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Onita R Porter

March 14, 1939 — August 28, 2017

Onita Porter

Onita Rebecca (Newman) Porter was born March 14, 1939, in Lincoln, Nebraska to John Henry and Bessie Jean (Chitty) Newman. She left her earthly home on August 28, 2017, at her home in Wauneta, Nebraska; with her family at her side to join her husband Leo and her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

On November 26, 1955, she married the love of her life, Leo Porter, and to this union they had five daughters and one son. During their early years of marriage, they traveled all over the United States and Asia as a military family. During this time Onita was busy leading girl scouts and boy scouts, being a 4-H leader and running Miss Nita Daycare in her home for many years. Her home was always open to anyone who needed anything day or night. Onita’s kitchen was always open and welcoming; she had many “children” that called her Miss Nita or grandma. She consistently had extras for anyone who showed up for dinner.

Onita enjoyed embroidering, TriChem painting, gardening, camping, fishing and most of all spending time with her kids and grandchildren.

After Leo retired from the military, they farmed for a while north of Palisade until Leo followed the Lord’s calling him into full time ministry. They served in many churches in Colorado, Idaho, Utah and Nebraska. Onita enjoyed spreading the love of God with others.

Onita was preceded in death by her husband Leo; infant son Anthony; parents John Henry Newman and Bessie Papik; sisters Peggy Sharp, Dorothy Schwaninger, Edena Loraine Wilson, and Jerrie Newman; brother Robert Wilson; sister-in-law Leota Brown; brothers-in-law Dick Warvi, Robert Schwaninger, Walter Barzydlo and Kenneth Foster; grandson; Andrew Roe and granddaughter; Amanda Douglas. Father and Mother-In-Law: Wayne and Gladys Porter

Survivors Include:

Daughters: Marvene Roe and husband, James, of Wauneta, NE
Christine Lytle and husband, Terry, of Wauneta, NE
Lisa Wolcott and husband, Kim, of Palisade, NE
Bonita Lawler and husband, Don, of Wauneta, NE
Cynthia Engel and husband, Robert, of Wauneta, NE
19 Grandchildren
25 Great-Grandchildren
Sisters: Evelyn Barzydlo of Lincoln, NE; Patsy Barlette and husband Arnold of Lincoln, NE; Betty Dahl of Kokomo, IN; Charlotte Foster of Lincoln, NE.
Brother: Gene Wilson of Lincoln, NE
Sister-in-law: Sandy Warvi of Cheyenne, WY
Brother-in-law: James Brown of Trenton, NE
Mother-in-law: Betty Porter of Cheyenne, WY
Many nieces, nephews and many more that called her Miss Nita and grandma.

Funeral service will be held Saturday morning, September 2, 2017, 10:30 A.M. (Central Time) at the Hamlet Union Church of Hamlet, Nebraska, with Rev. Josh Clark and Doug Lee officiating. Interment will follow at the Palisade Cemetery, Palisade, NE

Visitation will be held Friday afternoon, September 1, 2017, 2:00 P.M. – 6:00P.M. (Mountain Time) at the funeral home in Wauneta, NE

Memorials have been established to the Cystic Fibrous Foundation and American Heart Assoication.

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Service Schedule

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Friday, September 1, 2017

2:00 - 6:00 pm (Central time)

Liewer Funeral Home - Wauneta

75 East Wichita Street, Wauneta, NE 69045

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Saturday, September 2, 2017

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