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Margaret Ruth Groening (March 23, 1919 - April 22, 2013)

Wednesday, May 8, 2013 • by Sarah Whitman-Salkin

An obituary that ran in a Portland, Oregon newspaper last week featured some unmistakably familiar names...

Margaret Groening is the mother of Matt Groening, creator of The Simpsons. Her family (or at least their names) clearly served as the inspiration for many of Springfield's most famous characters.

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