By NR Staff • 

Margaret Groening dies at 94

News-Register file photo
Marge was chosen queen of Linfield s annual May Day celebration in 1941.
News-Register file photo
Marge was chosen queen of Linfield's annual May Day celebration in 1941.

When the younger Groening created “The Simpsons,” he modeled Marge Simpson around his mother and Homer Simpson around his father.

Margaret and Homer met their freshman year at Linfield, where they majored in English. She said she married him because he made her laugh.

One of the highlights of her college days was being named May Day queen in 1941. She presided over three days May Day festivities, including a coronation, parade and tea, as Queen Margaret III.

The cartoonist also modeled other characters around members of the family, including Lisa, Matt and Maggie. Chief Wiggum incorporates his mother’s maiden name. But “Bart” is simply a scrambled version of “Brat.”

In a story published in the Linfield Review in 2008, Margaret Groening said, “Well, we’re not alter egos. It’s just the family names.”

She went on to say, “We enjoy Matt’s fame very much. We’re very proud of him.

“As for the show, it just took off. Matt took off with it.”

She was preceded in death by her husband, Homer, in 1996, and a daughter, Patty, in January. Survivors include children Mark, Matt, Lisa and Maggie, along with eight grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and a brother, Arnold.

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