Gail L. (Anderson) Porter

November 12, 1938 ~ March 7, 2022 (age 83)


It is with sorrow and spiritual joy that we share, Gail A. Porter, 83, of Vernon, CT was called home to the Lord on March 7th, 2022. Born on November 12, 1938, in Manchester, CT to Einar H. Anderson & Grace (Gallagher) Anderson of Manchester, CT, where she attended Grade School and graduated High School.  Gail met her future husband Douglas S Porter Jr. on a Misquamicut beach vacation in Westerly, RI, Doug’s hometown, they married on January 18th, 1958, at Emanual Lutheran Church, Manchester, CT.

Gail was a homemaker who raised her four children in loving homes in South Windsor and East Hartford and welcomed her grandchildren in a Manchester home. A lifelong member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church, she was active in many church groups including her beloved Ruth Circle. A wonderful cook and baker she always exclaimed, “save room for dessert” at every family meal. The family enjoyed annual camping trips with other church families and relatives. Later in life Gail would get her cosmetology license and work as a hairdresser. She donated many hours of service cutting hair for shut-ins and the elderly. Gail loved when family or friends would stop over her house to get a haircut from ‘Auntie Gail’.

Gail & Doug enjoyed a happy retirement in Vernon, CT making many friends in the Quail Hollow Community, as well as their winter snowbird trips to The Villages & Summerfield FL. She was a keen card player and loved playing Bridge, Canasta & Cribbage with family and friends.

Gail was preceded in death by her parents, Einar H. Anderson & Grace (Gallagher) Anderson as well as her loving husband of 62 years, Douglas S. Porter Jr.

Gail is survived by her children, son’s Jeffrey Porter of Vernon, CT, Steven & wife Sherri Porter of Burlington, CT, Ryan & wife Rhonda Porter of Coventry, CT and daughter Linda &  husband Edward Porter of Newington, CT; brother Bruce & Dorothy Anderson of Tucson, AZ and brother-in-law Ronald & Barbara Jean Porter of Joppa, MD; her beloved grandchildren Jesse Porter & fiancé Erin Mikan and great granddaughters Evelina and Lucille Porter, Rachael (Porter) & Taylor Sulmonetti and great grandson Elliott Sulmonetti, Aaron Porter, Amanda Porter, Kristen Porter, Cheyana Porter-Rizza, Katrina Porter, Stasia Porter, Morgan Porter, and Shane Porter. These family members, along with many nieces, nephews, cousins & friends around the country will miss her dearly.

Mom, Momma, Grandma, Mimi, Mor-mor & Gigi, may eternal peace and happiness bless you and bring you comfort. You will be cherished in our hearts and memories forever.

Funeral Service will be held on Friday March 25th, 2022, 10:30 am

Emanuel Lutheran Church, 60 Church St. Manchester, CT, 06040

A Private Family Committal Service to follow

In Lieu of Floral Arrangement a donation may be made to Emanuel Lutheran Church, the Alzheimer’s Association or the charity of your choice.

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Memorial Service
March 25, 2022

10:30 AM to 11:00 AM
East Cemetery, Manchester
240 East Center Street
Manchester, CT 06040

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