Francesmary “Mary” (Harmer) Portz, 94, of North Platte passed away Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at her ranch home. Mary was born on July 15, 1922 in North Platte to Norman J. “Doc” and Josephine (Hood) Harmer.
She was raised in the Sandhills on the Mesmer Ranch at the head waters of the Whitehorse Creek. She had many roles in her life. She was a co-chairman of the Lincoln County Red Cross, a 4H Leader, and pro-life advocate. She was involved with her husband with the NebraskaLand Days Board and was a board member of Community Christian Concern Day Care and Pre-School
She worked in the office of the Western Livestock Auction Co.
She and her husband were founding members of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church. She was a CCD coordinator and Daughter of Charity.
In her personal life she was an avid reader and loved Facebook. She was famous for her pecan cinnamon rolls, and angel food cake, and was an excellent seamstress. She twice won an award from Cheyenne Frontier Days for her reproduction of historical clothing.
She and her husband Portzie gave this toast on many occasions, “May you always have the best of everything, blue skies, green grass, clear water and Herefords.”
Mary will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
Mary is survived by her daughters, Trudy (Dennis) Brosius of Brownlee, Jan (Gary) Bush of North Platte, and Molly (Kevin) Gorman of Monee, Ill.; grandchildren, Joe Brosius of North Platte, Bell (Tony) Meyer of Stapleton, Gary Bush of Kearney, Amy (Trevor) Buhler of Ferndale, Wash., Ann (Jerry) Bloodhart of Shiloh, Ohio, Jerry Bush of Lincoln, Tess (Jamie) Simpkins of Loveland, Colo., Shaun (Nora) Gorman of Los Angeles, Calif., John (Tierney) Brosius of Rock Island, Ill., Adam (Kristen ) Gorman of Chicago, Ill., Jay (Carissa) Gorman of Cornelius, N.C., and Kate (fiancé Avery Zink) Gorman of West Lafayette, Ind.; great grandchildren, Kevin Meyer of Arizona, Justin Meyer of Odessa, Sarah and Andrea Meyer of Stapleton, Keeley and Zander Buhler of Ferndale, Kristen and Gage Bloodhart of Ohio, Emma and Abby Simpkins of Loveland, Jack and Rowan Brosius of Rock Island, Declan and Nolan Gorman of Illinois, Ara, Aleena, and Lori Gorman of California, and Elsie and Conner Gorman of North Carolina; great great-grandchildren, Benjamin Meyer of Arizona and Clara Douglas of Stapleton.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ed “Portzie” Portz in 2012; an infant son; grandson, Jed Bush; and sister, Norma McCrone Peterson.
Mass of Christian Burial was March 14 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church with Rev. Mark Seiker as Celebrant. Burial followed at Good Hope Cemetery near the headwater of the Whitehorse Creek north of North Platte. Adams & Swanson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be made to St. Elizabeth Ann Seton and online condolences may be shared at adamsswanson.com.