Nancy J. Porta of West Falmouth, 79, died June 1 of complications related to dementia.
She was the wife of David W. Porta for 45 years; her husband died in 2005.
Born in Newton, she was the daughter of Clarence and Marjorie (Graves) Smith. She was raised primarily in Oak Bluffs, living with her family in the residence above an apothecary owned by her father. She went to Boston to pursue higher education, graduating with a degree in psychology from the University of Massachusetts.
She met the man who would become her husband in Oak Bluffs.
For most of her life, Ms. Porta lived in West Falmouth; in recent years she divided her time between here and Palm Beach Shores, Florida, where she spent the winter. In both locations, she enjoyed taking walks along the beach and collecting sea glass and shells.
She was an accomplished painter and her work had been on exhibit in Falmouth Artists Guild shows in town. Often her pastels and oils featured beach scenes. She painted when she traveled to the southwestern US and Europe, and also during her visits to Maine, where she maintained a home in Beals prior to and after her husband’s death.
Ms. Porta also had participated in several bowling leagues at Leary Family Amusements over the years, particularly during the 1990s.
She leaves two daughters, Cheryl Cappellini and her husband, James Cappellini, of West Falmouth and Melissa Courtemanche and her husband, Robert Courtemanche, of Greenville, Rhode Island; a son, Mark Porta and his wife, Elizabeth Porta, of Plymouth; and eight grandchildren.
Burial is private.