March 25, 1920 — Feb. 14, 2011
Isabel H. Porter passed away on Valentine’s Day on Feb. 14, 2011, filled with the love and affection of her children and family.
She was born March 25, 1920, in Kalamazoo, Mich., to Elma Hoover Putnam and James Baker Putnam. She spent her childhood in Fresno, later moving to Oakland. Throughout her life, Isabel was a producing artist and embraced many artistic forms — ceramics, painting, textile and furniture design. She also was an accomplished writer. In addition to numerous short stories, she wrote, illustratedand published a book about the favorite family cat. She loved words, and often coined memorable phrases.
Isabel was married to Warren D. Porter for 64 years. Warren passed away in 2006. She is survived by her children, Kathryn Porter, Frank S. Porter (wife, Sharan Porter) and Laura Thompson (husband, Dean Thompson), as well as grandchildren Scott and Caitlin Porter and step-grandchildren Zack and Seri Thompson.
Her friends and family were very important to her. She was blessed to have many dear friends in Davis, a community she lived and thrived in for nearly 50 years.
Isabel’s devotion to the Sierra will be remembered as part of her legacy. Isabel will join her late husband at their final resting place in the Sierra that they loved. At her request, no formal services will be held. The family requests that remembrances be made to Heifer International, where an online registry has been established, or to the Davis Art Center.