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Merle Honey Porter
Date of Funeral:
Thursday, October 10, 2019
Time of Funeral:
11 am
Funeral Location:
11763 Greenspring Avenue
Lutherville, MD 21093
Shiva Details:
Thursday, following interment with an evening service at 6:30pm, and receiving Friday from 12pm to 4pm.
Contributions in her memory may be made to:

Baltimore Hebrew Congregation
7401 Park Heights Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21208
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The Family of Merle Honey Porter
Mar 29, 2020 8:14 AM

We welcome you to share your memories with us and with those who visit here.

Mitchell Heyman
Oct 7, 2019 01:57 PM

This is so sad. Loved Merle. Such an awesome spirit. May she rest in peace

Rick and Sonia Samuel
Oct 7, 2019 02:03 PM

May Merle's memory be for a blessing. Sending love.

Patti Jeffery Hobbs❤️
Oct 7, 2019 02:32 PM

Sending my condolences. I’m so sorry for your loss.

JoAnn Sisco
Oct 7, 2019 02:37 PM

Words are not adequate, we will miss her so much. She was a wonderful person.

STAN & Lynn Rosenstein
Oct 7, 2019 02:45 PM

Stan and I are so sorry about our cousin Merle Honey. There are so many happy and warm memories that we remember growing up in the Yuspa family. We were all so very close. My parents always had New Year Eve parties and everyone in the Yuspa family would show up. Sometimes, even at 1:30 in the morning. No one was sent away. Merle will forever be missed.

Love to the family and our deepest condolences

Connie and Hannah Berman
Oct 7, 2019 03:43 PM

Hannah and I are so sorry for your loss. May your memories bring you and your family comfort in the days to come. Sending love~

Laura Barnes Bleakley
Oct 7, 2019 03:56 PM

I'm so sorry to hear of Merle's passing, I will remember her very fondly. Hayley, my thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.

Iris Gordon
Oct 7, 2019 04:10 PM

I saw Merle at a reunion of a group of old friends a few years ago, and it was great to connect with her again. It was shocking to hear today of her passing. Regards to all who knew Merle.

Liz and Mike Mikutowski
Oct 7, 2019 04:19 PM

We are so sorry to hear of your loss and frankly, the loss to all who knew Merle. She was an important voice of support for us as artists when she worked for Wendy Rosen. We hope your fondest memories will keep your spirits warm during this sad time.

Alex and Lindsay Rothstein
Oct 7, 2019 04:43 PM

So unbelievably sorry. Hayley and Dan, we are thinking of you and your family. Merle's kindness and ability to see the absolute best in everyone were what I will always remember. As well as the sheer hilarity that ensued around the office on a daily basis. Some of the best laughter of my life...

Michael Trimpol & Monique LaJeunesse
Oct 7, 2019 04:54 PM

We are so very sorry to learn of Merle's passing. Please accept our most sincere condolences.

Michael Trimpol & Monique LaJeunesse
Oct 7, 2019 04:54 PM

We are so very sorry to learn of Merle's passing. Please accept our most sincere condolences.

Renee, Adam & Kayla Keats
Oct 7, 2019 04:59 PM

Hayley and Dan-- We were deeply saddened by the news of the loss of your beloved Mother, Merle. Her kindness, sincerity and awesome humor were without comparison. The world is a little less sunny without her smile and laughter. I loved her fantastic and hilarious stories of trips to St. Martin's with Wendy and my mother, Barbara. May her memory be a blessing and her spirit always be with you and your family.

Stacy Simbrom
Oct 7, 2019 05:25 PM

Merle was a force of nature.
She was an amazing woman and mentor to so many of our community.
I will remember her with love and the deepest admiration.
My prayers are with all that she touched.

Norma Cohen
Oct 7, 2019 05:33 PM

I was so saddened to hear that Merle had passed. May your happy memories and the joy she provided sustain you in this time of grief.

