WHITE RIVER JCT. – A funeral service was held at the North Pomfret Church on July 14 for Genevieve K. Potter, 91, who died July 8 at Genesis Eldercare Lebanon Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire. Burial followed in the Hewittville Cemetery in Pomfret.
She was born Aug. 27, 1922 in Montpelier, daughter of Donald and Eleanora (Currier) Freeman.
Genevieve grew up in Plainfield where she graduated from high school in 1941.
She was married to Kenneth Potter June 28, 1942 at Our Lady of the Snows Church in Woodstock.
They made their home in Woodstock for many years later moving to Hartford Village and most recently living in White River Jct. She worked at the Hartford Woolen Mill, Hillside Manor Nursing Home, the Hartford Mini Mart and later at the Hartford Library before retiring.
Mrs. Potter volunteered at the Veterans Administration Hospital in White River Jct. for many years, serving over 3,000 hours. She was a former member of the Hartford Women’s Club and the Ora E. Paul American Legion Auxiliary in Woodstock.
She enjoyed gardening, cooking and baking and especially enjoyed attending her sons Men’s League Softball games and tournaments where she was affectionately known by everyone as “Ma Potter.” She will be remembered as a loving mother and grandmother who was always proud of her family. Genevieve never wanted to bother others by asking for favors but was always the first to lend a helping hand. For her many good deeds, she was named Hartford Citizen of the Year in 1997.
She is survived by six children Bryan H. Potter of Tampa, Florida, Neil W. Potter and his wife Jane of Hartford, Corinne H. Cuthbertson and her husband Earl of Canaan, New Hampshire, Carmen K. Gentry and her husband Jack of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, Jay L. Potter and his wife Denise of Pomfret and Brady F. Potter of White River Jct.; 18 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren; as well as many nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband, Kenneth Potter; a son, Gary K. Potter, her granddaughter Lisa Jo Potter McGaw, one sister Katherine Freeman; and two brothers William Freeman and Wilbur Freeman.
Contributions in her memory may be made to the Genesis Lebanon Center Activities Fund, 24 Old Etna Road, Lebanon, NH 03766.
Condolences may be expressed to Mrs. Potter’s family in an online guestbook at www.knightfuneralhomes.com.
This obituary first appeared in the July 17, 2014 print edition of the Vermont Standard.
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