Sad news this evening, as one of the main inspirations of The Simpsons has passed away.
Margaret “Marge” Groening passed away last month in Portland, Oregon at 94 years old. She was the mother of The Simpsons creator Matt Groening.
Marge was preceded in death by her husband, cartoonist Homer Groening, who passed away back in 1996.
Matt Groening's parents, as well as his sisters Lisa and Maggie, served as inspiration for the beloved Fox Network cartoon family.
Marge's parents originally met when they were travelling to America separately from Norway. After they fell in love, they moved to Everett, Washington, where Marge grew up. She remained a lifelong resident of the Pacific Northwest.
In her obituary, it states that Marge married classmate Homer “because he made her laugh the most.”
In addition to birthing three children, Marge was proud of attending Lindfield College, where she was named May Queen, and teaching English at the high school level.
Marge was born as Margaret Wiggum and no, she did not have a blue beehive. She loved watching her son's program, but Marge Simpson was not her favorite character.
"I just love his accent," she told the Portland Tribune in 2002 when talking about her favorite, Kwik-E Mart owner Apu.
Our condolences to the Groening family.