March 14, 1945 – May 17, 2021
Beloved mother, grandmother, sister and friend Nancy Porter Morse passed away on May 17, 2021. Heavenly Father brought her home with him. She will be missed by those who knew and loved her. Nancy was born on March 14, 1945 to Marjorie Mickelwaite and Royal Lorenzo (Larry) Porter. She was brought up and lived in the Ogden area most of her life. She was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Riverdale 2nd Ward. Nancy married Wayne Leslie Morse in 1965. They divorced in 1975. Together they had three loving daughters, Deborah, Carrie and Heather. His daughters were the loves of his life. Then came her five special grandchildren, Joshua, Hannah, Andrew, Kailei and Bruce, who delighted her, and they joined this circle of her abundant love. A blessed great-grandson, Liam, has finally joined his family.
Nancy graduated from Ogden High School in 1963. A follower of education, the arts and the active spirit, she continued to pursue her education. Earlier in life she was an accomplished flautist and had expressed her artistic abilities also through painting, arts and crafts. She returned to school balancing home, school, and work, graduating from Weber State College in 1985 with a BS in Logistics Management. She was then selected through an Air Force competition to attend the Air Force Institute of Technology in Dayton, Ohio, where she received her MS in Logistics Management in 1988. Her educational pride and joy, however, was when the Air Force picked her for the occasion. to apply and attend Harvard University. In 1999, she graduated from Harvard with a Masters of Public Administration.
Nancy was known as a woman who pushed the envelope and helped smash the glass ceiling in the workplace, allowing others to follow. She worked at Hill Air Force Base for 34 years where she rose through the ranks in a traditional male technical world. She retired as deputy head of telecommunications in space and C31. Upon her retirement, Nancy received the Meritorious Service Medal, awarded to those who have distinguished themselves by outstanding meritorious achievement and service in the United States. After retiring, she missed the job challenge, so she went to work for Northrop Grumman for 8 years as a program manager. She has been recognized as an innovator throughout her career and has created / developed and implemented new and improved processes and procedures for the different areas in which she has worked.
Nancy is predeceased by her parents; his daughter, Carrie (deceased in 2010); her grandson, Joshua (deceased in 2009); and his brother, Dennis Porter (deceased in 2018). She is survived by her daughters Deborah Wilcox-Vincent (granddaughter Hannah, grandsons Andrew and Bruce) and Heather Stoneberg (granddaughter Kailei); siblings Larry (Sylvia) Porter, Gary (Jeanine) Porter, Renae (Al) Hepler; sister-in-law Joyce Porter and a great-grandson, Liam.
A funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, May 24, 2021, at the Town of Ogden Cemetery. The service will also be broadcast live.