Chuck Portaro Obituary, Death – On the Sunday of Palm Sunday, Portaro, 81, who resided at 1000 Johnson Road, passed away at Forsyth Medical Center. She was the eldest of five children and was born on August 31, 1921, on the family farm in Davidson County to parents named Charles Daniel Spainhour and Treva Hine Spainhour. Peggy Gray, who was a very special sister to her, passed away in 1985, and Nancy McDowell, who was also very special to her, passed away in 1999.
She received her diploma from Wallburg High School and went on to study at High Point University before relocating to Washington, District of Columbia, where she found employment with the United States War Department and the United States Postal Service. While she was there, she met, fell in love with, and ultimately married Sam Anthony Portaro on December 7, 1946. He is the only surviving member of the home’s original family.
She committed the rest of her life to being a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother while also devoting herself to being a homemaker. She attended Shady Grove United Methodist Church continuously throughout her entire life. She was an active participant in the Ruby Martin United Methodist Women for a number of years in addition to being a part of the Fellowship Sunday school class. She has been a part of the Ledford Homemakers for her entire life.
In addition to her duties as a wife and mother of five children, Frances devoted endless hours to ministering to the transportation and personal requirements of a large number of neighbors and acquaintances. Her boundless reservoir of love as well as her boundless generosity could only be a God-given quality, and her own capacity to love was surpassed only by the love that God himself had. Everyone whose lives she touched will miss her tremendously.