Mary Senecal Potter

October 14, 1935December 2, 2018

Mary S. Potter, 83, passed away peacefully December 2 , 2018 at Middlesex Hospital in Middletown, CT. Mary was born in Bellows Falls, VT to the late Cyrille and Evangelyn (Capron) Senecal. Mary graduated from Rutland VT High School and Castleton VT Teachers College. She earned a master’s degree from the Universityof Hartford, CT. Mary was a popular, dedicated first and second grade teacher for more than 30 years, in Old Saybrook, CT.

Mary and her beloved husband of 37 years, Donald T. Potter, lived in Old Saybrook, CT throughout their marriage. They traveled throughout the United States and Europe together. After retiring, they also purchased a winter home in Sun City West, AZ where Mary enjoyed the warm weather and volunteering for the Lion’s Club. She was an active member of the weavers group there and shared many beautiful woven pieces with her family and friends. Mary was an avid reader and knitting was her favorite hobby. For the past year she greatly enjoyed many new friends and activities at The Saybrook at Haddem, assisted living facility.

Mary is predeceased by her parents, her husband Donald in 2002 and her brother Maxwell Senecal in 2003. She will be dearly missed by her devoted brothers Clayton Senecal and his wife Barbara of Portsmouth, VA, and William Senecal and his wife Christa of Monson, MA and many loving nieces and nephews and their children. She will be dearly missed by her many friends from the Old Saybrook area and long time, faithful friends Marvin Blakesly, of Ivoryton, CT, Susan Potter Mixon, of Chester, CT and Kathy and Kent Winchell of Old Lyme, CT.

It is Mary’s wish that no formal services be held at this time. The family will have a celebration of her life at a family plot in VT in the spring. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, 1500 Rosecrans Ave., Suite 200, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266 or to the American Diabetes Association, 2451 Crystal Drive Suite 900, Arlington, VA 22202. The care of Mary has been entrusted to the Swan Funeral Home in Old Saybrook, CT. To share a memory or leave a message of condolences to the family, please visit


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Mary Senecal Potter

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