Marietta L. Potok

1 September, 193015 July, 2021

Marietta L. Potok was born to Louise and Walter Tiffany on September 1, 1930 in Kingsley, Pennsylvania. She grew up playing the piano and snare drums in her school orchestra and was active in school plays. She was a basketball standout for Harford High School and went on to play basketball and graduate from Mansfield University with a BS degree in Education. Her first job was teaching first grade at Lincoln Elementary in Johnson City, N.Y. She was an active member of the Appalachian Mountain Club. She met her husband, Gene Potok, on a blind date. Gene worked for IBM and was a WW II veteran in the first wave that landed on Omaha Beach on D-Day. They were married in 1955 in Kingsley, Pennsylvania. Marietta went on to teach sixth grade in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. They had two boys, John in 1958, and Tom in 1960, both in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

Gene gradually rose to become an executive for IBM in Armonk, N.Y. and RTP, N.C. while Marietta undertook the important work of raising two children. The boys briefly attended St. Timothy’s Elementary School in Raleigh, which would become an important part of Marietta’s life.

On September 2, 1989, Gene died after a long battle with cancer, he was 66. A year later Marietta resumed her teaching career at St. Timothy’s Episcopal School where she taught Kindergarten and had a strong impact on many young children for nearly 20 years until retiring in 2008. She was known for her beautiful poetry, and love of genealogy, being a member of both the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Mayflower Society.

She suffered a stroke three years ago, moving from MacGregor Downs to Woodland Terrace, and died peacefully at the William M. Dunlap Center on July 15, 2021, at the age of 90.

She is survived by her sons and their wives, John and Nancy Potok of Cary, NC, and their daughters Emily and Laura; and Tom and Judy Potok of Oak Ridge, TN and their two children Thomas (Madason) and Tiffany. She is also survived by her sisters Helen and Barbara (Gordon) and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held 1:00 pm Saturday, October 23rd at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, 200 SE Maynard Road, Cary, NC 27511.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers donations to be made in the name of Marietta to the William M. Dunlap Center or Greenwood Forest Baptist Church in Cary.


  • In lieu of flowers, the family prefers donations to be made in the name of Marietta to the William M. Dunlap Center or Greenwood Forest Baptist Church in Cary.


23 October

Memorial Service

1:00 pm

Brown-Wynne Funeral Home

200 Southeast Maynard Road
Cary, NC 27511


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Tiffany Potok

25 August 2021

Grandma, I’ll never forget the time we went to see Wicked together at the Durham Performing Arts Center. It was an amazing show, but sharing it with you was the special part. I have so many memories of you, christmases, birthdays, special trips, and sharing photo albums. Thank you for telling me about my name, our heritage, and sharing your love for Scotland with me. I will always be proud to be a Tiffany and a Potok.

Sondy Ciecorka

19 July 2021

Aunt Skeeter
What a joyful reunion you are having with Uncle Gene, my Mom, Grandma and Grandpa Tiffany, our sweet sister Karen, Aunt Margaret . . .
We were so blessed to have shared such lovely memories in Hartford with you.
Rest In Peace. We love you and will miss you.
Sondy & Tom Ciecorka

Susan Miller

19 July 2021

Dear Tom and Family,
Marietta was a dear friend. We met at Greenwood Forest Baptist Church. She joined my Sunday School Class. She was an inspiration to us all - bright and funny and loved her Bible. I spoke to her often at Woodland Terrace, just recently. We know she is with Jesus and may God comfort you.
Susan Miller

Tom Potok

18 July 2021

Dear Mom,

Rest in peace.

I think of the wonderful time we spent together over the years. I will never forget the tiny Inn we stayed at on the Island of Mull in Scotland or the pubs in Edinburgh and Oban; Doing the freedom walk in Boston (on the hottest day of the year) and visiting Plymouth Rock to see John Howland’s name on the passenger list; going to the Navy Pier and the top of the Sears tower in Chicago; or seeing the Pandas at the National Zoo and visiting the WWII memorial in DC; or walking on Waikiki Beach and visiting the Kīlauea volcano in Hawaii. I have a lot of great memories of you that I will cherish forever.

I will also miss the family gatherings, all the Christmas’ over the years, the birthday lobsters, toasts to Dad, Pizza’s at Amedeos, graduations, weddings, nightly calls, and I am so grateful for your Thursday “rally day” at the end.

I love you and will miss you.


Madason Potok

18 July 2021

Grandma you always made me laugh with our phone calls and letters back and forth. I am so blessed that i was able to call you my Grandmother. You always had some sort of wisdom to share and i will cherish that forever. I’m going to miss baking you cookies and mailing them to you. You will be missed but i know you are in a much better place now and watching over us. I love you grandma!

Lou Ann Stuczynski

18 July 2021

I cherished our time together, we use to laugh, and share stories. You often would invite me for lunch and always sent the leftovers home with me! I know your with the Lord now, and I will see you again my friend. Love to all the family, Lou Ann

Natalie Morrison-Martinez

16 July 2021

My sweet Aunt Skeeter, you were always good to me. I send my condolences. I pray for God's comfort for you all.

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