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Rosemary Porter Doud
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Obituary for Rosemary Porter Doud

With heavy hearts, the Doud and Porter Families announce the passing of Rosemary Porter Doud (“Rosie”) at Marian Hospital on September 1, 2017 at the age of 75. Rosemary was born on December 21, 1941 to William A. Porter (“Bunny”) and Josephine A. Porter, and was raised on the Porter Ranch just outside of the Santa Maria Valley. Rosemary was very proud of both sides of her family history, her father’s historic Santa Maria Valley side (Sparks, Porter, Adam) and mother’s family (Ponchetta) from Monte Carasso, Switzerland. On her father’s side, she was extremely proud to talk about how her great grandfather (Isaac J. Sparks) obtained the “Rancho Huasna” (Porter Ranch) which was a Mexican land grant from the Mexican Governor Manual Micheltorena in 1843 (before California was even a State). The Porter Ranch is where Rosemary loved to spend time with her family and friends hosting many events and holidays.
Rosemary met the love of her life, Joseph E. Doud II from Oxnard, CA in 1967. She loved to tell their love story of how they “met and married in 6 months”. Joe and Rosemary were married in a beautiful Catholic mass on September 23, 1967 at Saint Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in Santa Maria, CA. Rosemary was so proud to become a part of the notable and well respected Doud (Leahy and McGrath) family from Ventura County. Joseph Eugene Doud II is a descendent of Dominick McGrath, one of the first settlers of the Santa Clara Valley in Ventura County. The McGrath family of Oxnard have been prominent ranchers and landowners since 1876. The marriage of Joe and Rosemary joined two California pioneer ranching families. Joe and Rosemary were blessed with two wonderful sons, Joseph E. Doud III and Derrick P. Doud, and raised their family in the Santa Maria Valley. Joe and Rosemary would have celebrated 50 fun filled years of marriage this month.
Rosemary attended St. Mary’s of the Assumption Catholic Grammar School, Santa Maria High School, and then went to dental assistance school in San Francisco. Coming back to Santa Maria, she then began her career at Bank of America, where she was everyone’s favorite teller for 20 years. Rosemary was an active member of the Santa Maria Country Club, where she loved to golf and socialize often with friends and family. She loved to support philanthropies in the Santa Maria Valley and especially loved participating in the annual golf tournaments for the YMCA, Santa Maria Police, Minetti Mini Rodeo, and many more. She was thrilled to be a Minerva Club Member. Rosemary was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. The most important things in Rosemary’s life were her family, friends, and her Catholic faith. She loved entertaining, being around people and if you were lucky to be invited to one of Joe and Rosie’s beautiful dinner parties, barbeques, community fundraisers, or just invited to drop by for a “little cocktail my babe”, it was always an epic, fun filled , and very memorable time at the Doud house! Rosemary had the gift of gab - she loved to meet and talk to new people anytime and anywhere. Rosemary loved to travel, even if was just a weekend trip to Carmel or a longer trip to Europe or Jamaica. She also loved to spend her spare time in Avila Beach. Rosemary definitely lived life to the fullest!
Rosie had a wonderful loving, kind, generous, and feisty spirit. Anyone who she came into contact with never forgot their meeting. She was one of a kind and had a way of making anyone she met feel very special, important, and loved.
Rosemary is survived by her husband of 50 years, Joseph E. Doud II of Santa Maria, CA; her sons, Joseph E. Doud III and his wife Lisa Doud of Santa Maria, CA; Derrick P. Doud and his wife Carolyn Doud of Arroyo Grande, CA; her five grandchildren, which she loved with all her heart and was so very proud of; Kendall Doud, Joseph E. Doud IV, Shea Doud, Devan Doud, and Chase Doud; her sister and brother-in-law Anastacia and Howard (“Tony”) Paulsey of Santa Maria, CA; her brother and sister-in-law Ike and Linda Porter of Santa Maria, CA; her brother Charles (“Charlie”) Porter of Santa Maria, CA; her sister-in-law Dolores Borchard of Carpinteria, CA; her sister-in-law and brother-in-law Patricia (“Patty”) and Nick Weber of Montecito, CA; her sister-in-law and brother-in-law Letitia (“Tisha”) and Jerry Ferrari, of San Mateo CA; as well as many loved Porter and Doud nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews.
Rosemary is preceded in death by her parents William A. Porter (“Bunny”) and Josephine A. Porter of Santa Maria, CA; her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Joseph E. Doud I (“Gene”) and Mary Leahy Doud of Oxnard, CA; her sister-in-law Jerilyn (“Jeri”) Porter of Santa Maria, CA; her brother-in law Kieran (“Kerry”) Doud of Oxnard, CA; her brother-in-law John Borchad; and nephews, Joseph Borchard and Johnny Borchard.
Rosemary will be deeply missed by her family, friends, and all who knew her. We will not say “good bye” to Rosie, but we will just say … see you later “My Babe”!
A Catholic funeral Mass will be held at St. Louis de Montfort on Friday, September 8, 2017 at 10:00 and a celebration of life will follow at 12:00 at the Santa Maria Country Club. Grave site burial will be private.
Our deepest gratitude to the Santa Maria Fire Department, emergency response team, and Marian Medical Staff for their quick response, compassion, and professionalism. In lieu of flowers please make a donation in her name to Marian Medical Foundation.

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