Francesmary “Mary” Portz 1922 – 2017

Francesmary “Mary” (Harmer) Portz,  age 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, pro-life advocate,  involved with her husband with  the NebraskaLand Days Board, 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, IL;  grandchildren Joe Brosius of North  Platte, Bell (Tony) Meyer of Stapleton,  Gary Bush of Kearney, Amy (Trevor)  Buhler of Ferndale, WA, Ann (Jerry)  Bloodhart of Shiloh, OH, Jerry Bush of  Lincoln, Tess (Jamie) Simpkins of Loveland,  CO, Shaun (Nora) Gorman of Los  Angeles, CA, John (Tierney) Brosius of  Rock Island, IL, Adam (Kristen ) Gorman  of Chicago, IL, Jay (Carissa) Gorman  of Cornelius, NC, and Kate (fiancé  Avery Zink) Gorman of West Lafayette,  IN; great grandchildren, Kevin Meyer of  AZ, Justin Meyer of Odessa, NE, Sarah  and Andrea Meyer of Stapleton, Keeley  and Zander Buhler of Ferndale, WA,  Kristen and Gage Bloodhart of Ohio,  Emma and Abby Simpkins of Loveland,  CO, Jack and Rowan Brosius of Rock Island,  IL, Declan and Nolan Gorman of  IL, Ara, Aleena and Lori Gorman of CA,  and Elsie and Conner Gorman of NC; 2  great great grandchildren, Benjamin  Meyer of AZ, 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 her sister Norma McCrone Peterson.  Memorials may be made to St. Elizabeth  Ann Seton and online condolences  may be shared at www.adamsswanson.  com. A Scriptural Rosary was held  Monday, March 13, 2017 at St. Elizabeth  Ann Seton Catholic Church.  Mass of Christian Burial was Tuesday,  March 14, 2017 at St. Elizabeth Ann  Seton Catholic Church with the Reverend  Mark Seiker as Celebrant. Burial  followed at Good Hope Cemetery near  the headwater of the Whitehorse Creek  north of North Platte.  Adams and Swanson Funeral Home  which was in charge of arrangements.