Wrenva "Tommie" Potts, 87
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Wrenva Thomas "Tommie" Potts, 87, a long-time Austin resident, passed away on March 22, 2013 in Round Rock, Texas. Services will be at Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home on Monday at 1pm with Paul Gordon and Rey Gaytan officiating. Burial will follow at Austin Memorial Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday from 6pm-9pm at the funeral home (3125 N. Lamar Blvd).
Tommie was born March 27, 1925 in White River Township, north of Flippin, Arkansas to William Oscar and Stella (Ross) Thomas. Her family moved during her younger days, so she went to grade school and middle school in Memphis, Texas and most of her high school years was spent at Flippin, Arkansas. She spent her senior year living with her sister and graduating from high school at Sudan, Texas in 1943. The summer after graduation, she went to live with her Aunt Stella Rowland on a ranch outside of Portales, New Mexico and would reminisce about the fun she had with her Rowland cousins. Tommie was baptized at a young age in the First Baptist Church and at the age of 30 she was baptized at the First Methodist Church in Austin. She married C.M. "Jerry" West in June 1946 in Austin. She later married Robert J. "Bob" Potts Jr. in November 1957.
Tommie moved to Austin, Texas to attend the University of Texas. She graduated from the Brackenridge Hospital School of Nursing in 1950 where she was a member of the CadetNurse Corps. Tommie worked at several places using her nursing skills: 1950-1968 Private duty for 18 years, 1968-1972 Austin Home Health Service, 1972-1974 Charge Nurse at Holy Cross Hospital, 1974-1984 School of Deaf (summers were spent at Holy Cross Hospital), 1985-1990 State Hospital, 1988 she was a charge nurse on geriatric psychiatry floor at Seton Holy Cross Hospital, 1991-2001 nursing home nurse where she retired at 76 years of age. From her family's point of view, the most humbling job she undertook was the care of her sisters and brothers-in-law in their time of sickness and death. She was always there when we needed her.
Tommie had her house built in the 1950's overlooking Shoal Creek and continued to live there until June 2012. She was fortunate to have hundreds of friends that enjoyed her lifestyle of backyard parties on the creek. She was best known for her outdoor BBQ parties on Halloween where everyone came in costume. She loved to travel all over the US and especially loved to travel to other countries like Mexico, Central and South America, Greece, Turkey, Spain, Portugal, Rock of Gibraltar, Panama Canal, and many Caribbean Islands. She had many hobbies, but her most cherished hobby was her 1965 red corvette…that was her baby. She loved telling one of her nieces that she was going to be buried in it one day! She also spent many years making beautiful jewelry with the rocks she collected. She loved going to her rock club meetings and taking trips with that group….especially the Thanksgiving trips they made every year to Big Bend. She was a member of several clubs: World Wildlife Fund, Texas Spokes Sports Car Club, Austin Ballroom Dance Club, The Capital Camera Club, The Austin Gem and Mineral Society, Austin Tropical Fish Club, Austin Traditional Jazz Society, and Allendale Neighbors (the neighborhood club).
She was preceded in death by her parents, sisters (Letha Gordon, Emma Faulkner Deutsch, Zola Mae Cobb, and Jean Arrington Hairston), brother-in-laws (Forrest Faulkner Sr., Eddie Cobb, Albert Arrington, Perry Hairston, Gene Daniel and Steve Deutsch, Waymon Gordon), husbands Jerry West and Bob Potts, one nephew Forrest Faulkner Jr., one great niece (Beth Faulkner Sones), and one great nephew (Clint Thomas Murray), and a very special friend, Earl McDonald.
She is survived by her sister, Billie Daniel, a very dear "son", Reynaldo Lujan Gaytan, nieces and nephews(Philip Gordon, Paul Gordon, JoAnn Murray, Betty Walker, Cathy Friesenhahn, Sarah Anderson, Darrell Cobb, Adria Kastner, Shirley Brokaw, Lynn Grandbergs, Jay Hairston, Joe Hairston, Mike Daniel, Marik Daniel, and Shelly Xiques), many great-nieces and great-nephews, cousins, and friends.
Special thanks to all the neighbors that helped her, especially Joe and Caroline Reynolds, and Chuck and Elaine Johnstone, to all the staff, doctors, and nurses of Hearthstone Health Center in Round Rock, to Dr. Raley and Dr. John T. Hays and their staff for caring to all of her needs, to the staff and nurses working for Hospice, to the nurses at Seton Hospital, to all her rock club friends, to her great- niece and husband, Paula and Ronny Fudge for moving in with her and taking care of her, and to Paul and Anita Gordon and Adria and Bernie Kastner and their families for the care that they have given her.
Obituary and guestbook available online at www.wcfish.com
Arrangements by Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home, 3125 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78705 - (512) 452-8811
Published in Baxter Bulletin on Mar. 26, 2013