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Cora Porter

September 22, 2009

Cora R. Porter, 81, of Shavertown, passed away Tuesday at Hospice Community Care, Geisinger South Wilkes-Barre.

Born in Wilkes-Barre, she was a daughter of the late Corey E. and Gertrude Bubble Rood. She was a graduate of Kingston Township High School, Nesbitt Hospital School of Nursing, Wilkes College, and the University of Scranton. Mrs. Porter began her teaching career as an instructor at the Nesbitt Hospital School of Nursing and later became the Assistant Director of Nursing Services at Nesbitt Hospital.

She continued her career at the Luzerne County Community College, where she was on of the five founders of the Nursing Education Program.

At the time of her retirement, she was an Associate Professor of Nursing.

During the Korean War, she served in the U.S. Navy as a nurse.

She was a member of the Trucksville United Methodist Church, and its United Methodist Women, and the National League of Nursing.

After her retirement, she was a volunteer with the American Red Cross Blood Mobile and Meals on Wheels.

Surviving is a son, R. Brian Porter, and wife, Antonia Messineo, of Fairport, N.Y.; daughter R. Bonnie Pajka and husband, Michael, of Shavertown; sister Naomi Holdredge, Shavertown; grandchildren Corey, Brooklyn, N.Y.; Adam, Shavertown; Holly Pajka, Harveys Lake; nephew Donald Holdredge and wife, Sharen, of Dallas; three great-nephews.

Private funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family from the Richard H. Disque Funeral Home Inc., 672 Memorial Highway, Dallas. A Celebration of Life ceremony will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice Community Care, Trucksville United Methodist Church or to the Luzerne County Community College Foundation.

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