Sister Francis Joseph Porter, June 29, 1934-July 7, 2013

Sister Francis Joseph Porter, 79, an Ursuline Sister of Mount Saint Joseph, died July 7 at Mount Saint Joseph, in her 51st year of religious life. She was a native of Owensboro, Ky., born to the late Joseph Oldham Porter and Frances Evelyn Hayden Porter.

Porter, S Francis JosephSister Francis Joseph was very prayerful and loved the beauty of nature. She was up early watering her many flowers or feeding a stray animal, but always made time to share a smile and a kind word for all who crossed her path.

She ministered in the Mount Saint Joseph Post Office for 28 of the past 29 years, most of those years as postmaster. She was director of food services at Maple Mount (1980-84), and a teacher in Kentucky at St. Denis School, Louisville (1966-67), Flaherty High School, Flaherty (1968-69), Mount Saint Joseph Academy (1967-68), St. Margaret Mary School, Louisville (1969-70), St. Peter of Antioch School, Waverly (1970-73), St. Francis of Assisi School, Loretto (1973-77) and St. Mary of the Woods School, Whitesville (1977-80).

Survivors include her sister, Betty Lou Abel, of Jacksonville, Fla., her brother-in-law Mike Cecil, of Chicago, nieces and nephews and the members of her religious community.

The funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Mount Saint Joseph, where visitation will begin Tuesday at 4 p.m., with a wake service following at 6:30 p.m.

Glenn Funeral Home and Crematory, Owensboro, is in charge of arrangements.

Gifts in memory of Sister Francis Joseph may take the form of donations to the Ursuline Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph, 8001 Cummings Road, Maple Mount, KY 42356.


  1. Burnett W. Porter, Jr.

    Sister Francis Joseph Porter and I share the
    same Great, Great Grandfather James S. Porter. She was my best friend and I’ll miss her so very much.

  2. Ann & Bob Mattingly

    Sister Francis Joseph told me we were relatives, of which I had no idea on the Fulkerson side of her family. We became close in the last few years, and enjoyed sharing recipies, her knowledge of plants etc. She taught the her world and the people around her, what kindness and goodness is. Bob and I will miss her so much.

  3. Karen Ann Heilers

    Sister Francis Joseph ALWAYS had a smile on her face! I can envision her counting out change and selling stamps in Heaven! She was such a dear person; one I will always hold dear to my heart.

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