Laws Porter dedicated life to making her corner better
We received the sad news Tuesday that Marilyn Laws Porter died after a near two-year battle with cancer. There is greater sadness in that because Laws Porter was a cancer fighter long before she was diagnosed with the disease. She was among a cadre of organizers who made the Eudora Relay for Life such an overwhelmingly successful event in the early years of this decade.
That was just one of the ways Laws Porter set the bar for volunteer service. In 2006, the Eudora Chamber of Commerce recognized her as its person of the year for her dedication to community service. She was active in Lawrence Habitat for Humanity and helped get the first Habitat home built in Eudora. For her work with that organization she was honored in 2001 with this state’s John Gingrich Award. She was recognized for 20 years of teaching in the Catholic Church, walked as an American Cancer Society ambassador in the walk of life in Washington, D.C., and received the Community Cornerstone Award from CornerBank in Lawrence.
That can be summed up in a news story. More difficult to convey is the warmth she brought to every meeting, and her sincere interest in what you had to say.
We at The Eudora News were lucky to have a five-year relationship with Laws Porter as a weekly columnist. Those weekly essays reflected her great affection for the people of Eudora, love for her family, enjoyment of nature’s simple pleasures, faith and — perhaps most of all— her dedication to lifelong learning that fueled a passion for reading and books.
Eudora was much enriched by Laws Porter. We can honor her by following her example and remembering the wisdom she shared when presented the chamber’s person of the year award: "We don't have to save the world. We just have to save the corner of our world,” and — we’re sure she would add — by reading a good but difficult book.