Elaine N. Porter, a homemaker and award-winning quilter, died Friday of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at her Lutherville home. She was 87.
The daughter of the founder and president of Real Estate Title Co. and a homemaker, Elaine Neubauer was born in Baltimore and was raised on Cedarcroft Road and on St. Albans Way in Homeland.
After graduating in 1941 from Notre Dame Preparatory School when she was 16, she attended what is now Notre Dame of Maryland University.
Before her 1946 marriage to Dr. Harry P. Porter, an otolaryngologist, she worked as an administrative assistant in her father's company.
"They met on a blind date while he was on leave from the Army Medical Corps during World War II and married six months later," said Christy Carey, a granddaughter who lives in Lutherville.
The couple purchased her childhood home on Cedarcroft Road, where they raised their three children. They later moved to Lutherville.
Mrs. Porter was a gourmet cook, dressmaker and master weaver. She was an accomplished needlewoman and award-winning quilter.
Mrs. Porter won first prize at the Maryland State Fair for her 1976 Bicentennial dress made with material she had woven and sewed by hand.
"She also created treasured Baltimore Album quilts for her children and grandchildren," said Ms. Carey.
She was a member of the Maryland Weaver's Guild, the Women's Auxiliary of the University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center, Maryland Association of Parliamentarians and the Woman's Club of Roland Park.
Mrs. Porter had also been a Girl Scout leader and volunteered at her church.
After her husband retired in 1983, she joined him in genealogical research, which took the couple to England, France, Scotland, Austria and Germany "to research his and her ancestries — a passion they both shared," said Ms. Carey.
They also liked sailing the Chesapeake Bay aboard their vessel, Star of the Sea, from Gibson Island.
"She was very actively involved with her children, grandchildren and even her great-grandchildren," said Ms. Carey, who said her grandmother cross-stitched a wall-hanging with her credo: "Make your home a retreat to which a son or daughter can return in triumph or defeat, in victory or disgrace, and know they will be loved and respected."
Mrs. Porter was an active communicant of Holy Comforter Episcopal Church, Bellona and Seminary avenues, Lutherville, where a memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday.
In addition to Ms. Carey, Mrs. Porter is survived by her husband of 66 years; a son, Richard Alan Porter of Guilford, Conn.; two daughters, Barbara Porter Carr of Lutherville and Carolyn Porter Adkins of Lancaster, Pa.; eight other grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
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