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Clements-Wilcox Funeral Home

306 East Polk Street, Burnet, TX

OBITUARY

Marjorie Potter

November 15, 1924April 17, 2020
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Marjorie Eleanor English Potter

Marjorie Eleanor English Potter was born November 15, 1924 in Wilton Junction, Iowa, the second daughter of William Edgar English and Ruth Agnes Rick English Mickle. Raised in Stockbridge Valley, New York along with her siblings Faye English Kelsen, William English, and Marilyn English Jabot, she relocated to Provo, Utah after graduating from Stockbridge Valley High School in 1942. It was there that she joined the United States Women's Army Air Corp in the spring of 1944. While stationed in Atlantic City, New Jersey, she met and married then Tech Sergeant John Travis Potter Sr. on August 4, 1944. Being the first two military personnel to marry while serving on active duty during World War II, their wedding photograph was featured in newspapers across the country, the caption reading "The Sergeant takes a Wife" in some publications or "Marge and the Sarge" in others. Upon being discharged, Johnny and Marge Potter moved to Austin, Texas with their first born child where they lived and raised a family of three sons and one daughter.

In addition to being a mother, Marge served as a secretary in the Texas House of Representatives where she worked for Max Smith, Marshall O. Bell and Travis McClintock, to name a few, through several legislative sessions. She then pursued successful careers in sales, first selling cosmetics for Fashion Two Twenty and ultimately in real estate in Austin where she worked for Joe Gilbreath and Tubbs Real Estate.

Fulfilling a lifelong dream to sing and act, she became active in Austin's Civic Theater, later known as the Zachary Scott Theater, where she starred as Mammy Yokum in a mid-sixties production of L'il Abner. She later became a broker establishing her own company Potter Properties in Harlingen, Texas after relocating there with her husband in 1980 where they raised their first grandson. While there, Marge was active in the Harlingen Rotary and also continued to explore her love of the arts becoming a prolific seascape painter and publishing the first edition of her poetry book Encore in 2000 and the second edition in 2018.

After losing her husband Johnny in 1993 to cancer, she became interested in traveling and journeyed to the Baja Peninsula, China and to Scotland for her daughter’s wedding. After she retired and moved back to Central Texas, she loved returning for vacations to South Padre Island, Texas. She also lived in Connecticut for one year and loved attending the PowWow at Foxwoods where she enjoyed the various Pequot tribal dances. Throughout her adult life, she loved raising dogs and cats, enjoyed collecting antiques of all kinds, especially milk glass, and was an avid bingo player. She succumbed to complications of congestive heart failure and COPD at age 95 at her home at Country Oaks Assisted Living in Burnet, Texas on April 17, 2020.

She is survived by her children John Travis Potter Jr, of Windham, CT, Jerard Thomas Potter of Tow, Texas, Karen Lee Potter and her husband Gary Galbraith of Brooklyn, New York and James Todd Potter and his wife Christie Potter of Spicewood, Texas; grandchildren Clayton Lynn Potter of Briggs, Texas, Christian Ammons of Nacogdoches, Texas, Sean Potter and Kacee Potter O'Brien both of Windham, CT, Asa James Potter of Dallas, Texas, Kayla Brianna Potter Long of Azle, Texas, great grand-children Leslie Kaye Potter, Garrett Ammons, Rowdy Ammons, Logan Ammons, Dania Potter Wright, Claire Potter, Willow O'Brien, Hays Matthew Long, Elias James Potter, and Hudsyn Brooke Long, and two great, great grandsons, Abel Wright and Hudson Ammons

Graveside services will be Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. at the Liberty Hill Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to your preferred charities or other organizations during this difficult time. The family will hold a celebration of Marge Potter's life at a later date.

Arrangements by Clements Wilcox Funeral Home in Burnet , Texas. Please visit www.clementswilcoxburnet.com for condolences.

Services

  • Visitation Clements-Wilcox Funeral Home

    Monday, April 20, 2020

  • Graveside Service Liberty Hill Cemetery

    Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Memories

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gwen Barton

April 29, 2020

I met this delightful woman in Austin in the late 60s. I lost touch with the family but never lost the memories of a woman so full of life and interesting. I had no idea she'd been so close. I send my fondest wishes and love to John T, Todd, Jerry and Karen. Those were special times and Marge was a special woman.
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Kathy Wills

April 21, 2020

I will miss you my sweet friend Marge. I met you when you were my clients neighbor. I had no inkling from that moment on you would take a place in my heart. I enjoyed listening to your stories of your travels. But I also loved your paintings that you had mastered and strewn out and displayed all over your apartment. You my lady were a class act in every way imaginable. When you asked me to escort you to your Granddaughters wedding , I was honored and had the best time with your family. Will miss that raspy rough old voice and that laugh. I know you are able to breath now with no struggles. You are home Marge, rest my sweetie and I’ll see ya in the heavens. Love you Marge Potter

Kathy Wills
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Vanessa Ramirez

April 20, 2020

Marge was a very dear and special friend to me in the time that I cared for her. I loved her very much, and will miss her. I told her stories about me, and she told me stories about herself and her life. Marge’s were no doubt by far more interesting. We would also laugh and joke. My love and condolences to the whole family! Marge will always hold a special place in my heart.

Ralph n Nestora Garcia

April 20, 2020

Our condolences to the family. We will charish some good memories of our dear friend . She was like family to us. We will miss u dearly .

Christine Jabot

April 20, 2020

We will miss you. My favorite memory of you is when all of us gathered to have dinner at Mama’s. You were witty and full of sass and looked radiant. Everyone was happy and enjoyed being together as a family. I loved your poetry and that night we took turns reading a poem from your book. Aliester and I love you and we know you are laughing in heaven with Brett right now.

Karen Hachman

April 19, 2020

One of a kind, that's my memory of Marge! I've been working the Potter lines for Travis for a few years, and getting to sit with her and listen to the stories about people whose names I knew but knew nothing about was exciting. I've never been able to do that with my own mom or senior family members, and it really brought a whole new view of family history to me. She loved sharing, she loved looking at the binder full of her English ancestors and the Potter ancestors . Watching her eyes light up, and then hearing a story! Visiting with her while she was here in South Austin was a joy. My deepest love and condolences to Travis, Karen, Todd and Jerry and all her grandkids.

Karen Burkey

April 18, 2020

I know you will be using your special purple power! So glad I came to your wonderful birthday. God is shining his light on you.

Ann L Arnold

April 18, 2020

It’s hard for me to put into words how much I admired and loved this woman, Marge. She was exceptional in so many ways. I’ll miss our laughs and our talks and her good counsel.

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Biography

She was a loved one, a friend, and someone special. To family and friends who knew her best, Marjorie will be remembered as a very exceptional person.

      Simply stated, Marjorie was a good and kind person, an individual who will for all time be remembered by her family and friends as being a caring and giving person, someone who was a vital part of their lives. Marjorie leaves behind her a legacy of life-long friendships and many cherished memories.

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