Jone Carlsen Porter
Jone Kay Carlsen Porter, age 79, died Saturday, January 18, 2020, in Lakewood Ranch, Florida. Born in Clinton, IA, on July 9, 1940, to John and Betty Carlsen, she attended Clinton schools growing up, graduating from Clinton High School in 1958. She worked in the Davenport and Iowa City police departments. Her employment with the police continued while she attended the University of Iowa, where she pledged Alpha Chi Omega. On September 1, 1962, she married her college sweetheart, Paul Porter. In 1969, Jone and Paul moved to Florida, where they resided in Sanford for 32 years of that time. Jone had lifelong interests in art and music. An award-winning artist, she worked with a variety of mediums, including painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics and carving. She was invited to exhibit her work in juried fine art shows throughout Central Florida. She was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church for many years, singing in the church choir. Jone attended art classes at Seminole Community College for years and, in her 40s, added academic courses and attained her AA degree, Summa Cum Laude. Jone and Paul loved to travel. They traveled internationally together, and spent several years traveling the US and Canada in their RV. Jone loved spending time with family, especially her grandchildren and great granddaughter. She is survived by her husband, Paul, Lakewood Ranch, FL; sister, Barbara Kerr, Wapello, IA; daughter Beth Berstling and her husband Jim, Sarasota, FL; daughter Suzy Porter, Sanford, FL; granddaughter Naomi Whitley and her fiancé Austin Erickson, Myakka City, FL; grandson Nicholas Porter, Sanford, FL; and great granddaughter Chloe Kay Erickson, Myakka City, FL. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Paul and Jone Scholarship at Seminole State College. No service is scheduled. A celebration of life is to follow at a later date.
Published on January 24, 2020


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