Resthaven Funeral Home & Resthaven Memorial Park

5740 West 19th Street, Lubbock, TX


Mary Belle Potts

September 4, 1931March 22, 2020

Heaven gained our angel, Mary Belle (Rowell) Potts on Sunday, March 22, 2020. She passed away at the Porch Swing Assisted Living facility where she resided since October.

Mary was born on September 4, 1931 in Richland Springs, Texas to Judge Alvie and Mary Elizabeth (Smith) Rowell. In 1955, she married Emory Vernis Potts and together they raised three sons, Keith, Craig and Kent.

Mary was a tireless and exceptional homemaker and enjoyed cooking, baking and sewing. She was known for her donut holes and especially her braided rolls that were ready for every family gathering. As the grandchildren and great-grandchildren arrived she would always say they had “sugar dripping”.

She loved the holidays and really any occasion that allowed her to visit with loved ones. Her love was infinite and unconditional. Mary was warm and welcoming and made everyone who met her feel special and loved. Mary was beautiful inside and out. She always had an easy laugh and a twinkle in her eye, especially when she was dancing a jig in her kitchen while listening to country music. She enjoyed going to watch her sons play football and baseball. She would tell stories about playing basketball at New Deal High School. She loved talking with her sisters and her brother.

Mary and Emory had many trips in their RV in their retirement. They would travel with Mary’s sister Gladys and her husband, Nick. Many camping and hunting trips were enjoyed.

There are not enough words to express the depth of our admiration and love for Mary. She was a blessing to all who knew her. She leaves behind many wonderful memories. She was a joy to know and love.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son, Kent Potts; sisters, Loraine Mckown, Elsie Risenhoover, and Flora Lea Risenhoover.

She is survived by sons, Keith and wife, LeJae Potts, Craig and wife, Paula Potts; daughter-in-law, Jennifer Potts; grandchildren; Meredith (Doak) Blassingame, Katie, Rachel and Annalise Potts, Kassidy (David) Thomas, and Casey Potts, Shelby, Blane, Brycen Potts, and Tarah Graham; numerous great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, honorary grandchildren, lifelong friends, and cousins. She was the heart of our family and will be deeply missed by all

A special thank you to the Porch Swing and Hospice of the South Plains for all their loving devotion and care.

Due to mandates for Covid-19, the maximum of 10 individuals applies to visitations, thus 10-15 minute blocks of 8 friends or family can view and leave to allow another group to view. Thank you for your understanding and adhering to these mandates.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Thursday, March 26, 2020 at Resthaven Funeral Home.

Visitation will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., Friday, March 27, 2020, also at Resthaven Funeral Home.

Private interment services will be held.

In lieu of flowers, she requested donations be made to either Hospice of the South Plains or to Alzheimers Association for research.


  • Casey Potts
  • Blane Potts
  • David Thomas
  • Brycen Potts
  • Jaxon Thomas
  • Rylan Thomas

  • Hospice of the South Plains or to Alzheimers Association for research.


  • Visitation Thursday, March 26, 2020
  • Visitation Friday, March 27, 2020


Mary Belle Potts

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Dudley McMinn

March 29, 2020

What an extraordinary lady! Her smile was so infectious when you were having a tough day! She was always very gracious and made the day brighter when she was invaded by a bunch of rowdy boys! And the donut holes...…..well enough said! She was like a mother to all of us who frequented her home and she and Emory's presence at all of our sporting events just uplifted us! Craig, may God bless and comfort you and your family during these times and know that God's plan for her has been carried out! He will bless you with comfort and peace that heals your loss! Love you brother!

Dudley McMinn


March 28, 2020

Mary and I had wonderful times together helping at our boy's schools. I especially remember decorating the cafeteria with her for Christmas at Atkins Junior High; She was a precious person without a negative comment or feeling. I know your family will miss her.

Lora Southerland

March 28, 2020

Mrs. Potts was a wonderful person. She made me smile !
I loved our visits when she came into the clinic. She always made me feel special . It was a honor to care for Mary all the years she came to our clinic for primary care.
May her family feel her love with them every day !

Kevin Rowell

March 28, 2020

I will always remember Aunt Mary's beautiful smile and homemade fried cherry pies!!

Cindy Stanley Adams

March 25, 2020

Mary bell, a true friend to many . My mom and Mary were friends since they were about 8 years old. So of course we grew so found of her. we loved her baking, she always had some kind of goodies when we came to visit. Her contagious smile and forever sweet greeting and wonderful laugh will be missed . May all of you have Peace and comfort because of her gain and know she is dancing with Jesus. She is missed Cindy

LaRhea West

March 25, 2020

The second I saw Mary she welcomed me, which was sealed with a hug and kiss. That’s how it was every time! Family for life! I delighted in hearing her tell stories and watching her beam with love for whom she talked about. I will sincerely miss trips to Lubbock to see my dear friend.

Sharon Baker

March 25, 2020

Mary was the sweetest lady I’ve ever met!
She will surely be missed! Love and prayers to all❤️🙏🏻