Portia Lea Solomon was born on Easter Sunday April 20, 1930 to Lemule Larnson Martin Jr. and Mildred Jean “Green” Martin in Spanishburg West Virginia. She was the oldest of seven children, five brothers and one sister, and spent most of her childhood looking after her younger siblings while helping with the family store. Portia truly enjoyed spending time with her brothers and sister, attending family reunions, listening to music and attending beach parties, eventually moving to Florida in 1954. She married WWII Veteran Ted R. Sigmon and gave birth to four children during her 18 years of marriage: Roger Lea, Scarlett Amber, Sharon Lynn and Mark Morris.
Portia decided to move to Los Angeles, CA where she married the love of her life Moses Solomon on April 26, 1966. She held a position at Bank of America as a litigation specialist, while her husband worked in the aerospace industry. On June 12, 1967, she gave birth to a baby girl, Andrea Starr Solomon. Although life was not easy for them due to racial discrimination, they continued to be blessed with good health, beautiful family and a lovely home located in LaFayette Square in 1971.
Portia Lea Solomon, lived her remaining life and marriage of 50 years in the 10th District of the City of Los Angeles, survived by her husband Moses Solomon, daughters Scarlett Amber, Sharon Lynn Walker and Andrea Starr Solomon. She was a grandmother to Crystal Lea and Alexandria Risby, a great grandmother to Malorie Amber and Sivan Moshe, and a great great grandmother to new born, Sage Kennedy.
Established in August of 2008 by writer, artist Dianne V. Lawrence, The Neighborhood News covers the events, people, history, politics and historic architecture of communities throughout the Mid-City and West Adams area in Los Angeles Council District 10.