Onita Rebecca (Newman) Porter was born March 14, 1939, in Lincoln, Neb., to John Henry and Bessie Jean (Chitty) Newman. She left her earthly home on August 28, 2017, at her home in Wauneta, Neb.; 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, Neb.; Christine Lytle and husband Terry of Wauneta, Neb.; Lisa Wolcott and husband Kim of Palisade, Neb.; Bonita Lawler and husband Don of Wauneta, Neb.; Cynthia Engel and husband Robert of Wauneta, Neb.; 19 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren; sisters Evelyn Barzydlo of Lincoln, Neb.; Patsy Barlette and husband Arnold of Lincoln, Neb.; Betty Dahl of Kokomo, Ind.; Charlotte Foster of Lincoln, Neb.; brother Gene Wilson of Lincoln, Neb.; sister-in-law Sandy Warvi of Cheyenne, Wyo.; brother-in-law James Brown of Trenton, Neb.; mother-in-law Betty Porter of Cheyenne, Wyo. Many nieces, nephews and many more that called her Miss Nita and grandma.
Funeral service were held Saturday morning, Sept. 2 at the Hamlet Union Church of Hamlet with Rev. Josh Clark and Doug Lee officiating. Interment followed at the Palisade Cemetery.
Memorials have been established to the Cystic Fibrous Foundation and American Heart Assoication.
Online condolences maybe left at liewerfuneralhome.com.
Liewer Funeral Home of Wauneta entrusted arrangements.