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Margaret Ann Batson Porter, 86, of Grand Rapids, Michigan, died on Friday the 21st of March. “Marge” passed after a long and valiant struggle with pancreatic cancer during which she showed her characteristic remarkable optimism and resilience. Marge was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan and attended Nazareth Academy. She was married to Richard Harold Porter who preceded her in death in 1961 after which she parented four children alone. She is survived by her daughters Carol Ann Wilkening, Kathleen Margaret Reichert, a son, Harold Jack Porter, 7 grandchildren, and 8 great grandchildren, all of Grand Rapids, Marge’s gift as a good listener, her sense of humor, and charming naivete will be greatly missed by her friends and family.

Honoring her wishes, cremation will take place. Arrangements are entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids.


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  1. Terri Hanson on March 25, 2014 at 8:43 am

    I was so fortunate to have known Marge Porter. She was so sweet. Her courage to face cancer and her patience in the face of great struggle was an inspiration. I will miss her. My prayers are with the family.

  2. Kathy Everts on March 25, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    Carol, Been thinking of you and your family. Hoping that looking back in memory will bring you comfort.

  3. Thomas Quist on March 25, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    I am so grateful for your Mom. She was truly a blessing when my mother shared a room with her. I will always remember her smile and kindness! You have my sincere love and sympathy.
    With love, Tom Quist

  4. Dawn Cumings on March 27, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    I will miss your moms sweet spirit. Praying for your all in this time of grief.

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