Mrs. Williametta Porte Dies

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Mrs. Williametta Porte, a long time teacher and seamstress who served for several decades in Gbarnga, Bong County, died at the ELWA Hospital on Monday, February 29. She was 86.

Mrs. Porte was the widow of Mr. Rameses Porte of Crozierville, Montserrado County, who in 1944 migrated with his parents, Moses and Ariminta Porte, from Crozierville, Montserrado County, to Gbarnga, then Central Province, now Bong County. Rameses remained in Gbarnga and became an agricultural technician and one of the people who built the St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in that city.

Young Williametta Clarke, who hailed from Hartford, Grand Bassa County, was chosen by Rameses’ mother, Mrs. Ariminta Porte, during a visit to Grand Bassa, to be her son’s wife. Williametta and Rameses were married on December 16, 1953 in Hartford. He then took his bride to Gbarnga where they were blessed with six children—four daughters and two sons—whom they raised in Gbarnga.

Williametta taught at Gbarnga’s Gboveh High School, at the M.V. Massaquoi School, St. Martin’s Catholic School and the J.F. Clarke Kindergarten School, where she served from 1973 to 1990.

Mrs. Williametta Beatrice Clarke Porte was born in Hartford, Grand Bassa County, on August 7, 1930, the third of nine children of William Burgess Clarke and his wife, Mrs. Williametta Clarke.

According to son Rameses Porte, Jr., survivors include six children: Mrs. Everette Ferguson; Mrs. Ariminta Gbaba; Ms. Saretta Porte; Mrs. Vida Ncube; Rameses and Alonzo Porte; two sisters: Mrs. Ethel Bernard, mother of the late Counselor Toye C. Bernard, and Mrs. Gladys Quoi; and a brother, Stanford Clarke; 15 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; several foster children, including Hawa Porte, Mrs. Grace Cole and Korpo Weefer; and many other relatives.

Funeral arrangements will be announced later.

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