Nikki Cummings Porter, age 81, passed away Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at UTMB Hospital. She was born in Topeka, Kansas on August 15, 1934. She was a kind and loving mother who took so much pride in her children and grandchildren. She was a dedicated parent during her children’s formative years, so that they would be well rounded individuals who were accepting of all people and all ethnicities. She showed strength and love through difficult times, and always tried to support her family the best she could. A devoted and caring nurse for over 40 years, she was committed to helping others during their time of need or sickness. She graduated and received her Nursing degree from Albany Junior College in 1976. She trained for her long nursing career in the Ashbel Smith Building on the UTMB Galveston Campus affectionately known as “Old Red” for its red brick structure. She was retired from UTMB Hospital, previously having nursing careers in Georgia and Kansas.
She was preceded in death by her parents Thomas Charlton Poole and Faye Chrisman Poole, Topeka, KS.
She is survived by her husband Breck Porter; her 3 children, Marc Cummings, Birmingham AL, Mitch Cummings and wife Janie, Lagrange GA, and Cari Rogers and husband David, Topeka KS; her 5 grandchildren, Wesley Cummings, Atlanta GA, Matthew Cummings, Virginia Beach VA, Collin Cummings, Lagrange GA, Chrissy Fair, Topeka KS, and Nikki Harlan, Erie, PA; 2 great-grandchildren, Cara Striplin and Ali Striplin, Erie PA; brother Thomas Poole and wife Kathy, Marshalltown IA; and 3 nieces, Holly Norgrant and husband Ken, Elizabeth Faye Poole and Kristi Poole.
The family would like to extend a special thanks to the nurses, doctors and aides in the UTMB Medical ICU who were so kind, gentle and caring during Nikki’s brief time with them. Nikki was so proud to have been a UTMB nurse and retiring from Corrections Managed Care there.
Per Nikki’s wishes, she will be cremated. A private memorial service with family and close friends will be held at a later date.
She was so special to us, a unique and one of a kind Mother, who will be dearly missed by her children.