Louise Potter

Obituary of Louise E. Potter

Louise “Lee” Eaton Potter was a caring wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend. An accidental fall ended her life at her DeWitt home on May 2, 2022. She was 86 when she passed.
Lee was born on July 15, 1935 in Cooperstown, N.Y., to Edwin and Inez Eaton. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University, where she met her husband, Edwin Potter. They were married in 1956 and went on to raise four daughters.
As a United Methodist minister’s wife, Lee lived in multiple towns and cities throughout Central and Northern New York. She touched the lives of countless students throughout her lengthy career as a middle school Social Studies teacher.
Lee was tirelessly active in her community, from social justice activism, to refugee aid, to driving for Meals on Wheels as an octogenarian herself, to teaching Sunday school and serving community breakfasts. She truly dedicated her life to helping others.
Skilled in piano and recorder, Lee loved classical music and relished attending live concerts. She loved nature, and family camping trips were a summer mainstay. In retirement, Lee and Ed traveled the world learning about other cultures and returning to share what they had learned with friends and family. 
In addition to Edwin, her husband of over 65 years, Lee is survived by her sisters, Peggy (Dick) Traver and Carol Staples; daughters, Nancy, Rebecca, Karen and Valerie Potter; sons-in-law, David Pearlman, Cyrus Chipman, Ted Harrison, John Silvestro, and Noah Bell; grandchildren, JP (Greis), Molly, Talia, Ben, and Julie; and a large extended family.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00AM on Saturday, May 7, at University United Methodist Church in Syracuse, with a gathering to follow. All are welcome. 
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Emergency Food Distribution program at UUMC. Checks may be made to “Food Center @324” and sent to 1085 E Genesee St. Syracuse, NY 13210.
Online condolences, www.shepardsonfh.com.

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Saturday
7
May

Memorial Service

11:00 am
Saturday, May 7, 2022
University United Methodist Church
1085 East Genesee Street
Syracuse, New York, United States
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