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C.M. Sloan & Sons Funeral Home

1327 North Wells Street, Fort Wayne, IN

OBITUARY

Nancy Jane (Dannells) Potter

October 9, 1940July 31, 2020
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Nancy Jane Potter of Howe, Indiana, was Promoted to Glory July 31, 2020.

Born October 9, 1940 in Angola, Indiana, she is the daughter of the late William and Adelaide (Smith) Dannells.

Nancy is survived by her children Addie and David Croghan Sr., Melodie and Gary Alford, William Potter, Anna Potter, Ronald and Kristine Potter and Joy and Charles Campbell; 13 Grandchildren and 12 Great Grandchildren. Nancy has gone to join her husband of 54 years, Theodore A. Potter, who was Promoted To Glory November 2013.

A Promotion to Glory service will be held Saturday, August 15, 2020 at 12pm, at the Salvation Army, 2901 N Clinton St, Fort Wayne, In. With calling hours from 9am-11am.

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Mitzi Hardesty

August 13, 2020

Addie, Melodie. I am sorry to hear about the loss of your mom. I pray for peace and healing. May God bless you and keep you.
Mitzi (Estep)

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Nancy and Ted Potter
Feb. 13, 1959
Belmont Salvation Army
Ft. Wayne, Indiana
Donny Potter, Jim Hyatt, Ted, Major Hovelman, Nancy, Ruth (Smith) Tatro, Virginia (Potter) Cartwright

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Addie and Dad (Ted)

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Nancy and Ted Potter
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Belmont Salvation Army
Ft. Wayne, Indiana
Donny Potter, Jim Hyatt, Ted, Major Hovelman, Nancy, Ruth (Smith) Tatro, Virginia (Potter) Cartwright

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Biography

When Nancy Jane Potter walked into the room, those in her company felt energy, an enthusiastic spontaneity. This was just one example of who Nancy was and how she impacted those around her. Nancy was a clever and gregarious person who always sought out the finest attributes in other people. It was as if Nancy wanted to share all of their experiences, revel in their lives and celebrate their discoveries. Nancy was tireless and had boundless enthusiasm that would serve her well throughout her life.

      Nancy was born on October 9, 1940 at home on Mills Street in Angola, Indiana. She was the daughter of William Paul and Adelaide Amanda Dannells. Nancy was raised in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Always at the ready with a good joke, she grew up to be quite a humorous person. While some who knew Nancy might describe her as an idealist, her friends and family understood well that Nancy was always in pursuit of life’s endless possibilities and opportunities available to her.

      Nancy was raised with one sibling. She had one older sister, Billie Maxine. Nancy was very accepting and supportive of her family. She was perceived as the central person in her family in terms of keeping communication open between the family members. Whenever discord or tension arose within the home, Nancy was typically the member who brought about resolution and harmony. These traits served Nancy well in her adult life and, along with her wit, outgoing personality, and understanding of others, drew the admiration of many who knew her.

      During her high school years, Nancy responded enthusiastically to any new project and was regularly in search of one adventure after another. She graduated from Central High School in 1959. Nancy was a very good student, and generally did well in her courses. Nancy absorbed as much as she could from all of her teachers and was consistently able to tackle conceptual and abstract problems, using her imagination to master her assignments. For Nancy, school often became just an extension of playtime, thanks to her ability to turn just about anything into a game. Classmates considered Nancy a good listener, knowing that when necessary, they could go to her to discuss just about anything.

      On February 13, 1959 Nancy married Theodore Allen Potter at Belmont, Salvation Army of Fort Wayne, Indiana. Nancy's skill at “building bridges” played an important role in her ability to make her new family happy. She was quite sensitive towards Theodore Allen Potter's needs, showing her constant concern and fondness. Nancy was tenderhearted and sensitive, qualities that served her well in helping to nurture her family.

      Nancy was a natural and creative parent who was willing to provide her family with all sorts of new and interesting experiences. For Nancy, parenting was a particularly enjoyable and pleasurable part of her life. Every activity, from chores to bedtime routines, became a game in the Potter home. Nancy's skill at understanding her children's feelings, her sensitivity to their needs, and her gift for gentle persuasion enabled her to find novel solutions to any problem or situation that might crop up. Nancy was blessed with six children: Addie Lorrie, Melodie Kay, William Allen, Anna Marie, Ronald Leland, Joy Louise. They were also blessed with 13 grandchildren, April, David Jr., Steven, Andrew, Nicole, Ryan, Kayla, William, Amanda, Elizabeth, Naomi, Shania, Teresa.

      Because Nancy loved to have a broad variety of activities in her life, she took advantage of the opportunity to pursue numerous hobbies. Her favorite pursuits were cake decorating, baking with the little ones, crocheting, gardening, candy crush, spending time with family and pets. Nancy had a knack for being able to multi-task in order to create time for all of her favorite pastimes. However, Nancy's ever-present concern for others always took precedent.

      Throughout her life, Nancy was actively involved in professional and community organizations. She was compassionate, accommodating and quick to move into action. Always able to build a consensus, Nancy seemed to be the person smack dab in the middle of things, working to get things done. Those who had the opportunity to work with Nancy usually agreed that when you were involved in an organization with her, it was as entertaining as anything you could imagine. Throughout her later years, Nancy was a member of the Salvation Army Home League.

      Nancy was a woman who was dedicated and devoted to her faith. She was a member Salvation Army all of her life. During that time, she was a Sunday School teacher, Home League member, and various other committees and activities. She was sympathetic and able to empathize with others and she used these qualities to the fullest while working tirelessly for her beliefs.

      Nancy's love of improvising in her daily life was a perfect fit for her enjoyment of traveling. Her favorite vacations were ones that were not planned. Traveling in a casual manor fit her personality well. Excited about seeing changing scenery and constantly looking for the enjoyment life could offer, Nancy took her vacations seriously, well, as seriously as she possibly could. Favorite vacations included Pony Town, camping with family.

      Nancy was a lover of animals and cherished her pets. Her family was rounded out by many cats and dogs along the way. Lady, Fat Cat, Bandit, Cord, Peaches, Polly, Clover, Chino and Blacky to name a few.

      When Nancy's retirement finally came in 1989, Nancy handled it the way she usually did. She adapted and, like everything in her life, made it satisfying. Because she was such a flexible person and able to adjust to any situation, retirement was just another enjoyable change of pace for Nancy to master. Her new life involved relocating to Springfield, Ohio, and later to Lagrange, Indiana. In retirement, she found pleasure in being a housewife, Grandma and active church member. Even in retirement, Nancy continued to stay in touch with her old friends and like always, made plenty of new ones.

      Nancy Potter passed away on July 31, 2020 at Parkview Reginal, Fort Wayne, Indiana. Nancy fought hard against numerous health issues, her body just grew tired. She is survived by her six children, 13 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and a few pets. Services were held at The Salvation Army, Fort Wayne.

      There was always a certain style and inventiveness to Nancy. She was a dynamic, self-expressive person who was forever looking to celebrate the endless possibilities life had to offer. She had a knack for being clever, creative and witty, and for others, was a joy to be around. While she was often fiercely independent, it seemed as if many others looked to Nancy Potter for inspiration, leadership, wisdom and even courage. Nancy was always more than willing to share life’s experiences with her loved ones.

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