We were so blessed to have her in our lives for so long.
Alvita Porter passed away Saturday, August 23rd surrounded by her family, just the way she wished. She leaves behind a large family. Her sister Oralia Saaverdra whom she cared for her entire life, Three children, Chuck Porter, his wife Paulana, Kathy Glenn, her husband Bruce, and Lisa Hernandez. Alvita cherished her six grandchildren, Rob Porter, Erin Fletcher, Karen Glenn, Eric Glenn, Larry and Vincent Hernandez. She was also Blessed to welcome 6 great grandchildren into the world and was a big part of their lives.
Alvita was born in Madrid New Mexico on October 8 1929, She moved to Los Angeles as a teenager. She met Bob Porter and they married in 1947 after his discharge from the Navy. This was a bond that would last a lifetime, until his death in 1995. After several years in LA, they moved to Santa Barbara in 1964 where they raised their family. Alvita was a homemaker, gardener, animal lover, friend and mother to so many. She touched countless lives with her gracious hospitality. Many people in Santa Barbara have experienced the
great food, warm company and memorable moments of her home.
She and Bob were also active in community organizing in the seventies. She would like to be remembered for her contribution to founding the Health Task Force which later evolved into the Westside and Eastside community clinics.
The family would like to acknowledge the special contribution of her daughter Lisa and her Grandson Vincent. Their devoted care for the past three years allowed Alvita to remain in her home and live with the love and dignity that she deserved. We also thank the support of Hospice especially Dee,and Raquel who did an outstanding job of caring for our mother, and the caretakers.
Well done Alvita!… Bravo for a life well lived. Your family adores you and always will.
A mass will be held at Holy Cross Church on Cliff Drive at 11:00 on Saturday 9/13 A celebration of life will occur immediately after. Flowers are welcomed. She loved flowers.