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Elisabeth "Beth" (Sauer) Porter

July 14, 1926 ~ May 26, 2017 (age 90)

Elisabeth Porter (aka, Beth Porter), went home to be with the Lord on May 26th, 2017 at 2pm, in Nampa, Idaho. She spent her life serving Jesus, and that was evident to everyone. We know and find comfort that she is now dancing on the streets of Gold in Heaven.


She was always a happy woman, always looking at the best in things, and made the best of what was available. People that met her would instantly seem to love her. She had a quick wit, even up to her last days. She loved to cook, and especially loved to make pie (specifically Strawberry Rhubarb). She was known within the family as making the best pie crust, and many would ask for one of her pies for their birthday, instead of a cake. We loved her immensely and miss her greatly already.


Elisabeth is survived by her husband, Wayne, of 64 plus years,

Her daughter Ann Ross, (and husband Mark),

Her son Ed Porter, (and wife Darcy).

She is also survived by her grandchildren and great grandchildren,

Kelly Beavers

Kim Gregory (and husband Ben Gregory), children Matthew and Mackenzie,

Keynan Porter (and wife Allisha Porter), children Connor and Sophie,

Kelton Porter (and spouse Sarah Edson)

Additionally, she is also survived by her youngest brother Cecil Sauer, Step-grandsons (Russ Ross, and Zach Ross,) and, by her former son-in-law, Rick Beavers.


Elisabeth Sauer was born on the 14th day of July in the year of 1926 at 1pm in Ault, Colorado. (In the county of Weld) to Conrad G. Sauer and Avis Meyer-Sauer.

Her place of Birth is listed as Section 20, T 11 - R 64

She was the first child born.


Elisabeth had two sisters, and 2 brothers, and, also three other siblings that died at or near birth.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and all of her siblings except her youngest brother, Cecil Sauer.


Elisabeth was raised in Weld County. Her family had 2 sections of Ground. They lived approximately 45 miles from Cheyenne, WY in one direction, and approximately 45 miles from Greely, CO, in the other direction.


Her school was 3 miles away. She would generally ride a horse to and from school. During school, the horses would be stabled at the school.


Elisabeth received a Diploma for graduating Colorado Public School on May 16, 1941 (At that time, graduation was for going through the 8th grade.)

She graduated the 8th grade, and waited until her eldest brother "Bill" graduated. Then, Elisabeth and Bill both went to Denver, CO. to the "Parks School of Business." They both graduated from there with Diploma's.

Elisabeth received her Business Diploma on November 21st, 1947


Her parents purchased a home in Cheyenne. Her Dad Mainly stayed at the farm to watch the cattle. (White face Cows.)

Elisabeth attended the Cooler Tabernacle Church in Cheyenne, WY.

Elisabeth worked for a Grocery Wholesale in the Cheyenne area for 8 years before she met Wayne Porter - Whom she later married.


She met her husband, Wayne Porter, at an Assembly of God Church in Cheyenne, WY (Where Elisabeth played the piano.)


When Elisabeth and Wayne decided to marry, they went to Greely and purchased a marriage license, and were married in the Cooper Tabernacle Church in Cheyenne, WY. (Elisabeth wanted to be married at that church.) The marriage was performed in the upstairs parsonage.


Elisabeth and Wayne, Married on September 25th, 1952

They lived several different places throughout their life together, which included Oregon, Texas, California, Denver, Wyoming, and Idaho.


In California, Elisabeth enrolled in additional Adult Education classes including Drafting, which she really enjoyed, and talked about often over the years.


Elisabeth and Wayne had a cleaning business for much of their lives together.

One of the most memorable businesses they took care of was in the Sacramento area. They were the cleaning contractor of a large church, "Bethel Temple". They contracted with that facility for approx. 4 1/2 years.

During that time, they also had other businesses where they did custodial work.  They would do carpet cleaning from time to time in businesses, and personal residences. Some work was also performed in the State Capitol Building.


In 1971, the family took a long vacation to look at farms and a College in Missouri, and also to visit relatives in Denver and Cheyenne. On the way back, the family went through Idaho.

They really wanted to purchase a farm in Missouri, and have an opportunity for the children to attend the prestigious teaching college that was there.  Their eldest child particularly disliked everything about Missouri, except the college, and maintained a strong stance against living there.


The family finally left without purchasing anything in Missouri, and traveled through Idaho on the way home. Upon stopping for the night in Caldwell, Idaho, they again began their search for a farm, and purchased one in the Sunny Slope area near Caldwell. We went back to California and prepared to move.


In late 1971, the Porter family moved to Idaho.

The Idaho farm was 40 acres in Sunny Slope. It included an orchard of cherry trees, corn fields, and pasture.  We could see the Snake River from our dining room window, and later, (once it was built), the "St Chapelle Winery".


While in Idaho, Beth and Wayne again began doing Janitorial cleaning. Their cleaning contracts were with businesses in Caldwell, Nampa, and Marsing. They did custodial work at the Canyon County Court house, some banks, and other office buildings.


Elisabeth suddenly became very ill (in Approx. 1973), she was hospitalized for two or three weeks. The doctor guessed her chances of coming home were less than 50/50. A few times the doctor guessed her chances at 20% or 30% of being alive the next day.  They were never sure what was causing her near total paralysis, or really even what to do for it. Eventually they released her from the hospital and she was confined to a wheel chair. She was determined to live, and to walk again. It took a long time, but she did walk again. And with time, she walked well, and again was a hard worker. She gave all the credit to God for healing her.


The family moved to town around 1975 (Caldwell, ID),


The Porters purchased income rental apartment buildings in Caldwell.

At one time, they owned the apartments from corner to corner on one block. (2 duplexes, a house, a large 2 story house with apartments, and a converted garage apartment).


In 1977, Elisabeth and Wayne purchased a Pawn shop in Caldwell: Traders Den.  They sold the apartments and grew the new business.

It was originally located next to the Kings department store on Arthur St. in Caldwell, ID. They were renting the building, and had attempted to purchase it without success. They soon found a 3 level building on Main St., (two stories with a basement). It was just a block away, and moved the business there.

They sold the business in 1982.


Later, Elisabeth worked at Woolworths, and then Shopko. She really liked working at both of these stores. She seemed to be greatly appreciated there and liked by everyone.


Elisabeth was a very hard worker and seemed to be genuinely liked by everyone she came into and had interactions with.  She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.


In her last days, she spent much time with family and friends. Elisabeth was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. She was a believer in Jesus Christ, and had a personal relationship with Him. Her favorite Bible verse was John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him, shall not perish but have eternal life”.  If she could pass along one thing in life to others, it would be to love Jesus, and follow Him. She will forever be missed on this Earth. 

 Service Information

Private Services

Wlder Cemetery
No Formal Address
Wilder, ID 83676

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