In Memory of

Wilma Bell Porter

August 8, 1930 - June 11, 2019
From: Cherokee, IA

Wilma Bell Porter, the daughter of Leonard and Ardella (Chase) Cochran was born August 8, 1930 in Quimby, IA where she won a beauty contest.

She attended the Quimby School. At age 14 she worked the Quimby switch board after school. Her family moved to Cherokee in the middle of her sophomore year. There she worked at the Soda Grill and later J.C. Penny and Woolworth Dime Store.

She was married to Robert Zembsch in 1948. Following their split she moved to California and transferred to Penny’s there. She met and married Bill Gordon. Wilma and Bill fostered several children and adopted her son Robert Gordon. Her husband passed away at age 42.

Wilma was united in marriage to Bob Porter on October 20, 1971, in Elk Point, SD. They made their home on a farm outside of Cherokee. They later moved to town. Wilma enjoyed many things. She enjoyed animals of all kinds especially dogs and cats. She was very involved in a lot of things. She served as president and district president of the VFW. She worked at the Cherokee County Fair and on the committee for Cherokee’s 150th birthday celebration. She was also an active member of First Baptist Church and served on many positions during her years there. Most of all, Wilma loved to spend time with family and friends and was lucky to have extended family in Texas  and Tennessee, and her loving niece and her nephews and their children.

On Tuesday, June 11, 2019, Wilma passed away at Cherokee Specialty Care at the age of 88. She was preceded in death by her parents; and one husband, Bill Gordon.

She is survived by her husband, Bob Porter of Cherokee, IA; one son, Robert Gordon; a grandson, Robert; great grandchildren; Lorena and Jason; one sister, Darlene; one niece, Teresa Holloway and three nephews; and her two best friends, Pauline (Lavern) Leeds and Grace (Dennis) Castle.


Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 18, 2019, at the Greenwood-Schubert Funeral Home in Cherokee.
Pastor Jeff Harris
Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
Oak Hill Cemetery
Cherokee, Iowa


Monday, June 17, 2019 at 4:10 PM
“Wilma and I go back many years. She was always so kind. Thought the world of both her and Ardella. I know she will be welcomed into heaven. ”
- Florence (Flo) Fiedler Jensen
Monday, June 17, 2019 at 11:52 AM
“Wilma Cochran Porter was My Aunt. She was the daughter of Leonard and Ardella Chase Cochran of Quimby. They moved to Cherokee where she graduated from high school. She had one sister, Ardella Cochran Neumann. She had a son, Robert Gordon. She had grandchildren, one niece (Teresa Holloway) and three nephews (Danny, David and Paul Neumann). She was currently married to Robert Porter. After retiring at MHI she volunteered with the VFW and the Chamber. She loved her pets and playing bingo. She also loved to travel. I will miss you but you are with Jesus and well. I know I will see you again when I am with you in heaven. I have many memories we had together.”
- Teresa Holloway
Monday, June 17, 2019 at 11:52 AM
“Aunt Wilma was one of the strongest women I know. I loved listening to her stories about her life, she had done so much! One of her favorite sayings to us kids was "cool your jets", I will never forget that. She will be greatly missed by those who loved her and knew her. Aunt Wilma, I know you are with the Lord and many others who love you, be at peace and I'm glad you are in a better place. Love you! ”
- Lori Ann Parker
Monday, June 17, 2019 at 11:52 AM
“Aunt Wilma, you will be missed by all that knew you. You touched the hearts of so many working with troubled youth and your volunteer work with veterans. You were the one that would always go with us when we wanted to go do something crazy. ”
- David Neumann
Friday, June 14, 2019 at 8:38 AM
“I am so sorry to hear of Wilma's passing---she was a very fine lady! Devoted to her family, wonderful friend to many, dog lover, and dedicated to the Veteran's of America and their service groups. I know she will be missed by all who knew her! ”
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