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Lillian N. Potter

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CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. -- Lillian Noble Potter, 71, of Ash Grove Road, died Friday, April 22, 2005 at her home after a long illness. She was the widow of Stephen Potter, who died in 1995.

Born April 9, 1934 in New York City, she was the daughter of Francis and Camilla Edwards Noble. She attended Nightingale-Bamford School in New York, Miss Porter’s School in Farmington, Conn., and received her bachelor’s degree from Wheelock College in Boston.

Lillian and Stephen were married June 8, 1963 in New York where they lived and raised their family until moving, full-time to their summer home in Cambridge in 1982.

She was a member of the Brick Presbyterian Church in New York, and served there as a deacon, elder, teacher and volunteer.

A passionate educator all her life, Lillian taught in schools in Levittown, Pa., at Nightingale-Bamford School in New York and at Albany Academy for Girls in Albany. She tutored numerous students privately and informally.

She also taught Sunday school and directed pageants skid special programs at the Brick Church and the First Congregational Church in Williamstown, Mass.

After retiring from teaching, Lillian worked at the Northshire Book Store in Manchester, and at Battenkill Books in Cambridge. She was a volunteer educator at the Bennington Museum in Bennington, Vt.

Music was a great passion all her life. She met her husband while both were performing Gilbert and Sullivan with the Blue Hill Troupe in New York. She was a singer and board member of the Bennington County Choral Society; a volunteer with the Bennington Children’s Chorus and a member of the choir at the First Congregational Church in Williamstown.

Children’s books and stories were a great interest which she was always willing to share with anyone. She was a driving force in creating the library at the First Congregational Church.

She somehow found time for other interests including Ukrainian egg dyeing and other arts and crafts.

Lillian’s greatest joys came from her family and wide circle of friends, who were a comfort to her during her long illness.

She is predeceased by a sister, Frances Noble Smith, who died in 2001.

Survivors include her two sons and their wives, Jonathan and Julie Potter of Brattleboro, Vt. and Timothy and Leslie, Potter of Pittsfield, Mass.; two brothers, William L. Noble and his wife Jennifer and Timothy E. Noble, all of New York; a brother-in-law, Howard Howard and his wife Ellen of Niantic, Conn.; three grandchildren, Peter Trapnell, Marielle Holbrook and Margot Elizabeth Potter, who was born April 12, 2005; and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service celebrating the life of Lillian Noble Potter will be held on Saturday, April 30 at 2 p.m. at the First Congregational Church, 906 Main St., Williamstown, Mass.

Donations in Mrs. Potter’s memory may be made to Southwestern Vermont Cancer Center, 100 Hospital Drive, Bennington, VT 05201; the Bennington County Choral Society, P.0. Box 44, Bennington, VT 05201; Hubbard Hall Projects, 25 East Main St., Cambridge, N.Y. 12816 or the First Congregational Church Library Fund, 906 Main St., Williamstown, MA 01267.

Arrangements are under the direction of Ackley & Ross Funeral Home, Cambridge.
Published in Bennington Banner on Apr. 25, 2005
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