her friends house one time when I went up for a weekend I forget who it was but we went to there pool an we all went swimming  pat definitely was a wonderful woman I ever meet and I'm so grateful I had her in my life ❤  I still remember from this day she would aways tell me I have Christmas gifts for you but idk where I put them me and her would aways joke around and said maybe someone took them from the both of us pat I really wished I was able to do the two things I want to do with you and Bill but I wasn't able to I wanted to come surprised you guys and video chat on Facebook but until we meet again I love you and will aways think of you Rest Easy Now my dear friend ♥