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Carol A. Porter, 55

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Carol A. Porter, of Riverhead, died April 16, 2013 at Peconic Bay Medical Center. She was 55 years old.

A lifetime Riverhead resident, she was born in Southampton on July 31, 1957 and worked as a cook at Hampton Bays Elementary School.

Porter enjoyed NASCAR, rollercoasters and traveling, according to husband, Kenneth Porter.

“She didn’t care how big or fast the roller coaster, she would always go on them,” he said of his wife, who he married on Feb. 19, 1976. “Wherever she could find a roller coaster, she went.”

Porter also enjoyed going upstate twice a year to visit areas like Lake Placid and Lake George, and also took out-of-state trips to North Carolina, he said.

“She was loved by many children,” he said, “She worked for 15 years in the Hampton Bays Elementary School and all the children knew her.”

Predeceased by her father, John, she is survived by mother, Beverly, of Riverhead; husband, Kenneth of Riverhead; sons Kenneth Jr. and Michael of Riverhead; siblings Cathy Porter of Riverhead, Winnie Kess of Aquebogue, Beverly Kuhmen of Arizona, John Jr. and Billy of Riverhead, Evelyn Conklin of Mattituck; and granddaughter, Kayla.

The family will receive visitors on Thursday, April 18 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at McLaughlin Heppner Funeral Home, 336 Marcy Avenue, Riverhead.

A funeral service will be held Friday, April 19, at 9 a.m. at St. John’s Church, with private cremation to follow.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the North Fork Breast Health Coalition.