Gothenburg Resident: Margaret Ann Porter, age 80 (1934-2014)

Margaret Ann (Norsworthy) Porter, 80, of Gothenburg, Nebraska, died on September 19th, 2014, at Hilltop Estates in Gothenburg.

She was born on February 28th, 1934, in Gothenburg to Ethel and Oliver Norsworthy. She was a proud 1952 graduate of Gothenburg High School. She also loved music and played the clarinet in high school. She was an active member of the marching band and cheered the Swedes on as a Junior High cheerleader. She participated in WMS at the First Baptist Church, Sunshine Homemakers and the Meals on Wheels program.

Margaret was an avid knitter throughout her life, making many beautiful items, but is more well-known for the winter stocking caps she knitted and donated to The Connection in North Platte, Nebraska. She loved her grandchildren and could be found playing board games with them as often as possible. She made sure to remember many people with cards of encouragement, sympathy, congratulations, etc. throughout the years.

Margaret had a deep and abiding faith in God and was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church in Gothenburg. She had a kind and gentle soul and was an inspiration to many. Her legacy of kindness and cheerfulness will continue to be an inspiration to those who knew and loved her.

Meeting Norman G. Porter was a highlight of her life and they were united in marriage on October 19th, 1952. She was a very loving mother to six children.

Surviving family members include her devoted husband, Norman of Gothenburg; four children, Brenda (Russ) Huff of Grand Island/Gothenburg, Brad (Mary) of Fremont, Nebraska; Beth (Mark) Jones of Midwest City, Oklahoma and Bill of Gothenburg; five grandchildren; Adam (Stephanie) of Olathe, Kansas; Megan Porter of Blair, Nebraska and Amanda, Peter and Stacie Jones of Midwest City, Oklahoma and one brother, Duane (Alice) Norsworthy of Corpus Cristi, Texas.
Margaret was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Emma Jane Rehm; infant sister, Lavonne Jean Norsworthy and two sons, Bruce Eugene Porter and Brian Ray Porter.

Memorial Services were held at First Baptist Church on Wednesday, September 24th, 2014, at 10 a.m. with Pastor Bill Ivey officiating.

Inurnment followed in the Fort McPherson National Cemetery, Maxwell, Nebraska.

Memorials may be given to the First Baptist Church, 1002 Ave C, Gothenburg, NE 69138.

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