Cynthia Daiboch, Glass Artist
Oct 7, 2019 05:33 PM

I knew MERLE through the Rosen Shows.. she always had a huge hug and smile for me when I flew in from Alaska -
She was a bright light in a stressful weekend..
I know she will be missed
I love you MERLE..

Mark and Brenda Rosenbaum- Rosetree Glass
Oct 7, 2019 05:40 PM

Dear Hayley and Merle's family,
We are so sorry to hear of Merle's passing. Please accept our condolences and know that we loved her and remember her fondly. I always enjoyed our phone conversations. We always caught up with her at the BMAC shows and she always had a smile and joy on her face. She will be missed.

Jane Tivol
Oct 7, 2019 05:41 PM

I’m sending condolences from California. I was an artist client of Merle’s. We developed a personal relationship, over the years. She was funny as hell and always had a smile and energy. Her laugh was hysterical. She was smart and genuine. I enjoyed working with her and going to dinners. I just enjoyed chatting with her. She will be missed by so many, including me. I’m lucky to have had her in my life.

Pat Worrell
Oct 7, 2019 05:41 PM

Sincere condolences to you, Hayley, and your family. Know that Merle was cherished by so many of us. And her laugh, I can hear it now! She was not only kind but one of a kind. We will keep her in our heart always.

Paul counts
Oct 7, 2019 05:47 PM

Sorry for your loss,another angel in heaven!❤️🔥🙏🏼

Alisha Vincent - from her Rosenette family
Oct 7, 2019 05:59 PM

I think the greatest reflection of a mother is often in the way they talk about their children or grandchildren. Hayley, your mom was always so proud of you and when I became a mom she was a good, early source of support. She was also a strong shoulder when I needed it early in my career. More than twice my age, she never made me feel foolish for sitting down and trying to sort things out. She would listen intently. She would chew on the corner of her glasses and flip back her hair. And then she would tell me exactly what she thought... as a peer. Merle was kind, honest, loyal, and had a fantastic laugh. It goes without saying that she will be missed, but my goodness look at the love she spread around! <3

Carol Green
Oct 7, 2019 06:02 PM

I am so sorry to hear of Merle's passing.My deepest condolences to her family.

Karen Levin
Oct 7, 2019 06:48 PM

My condolences to Merle's family from a former co-worker at the Rosen Group.

Linda McCormick Clemmer
Oct 7, 2019 09:21 PM

So sad to hear -- I saw her a few years ago and she was still the cheerful person I remember from the Rosen Group. My condolences to Merle's family.

Karen Ehart
Oct 7, 2019 09:24 PM

Hayley, I am so sorry! You were always part of any conversation she had. she was so proud of you. I enjoyed her so much! I always considered her my show auntie and always looked forward to seeing her and hearing her funny, reassuring comments. I'll never forget her phone messages, they were always unique, I remember one where she said she was in the backroom making out with Brad Pitt but she would return my call......what a difference she made for so many of heart goes out to you. ❤

Baltimore Hebrew Congregation
Oct 7, 2019 09:26 PM

Baltimore Hebrew Congregation clergy, lay leaders and members offer their condolences to the family of Merle Honey Porter.  We hope that you are comforted by warm memories and support of family, friends and community.  
May her memory be forever a blessing.

Dee Janssen
Oct 7, 2019 10:01 PM

I got to know Merle when I was doing the BMAC shows and advertising in the Niche magazine, I always enjoyed talking with her. Haley, my deepest condolences to you and all the family, I remember meeting you 1 year when your mom brought you to my booth.

Leah Shelhorn
Oct 7, 2019 10:09 PM

I am so sorry for your loss. Merle was always there for all of us. Whatever we needed, I WL always remember her kindness, laugh and energy, sending ☮️♥️ to the family

Suz Mole
Oct 7, 2019 11:03 PM

My fondest memories are of Merle at Buyers Market in Phillie years ago. We had such fun times together and she was always, always so very helpful and upbeat!! Merle, I miss you and thank you for blessing my life in many ways during my early years of wholesale marketing.

