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Margaret Groening, mother to 'Simpsons' creator Matt Groening, dies

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Marge Groening

Margaret Ruth Groening, mother to The Simpsons creator Matt Groening and inspiration for the character of Marge, has passed away at age 94, according to an obituary in The Oregonian.

Many of the names mentioned in the obit will sound familiar to fans of Springfield. Born Margaret Wiggum, she married high-school classmate Homer Groening, “whom she chose because he made her laugh the most.” She is survived by her brother, Arnold; her children, Mark, Matt, Lisa and Maggie; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

The Oregonian points out that while Groening never went by Marge, that “didn’t stop fans from equating her with the ever-tolerant, ever-doting mother on The Simpsons.”

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