Penwell Turner Funeral Home - Shelby, Ohio

Marsha Mai Porter

Marsha Mai Porter, age 76, of Shelby, passed away peacefully on Thursday morning, June 6, 2024 at her home. Her death follows a multi-year battle with vascular dementia.

Marsha was born June 27, 1947 in Millersburg, Ohio to the late Ross G. and Vera M. (Croskey) Edwards and graduated from Shelby High School in 1965. On May 15, 1973, Marsha married Darrell R. Porter and together they had a loving and successful life. They loved going on cruises, having been on several, and Marsha was always in attendance and supportive of Darrell in his active participation with the Free and Accepted Masons. They were married 41 years until his passing on October 20, 2014.

From 1988-1996 Marsha owned and operated Bowsher’s Bakery in Shelby. Following, she attended Pioneer Adult Education for business and began a 20-year career with Richland County Job and Family Services. It was there that she held various positions, ultimately retiring in 2016 as a fraud investigator.

Marsha cherished family and friends and was an avid bingo player- playing often with her dear friend, Robin. She also thoroughly enjoyed day trips with her good friend, Rachel. Survivors include her 4 children: Kenny Porter of Mansfield, Kimberly (Regis) Skiffington of Shelby, Heath Porter of Shelby, and Heather (Scott) Conard of Mansfield; 9 grandchildren: Caleb Porter, Tyler Porter, Randy Edwards, Brooke Barnes, Hollie (Ben) Nye, Jaekob Conard, Jillian Conard, and Amelia Mai Porter; numerous great grandchildren; sister: Rhonda Edwards; brother-in-law: Keith (Terri) Porter; and numerous other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her mother: Vera M. (Croskey) Kovatch; father: Ross G. Edwards; husband: Darrell R. Porter; granddaughter: Kaitlin Barnes; and sisters: Brenda Thompson and Lisa Barnhart.

Family and friends are welcome on Monday, June 10, 2024 from 5-7 pm at the Penwell Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby, where funeral services will be held on Tuesday, June 11, 2024 at 11 am. Pastor James Robinson will officiate the services with burial following in Oakland Cemetery, Shelby. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association (

Online condolences may be made on Marsha’s obituary on the funeral home’s website ( or their Facebook page (

To view Marsha’s Tribute Video, click here: Marsha’s Tribute Video

Memories & Condolence

  1. The Green's says:

    Scott, Heather, Jaekob and Jill,

    Our deepest sympathies! It is never easy to lose someone so special! We are praying that your cherished memories help you through this difficult time .

    Love you!
    Craig, Mandi, Jacob and Emalie

  2. Sharon Tackett says:

    Heather I am so sorry to hear this, ur in my thoughts and prayers. ❤️ Hugs

  3. Ron and Sheila Damron says:

    Our deepest condolences, and prayers be with you.
    Marsha was a very kind lady that loved her family. May God give you all comfort and peace during this time.

    R I.P. Marsha, you will be missed

    Ron and Sheila

  4. Robert Ross says:

    Our condolences to her family May she rest in peace!!

  5. Jerry and Family says:

    We will always love you, Marsha- we will always love all of you.

  6. Frank and Vickie Curry says:

    RIP sweet Marsha, along with your reunion with Darrell. We have good memories of our Alaskan cruise to cherish among many other gatherings. Prayers of condolences to your family and friends.

  7. Wendy Turney Katrancha says:

    My thoughts & prayers are with all of you as you go thru this difficult time. I have so many fond memories of growing up around the family in King George. Love to you all.

  8. Jeremy says:

    To my cousins and family Heath, Heather, Kim, and Kenny–sorry to hear this about your mom. She was a big hearted woman.

    When I was in college (1997 or so) I came back home on a break and Marsh and Darrel where at my dads house. Something came up about Kent State (you know the 1970 protest and killing of four students). Well, some minutes passed and my aunt was going through her purse. Aunt Marsha pulled a photo and laid it on the table.

    “Do you know who that is?” she asked.


    “That was my best friend. Sandra. She died at Kent State that day” (It could have been Allison, I can’t recall that detail)

    This was in the mid-late 90’s. So my aunt carried that in her purse and in her heart for so long. I didn’t know that about her until she told me. But I’ve never forgotten it. History touches us all and lasts forever. She had such a big heart. That’s what I remember of her.

  9. Mindy Utz says:

    My deepest condolences.

  10. Ann Stoffer says:

    I can’t put into words how I’m feeling…My best friend since Jr.High. The memories we shared will always be in my heart. I am praying for all of her beautiful children. I will never forget her!

  11. Marcia Mast says:

    You will be missed my dear friend! May you rest In Peace. Deepest sympathy and prayers for your families.

  12. Marty Kareff says:

    Dear Family: I am so sorry to hear that Marsha has passed. We worked together at JFS and had a wonderful and fun time (when we were able to). She would tell me stories of her family and she would delight in her Grandchildren. I have missed her friendship over the years. My deepest sympathy to the family.

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