Leslie and Phil DeMario
Oct 8, 2019 09:27 AM

With heartfelt sympathy for the loss of your Mother. For as long as there is a memory, she will live in your heart.

Sheldon caplan
Oct 8, 2019 10:55 AM

Warren, so very sorry for the passing of your sister.

Estelle Asch
Oct 8, 2019 10:56 AM

Merle was always fun. May she Rest In Peace.

Hope Daniels
Oct 8, 2019 11:59 AM

There are some people in this world who are irreplaceable, Hayley, and your Mom was one of them. She was a mother, a friend, a colleague, and an unerring optimist who never stopped smiling. I am heartbroken for you and your loss. She loved you nonstop, throughout her entire life, and I pray that what you had in terms of closeness will see you through your grief at her sudden loss. May Merle rest in peace. I will miss her terribly.

Oct 8, 2019 02:00 PM


Carolyn Cooperman
Oct 8, 2019 05:17 PM

So sorry for your loss Haley and family. I remember you from my daughter Katie. Merle had such a warm smile and good sense of humor, my kind of gal. When I would run into her she would talk about how proud she was of you.

Sara Creekmore & David Durham
Oct 8, 2019 06:54 PM

We're saddened to learn of Merle's passing. She was always a bright spot for us at BMAC. Condolences to everyone she's left behind.

Walter and Andre
Oct 9, 2019 07:02 AM

Our deepest sympathy on the passing of Merle. She was a beautiful lady. We always looked for her first to say hello and get a hug when we arrived at the show. She was very special. Sending love to Hayley and her family

Sue Wohl
Oct 9, 2019 07:42 AM

From Sue Wohl——my very dear friend for 70 years—came across some photos of us as kids—will cherish all those memories and moments always

Deborah Markow
Oct 9, 2019 08:18 AM

I remember Merle from school days many moons ago and more recently from the Wendy Rosen shows. She was always so helpful and upbeat. So very sorry for your loss, she was taken from us too soon.

Randy Strong - glass artist
Oct 9, 2019 12:58 PM

Merle the Pearl - as I would refer to her. I would call sometimes just to talk to her at the Rosen Group - although at the show’s it was Refered to as the Merle’s Group.
So helpful seemed as though she was always a uplifting spirit for us scared and worried Artist. Thanks for your love and support - always there - as mine will be for you always.

Karen Postorino
Oct 9, 2019 05:38 PM

As unique as you were, it’s hard to find the right words. I will miss your humor, your insights on people and the world, your friendship. My heart goes out to Haley and your family whom you loved and who loved you so much. I will miss you and remember you always.

Florence & Pete Aaron
Oct 10, 2019 08:17 AM

Warren we are so sorry to learn of the loss of your sister. May she Rest In Peace.

Barbara Jacobson
Oct 17, 2019 01:09 PM

So sorry to hear of Merle’s passing. May the wonderful memories of her carry u through this difficult time. What an amazing woman she was !!. May she Rest In Peace

Ron Barbagallo
Oct 21, 2019 04:47 PM

My heart goes out to Merle's family. She will be missed by all that knew her.


Merle Honey Porter

Merle Honey Porter (nee Yuspa), of Lutherville, MD, passed away on October 6, 2019. She is survived by her daughter, Dr. Hayley Porter (Daniel Mayer), brother, Warren Yuspa, grandchild, Avery Mayer, and many loving nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was predeceased by a brother, Stuart Yuspa, and her parents, Anne and Harry Yuspa.

Services at SOL LEVINSON & BROS., INC., 8900 Reisterstown Road, at Mount Wilson Lane on Thursday, October 10, at 11 am. Interment Baltimore Hebrew Cemetery - Berrymans Lane.

Please omit flowers. Contributions in her memory may be sent to Baltimore Hebrew Congregation, 7401 Park Heights Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21208.

In mourning at 11763 Greenspring Avenue, Lutherville, MD 21093, Thursday, following interment with an evening service at 6:30pm, and receiving Friday from 12pm to 4pm.

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