An accomplished Special Ed Teacher, cherished Grandmother, tireless Mother of 3, and beloved Wife
Sherry Jo Domnick Porter, 74, a resident of Springfield Virginia went to be with the Lord on February 9, 2018, as a result of complications from Alzheimer's disease. Sherry was preceded in death by her Father, Howard J. Domnick and her mother Mary Martha Domnick of Enid Oklahoma. Survivors include her husband of 51 years, Richard Porter of Springfield Virginia, her daughter Amy Michelle Porter of Arlington Virginia, her son Todd Richard Porter (Raye Porter) of Lakewood Colorado, and her son Jeffrey Howard Porter (Kari Porter) of Castle Rock Colorado. The Lord blessed Sherry with eight grandchildren, Jakob Howard Porter, Abigail Emma Porter, Anna Katherine Porter, and Lucy Josephine Porter all of Castle Rock Colorado; Sara Jo Porter of Arlington Virginia; and Tessa Jo Porter, Leyton Richard Porter, and Grant William Porter of Lakewood Colorado. Sherry is also survived by a sister, Vicki Domnick Meis of Englewood Colorado and by brother Reverend Kim Allen Domnick of Enid Oklahoma. Sherry is also survived by nieces, nephews and cousins spread across the country, all of whom she loved very much.
Sherry was born in Hartner Kansas on June 11,1943. Her parents moved to Waukomis Oklahoma shortly after her birth, and she grew up in Waukomis where her parents taught school and ran a drug store. Sherry was active in 4H during high school and won their national speech contest in high school. She graduated from high school in 1960 with honors. She then attended Oklahoma State University (OSU), where she was selected Arts and Sciences Queen, and was elected to Mortar Board for outstanding academic scholarship. She received her degree in speech therapy in 1965 and moved to Denver where she practiced speech therapy in the Jefferson County schools. Also in 1965 she met Lieutenant Richard Porter, whom she married on July 30, 1966 in Enid Oklahoma. In 1967 she returned to OSU and earned a Master’s Degree in Counseling, while her husband served in the Vietnam war. In 1968, she followed her husband to Wethersfield England, where she served as the school counselor in the Department of Defense schools at Wethersfield Air Base. Daughter Amy was born in London England in 1970 and Sherry left teaching at that time to become a full time mother. Sons Todd and Jeffrey were born in 1973 at the Air Force Academy. In 1980 the family moved to Springfield Virginia, and Sherry began substitute teaching. When all her children reached high school, she returned to her speech therapy profession. She practiced speech therapy in the Fairfax County Schools for 12 years, retiring in 2001 from the profession she loved very much. Until the onset of Alzheimers in 2014, Sherry devoted herself to serving the Lord and enjoying her children and grandchildren. These were the happiest and the very best years of her life. In 2015, Alzheimers disease took control of her life and in 2016 she suffered a severe stroke, which involuntarily imprisoned her for the remaining years of her life. On February 2, 2018, Sherry suffered another stroke and after a week long struggle, died peacefully at the Halquist Hospice Center in Arlington Virginia. As family, her loss is diminished by knowing that she is with Jesus and that very special and trademark smile has returned to her face.