Karma Anita (King) Porter was born in Raymond, Alberta on August 8, 1929 and passed away in St. Michael’s Palliative Care in Lethbridge, Alberta, on April 24, 2023, at the age of 93.
She was raised in Raymond and Del Bonita and in her teen years moved to Cardston to work. There she met Larry Porter on a blind date and they were married July 27, 1949 in Pincher Creek. She and Larry lived in many different towns in Saskatchewan and northern Alberta before finally settling in Pincher Creek in 1958.
Karma was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and was the last original member of the beginnings of the Church in Pincher Creek. She served in many capacities, always happy to be of service to those around her. She loved her family deeply and was a model of the perfect mother, never too busy to sacrifice for them. She was an excellent cook and sewed, quilted, knitted, crocheted, tatted, embroidered, smocked, and left many beautiful items for her family to remember her by. She was an extremely hard worker, still doing yard work and shovelling snow into her 90’s.
Karma was a woman for whom the word mother could have been invented. She was so loyal and never passed on anything that was said to her in confidence. She was known to her friends as the ‘Human Clam’.
Karma loved to learn and took numerous classes in sewing, calligraphy and cake decorating. She even went back to finish high school in her forties. Karma loved her Chihuahuas, Chico and Mitsy, and they became her ears as her hearing declined and they were also great companions in the seventeen years she spent as a widow. Her daughter, Cindy, lived next door and she and her family faithfully cared for our mother all those years.
Karma is survived by her children: Maurene (Tom) Wilson of Lethbridge, George (Launa) Porter of Glenwood and Cindy (Bob) Bennett of Pincher Creek, 12 Grandchildren and 23 Great -Grandchildren. She is also survived by her siblings: Mark (Pat) Allen, Barbara (Joe) Juhasz, Merle Still, Connie (Keith) Hancock, Carole King, Wayne (Anita) King, and sister-in-law Cheryl Nelson.
Karma was predeceased by her husband, John Lawrence (Larry) Porter, parents Venice Nelson and Harold King, step-fathers Osmond Allen and Robert Nelson, brothers Anthoney
Allen and Marvin Nelson.
Karma’s family wish to extend heartfelt thanks to all the staff of St. Michael’s Palliative Care for the watchful and loving care they extended to our dear mother. They were her angels. Also many thanks to Dr. John Rottger and Dr. Bev Burton of the Pincher Creek Hospital.
The Funeral Service was held at 11:00 A.M. on Friday, April 28, 2023, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Bishop Roy Stoddard officiating. Interment followed in Fairview Cemetery, Pincher Creek.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Michael’s Palliative Care.