A fruitful life: Friends celebrate 100 years for Ellen ‘Biddy’ Porter

A friend of the family, Doug Fields, reads a proclamation from the city of Fayetteville, and one from President and Mrs. Barack Obama, extending congratulations on the 100th birthday of Ellen “Biddy” Porter. Story on Page A3. Photo/Carolyn Cary.

Born just a mile west of the old courthouse in Fayetteville a hundred years ago, Ellen Swanson Lester “Biddy” Porter has outlived two husbands, William Lester and Ken Porter, and a son, Daniel. A son, Benjamin, is still living.

Schooling was at the Masonic Lodge on Church Street, next to the Edgefield Baptist Church, where she has been a longtime member.

She was raised by her maternal grandmother, Georgia Swanson, and was the great-great-granddaughter of slaves brought from Ethiopia.

She worked for the Redwine family for 40 years, and then retired from the Fulton County school system, working in the school kitchens.

Over a hundred friends and neighbors came to extend their congratulations.

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Congratulations to Miss Porter on her 100th Birthday!

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