Nancy J. Porta
1940 ∼ 2019
Nancy J. Porta, a West Falmouth, MA resident of 51 years, passed away peacefully on June 1, 2019 from dementia related complications. She was 79. In 2005 she was predeceased by her husband of 45 years, David W. Porta. She was born in Newton, MA to the late Clarence and Marjorie (Graves) Smith.
Nancy graduated from the University of Massachusetts in Boston with a degree in Psychology. In her early years, she split time between Riviera Beach, Florida and Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts. Nancy’s father owned an apothecary on Circuit Avenue in Oak Bluffs for years where the family lived upstairs. It was in Oak Bluffs where she would meet her future husband, David. More recently, Nancy could be seen walking her beloved Tibetan Terrier, Spike, all over West Falmouth in the summer months, and Palm Beach Shores, Florida in the winter. Nancy loved taking long beach walks and collecting sea glass and shells. An accomplished painter, she traveled to locations in the Southwestern United States and Europe to hone her skills. One of her favorite places to paint was Beals, Maine where she maintained a home in years prior to and after her husband’s death.
Nancy is survived by her daughters, Cheryl Cappellini and her husband James of West Falmouth; Melissa Courtemanche and her husband Robert of Greenville, RI; and son, Mark Porta and his wife Elizabeth of Plymouth, MA. She is also survived by eight grandchildren.
Visiting hours are omitted. Burial is private.
Donations can be made to the Falmouth Artists Guild, 137 Gifford Street, Falmouth, MA 02540 www.falmouthart.org.