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Carol A. (Carlson) Porter

August 20, 1940 ~ February 26, 2023 (age 82) 82 Years Old


HAMILTON - Carol A Porter, age 82, of Hamilton, MT passed away peacefully on Sunday, February 26, 2023, at Barbara Jean’s Assisted Living in Goodyear, AZ . She was born on August 20, 1940, in Missoula, MT to the late Howard and Ruth Davis Carlson (France).

On April 25, 2009, she remarried the love of her life, Lawrence “Dean” Porter. Carol took great pride in her role as a mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She found joy in reading, traveling, singing along to songs, and socializing with friends in Montana and their winter home in Arizona. Carol was always happy and willing to share a funny story with anyone. Her infectious laugh and beautiful smile always made her stick out in any crowd. Above all else, she loved to surround herself with her loved ones: both family and friends.

Her family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Banner Del Webb Hospital, Hospice of the Valley, and Barbara Jean’s Assisted Living in Arizona for the wonderful care that they provided.

Survivors include her husband Lawrence Dean Porter; her brothers Robert Carlson (Ann Gimpel) and Larry (Jamie) France; two children Mark (Becky) Porter, and Geri Lynn Anderson; three step children, Tim (Terri) Anderson, Melanie (Bill) Justice and Waylon (Sandra) Porter; three grandchildren, Brittany (Brandon) Riska, Michelle Tafoya, and Chelsie (Anthony) Schnetter; four step-grandchildren, Wyatt Justice, Zach Porter, Alexander Phelps, and Lauren Ramirez; five great grandchildren, Treyton Riska, Bailey Riska, Scarlett Riska, Aria Tafoya and Eli Schnetter. She was preceded in death by her parents Ruth (Linc) France and Howard Carlson; brother Alan (Jan) Carlson; and sister Patricia (Leroy) Kindsvogel. 

Funeral arrangements will be scheduled (and announced) sometime in spring or early summer in Hamilton, MT. In lieu of gifts or flowers, please consider a donation to Hospice of the Valley (Arizona) Condolences may be left for the family at

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