Gloria "Kay" (Riddle) Porter, affectionately known as Kay, passed away on January 14, 2024, leaving behind a legacy of love cherished memories. She was born on February 12, 1942, in Kirby, AR, to Welton "Jug" and Edith (Williams) Riddle.
Kay's vibrant personality could light up any room she entered. She was a fierce and loving grandmother who adored her family beyond measure. Known to be a Facebook junkie, Kay took great joy in connecting with her loved ones and discovering her family history through this popular social media platform.
A true patriot at heart, Kay upheld her deep love for her country and its values. She had an unwavering dedication to staying informed and would watch Fox News faithfully. Additionally, she was a loyal Razorback fan through both winning and losing seasons – her devotion to the team never faltered.
Kay had a green thumb and found solace in tending to plants, particularly cacti and flowers. Whether it was nurturing a small potted plant or tending to the blossoming flowers in her garden, she had a special touch that brought life and beauty wherever she went.
Deeply rooted in friendship, Kay treasured the lifelong bonds she formed with her high school friends. Their connection endured throughout the years and brought immeasurable joy to Kay's life.
Another source of immense pride for Kay was the Palestine Cemetery. This sacred ground held great significance for her as at least five generations of her family found their final resting place there. The cemetery stood as a testament to the enduring bond between family members through time. Kay was preceded in death by her daughter, Kala Swaims; parents, Jug and Edith Riddle; brother, Billy Riddle; and sister-in-law, Aleta.
Kay is survived by her loving husband of over sixty years, Kenneth Floyd Porter. They shared many wonderful memories together since their wedding day on June 1, 1963. Also left behind are their children: Jeff Porter and his wife Deanna; Kara Simmons and her husband Chris. Kay's grandchildren, Karlee Pruitt and her husband Sterling, Kalyn Swaims, Kirby Swaims McFarland and her husband Dalton, Kuper Swaims, Kannon Porter, Kole Swaims, and Karoline Simmons, brought her immense joy in life. Furthermore, she was blessed with five great-grandchildren who filled her heart with love.
Kay will be dearly missed by a host of beloved extended family members and friends. Her genuine kindness and warm-hearted nature touched the lives of all who were fortunate enough to know her.
A funeral service for Kay will be held at Smith-Benton Funeral Home, located at 322 N. Market St. in Benton, AR. A visitation is scheduled from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM on Monday, January 22, 2024. The funeral service will follow at 1:00 PM. Kay will be laid to rest at Palestine Cemetery in Kirby, AR at 3:00 PM.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Palestine Cemetery, c/o Prisilla Reid, mailed to 440 Palestine Rd. Amity, AR 71921.
As we bid a heartfelt farewell to Kay, let us remember the joyful moments she shared with us and cherish the love she showered upon her family and friends. May her spirit live on as we honor her memory and continue to find inspiration in the indomitable strength of her character.