Portia J. Dyson

In Memorial

Portia J Dyson, age 92, was born July 21, 1927. She departed this earthly life on June 7, 2020.

Portia raised four children single-handedly, due to her husband’s passing. She dedicated her life to helping anyone in need. She was the first African American to graduate from Mercy Hospital School of Nursing in Portsmouth, OH, her hometown.

Portia worked as a Registered Nurse at OSU Hospital for 13 years. She worked in various nursing homes throughout Columbus, OH. She retired from Resthaven Nursing Home after over 20 years as the Director of Nursing.

Portia was known and loved by many as “Na Naw”, a grandmother to all.

Portia is preceded in death by loving husband, Charles Dyson; parents, Thomas and Alice Archie; sister, Carnita Judge; and brother, Rudy Archie.

Portia leaves to cherish her memory, children, Florence “Cookie” (Eric) Bayless, Charlene “Lisa”, Charles II “Chuckie” (Annette), and Robyn Woodson; sisters, Mary and Nazarie Archie; grandchildren, Michelle, Mike (Damiyr), Tiffany “Nikki” (Walter), Michelle “Baby Chelle” Butler, Janelle Woodson, Danyale Woodson; 14 great grandchildren, 12 great-great grandchildren, and a host of other relatives and friends.

Private Visitation 10:00 AM and Funeral Service 11:00 AM Friday, June 19, 2020 at MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE NORTH 2500 Cleveland Ave. Masks are mandatory.

Interment at Union Cemetery Association.

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Condolence Messages

  1. Rhonda & Stephen Lee

    To Charles, Lisa, Cookie & Robyn Dyson, I am so happy that God allowed me & my husband to meet your mom who was a sweetheart in our eyes, please accept our condolences & prayers at this difficult time in your lives. Just keep holding on to God’s Word & you will see her again on the other side.
    Love you, Rhonda & Stephen Lee

  2. Linda M. Smoaks

    My Condolences and Prayers to Charles and his family for the loss of their mother. May God comfort you during this time of bereavement.
    Linda M. Smoaks & Family

  3. Remembering the family in heartfelt prayer.
    May your memories console you and may God sustain you with his precious promise to someday soon reunite us with our love ones. Truly sorry for your loss.

  4. I remember working with your Mom It was a privilege and pleasure My prayers go to the family Al

  5. Mary, Nazarie, and family, keeping you in prayer
    Love and sympathies. Charlene Williams Smith

  6. I was so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. She was always so kind and caring when we were growing up. I know she will be missed. May her love and your memories carry you throughout and may God bless you all.
    Claudia “DIANNE” Williams

  7. I am sending love and prayers to you, family, in this time of grief. I am thinking of you and I love you.

  8. Cookie, Lisa, Chucky, & Robyn,
    So so sorry for your loss of your Mom, “Aunt Portia”
    Aunt Portia will be truly missed. Such a kind gentle soul. Trust in the Lord in knowing she got her wings. Fly high our angel!! May he provide you strength during this time. I love you all

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