Margaret R. Ports

Birth Date: 
Thursday, April 2, 1942
Date of Passing: 
Thursday, March 11, 2021

Margaret R. Ports, 78, of Wooster died on Thursday, March 11, 2021 at her home.

She was born April 2, 1942 in Ashland to Carl and Alice Kerr Reed.  On September 7, 1958, she married William C. “Bill” Ports.  He preceded her in death in 2009.

Margaret had been a homemaker and a member of Zion Lutheran Church where she was very active.  She loved baking and traveling.  She was a beloved “GiGi” to her great-grandchildren.

She is survived by her children Michael (Lori) Ports of Akron, Timothy (Betsy) of Oakland, CA and Laura (Greg) Totten of Wooster; grandchildren Matt (April) Ports, Desmond (Molly) Ports, Claire (Jaimee) Logan, Olivia Ports, Truman Ports, Emily (Nick) Totten and Zach (Chandler) Totten; great-grandchildren Duncan and Griffen Ports and Carter and Theo Logan; siblings Vic Jones of WI, Larry Reed of Wooster and Ron Reed of Shaker Heights and her loving partner Duane Schie of Wooster.

Along with her husband, Margaret was preceded in death by her parents; step-mother Lucille Reed; grandson Adam Ports; siblings Bruce Jones, Sandy Pease and Denny Reed.

Private family services will be held and burial will be in Wooster Cemetery.  There will be no calling hours.

McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home, 216 E. Larwill St., Wooster is assisting the family.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be directed to Ohio’s Hospice LifeCare, 1900 Akron Rd., Wooster, OH 44691 or to Zion Lutheran Church, 301 N. Market St., Wooster, OH 44691 or to the Adam Charles Ports Foundation, 4735 Mallard Pond Dr., Akron, OH 44333.

Online condolences may be left for the family at

Memorial Contributions: 

In lieu of flowers contributions may be directed to Ohio’s Hospice LifeCare, 1900 Akron Rd., Wooster, OH 44691 or to Zion Lutheran Church, 301 N. Market St., Wooster, OH 44691 or to the Adam Charles Ports Foundation, 4735 Mallard Pond Dr., Akron, OH 44333.


There will be no calling hours


Private family services will be held.


I am holding all surviving family members close to my heart. God bless you all.

Laura and Family.. We were very sadden to hear of Margaret's passing.. She was always a smiling bright light and I'm sure she is still carrying that smile. God bless your Family, our prayers are with you all.

Saddened to hear of your loss. Your family is in my prayers and thoughts.

Our family is so sorry for the loss of your family’s mother & grandmother. I know she was such a huge part of your lives. May she Rest In Peace and we are praying for all of you during this difficult time. Cherish all the wonderful memories with her & lessons you learned from her and she will always remain with you in your heart. Love you Emily!

Our sincerest condolences on your loss. She always had a wave & a bright, warm smiles when you would see her. Praying for you all during this difficult time,. Please know we are here. Prayers!

We are so sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with your family.

Fond memories of this beautiful lady. Prayers and condolences to all.

Please accept my sincere condolences, I did get to visit with Margaret last summer at the 90th birthday of her neighbor John Lilburn. I always enjoyed seeing her. Loved her smile and her optimism! She will be missed by many.

Margaret was a good friend, and I enjoyed working with her at the church. She was always so pleasant and thoughtful.

Dear family, my deepest sympathy at the loss of Margaret. She lived on Memory Lane when we moved here in 1991. She a good woman.

Our deepest sympathy in your loss. I always enjoyed seeing her with that everlasting smile on her face. She was a good friend.

Dear Laura, Tim and Mike,
My thoughts and condolences— it is sad to hear of your mom’s passing. She always made a place in her heart for us—always, and thoughts of her kindness and that great laugh will always have a special place in mine.

I was so sorry to hear about Margaret's passing I have not seen her for years, always wondered where she was and here she was in Wooster! To her family, you have my deepest sympathy, just try to remember all the good memories!

Sending deepest sympathy... I only know from Emily’s account what an amazing and undeniably strong woman now rests. Wishing you all peace and incredible memories.

Much love,

Emily, Nick, Cooper, Liam, and Noah

Our condolence to the family, especial Laura!! Mom was one very special Lady along with your Dad. Our prays to the whole family. take care and hope to see you in the future.

Our condolences to the entire family. You are in our thoughts and prayers

One of my closest childhood friends. Many sleepovers, walks to and from school and wonderful visits to our homes. I couldn't believe what a wonderful mother and wife she was, and how she managed to handle their beautiful Great Danes. She brings instant smiles and laughter as I recall all the shenanigans we shared. My heart goes out to her family and friends with love.

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