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Pamela Cheney Potter

1944 - 2015 BRATTLEBORO - Pamela Cheney Potter, 70, died peacefully at her home on Feb. 14, 2015 following a lifelong battle with Crohn's disease. Pamela was born on Jun. 20, 1944 in Bridgeport, Conn., to Dr. Maurice L. and Wanda P. Cheney. She grew up in Guilford, VT, where as a teenager, she spent almost every afternoon trail riding on her first horse, Cindy. Pamela graduated from Brattleboro Union High School in the class of 1962, and studied physical therapy at Tufts University before earning her diploma in secretarial studies from the Katharine Gibbs School in Boston, MA. Pamela was employed at the Office of Admissions at Harvard University before her marriage to James McKay Lykes III of Houston, Texas. Following his death in 1969, Pamela was married to Edward R. Potter of Walpole, N.H., on August 15, 1970. Together, they bought a beautiful hilltop farm in Walpole, raised four children, and pursued their mutual interests of carriage driving and cross-country skiing. Pamela was a devoted and conscientious mother who took beautiful care of her children, homecooking all of their meals and sewing their clothing when they were young despite her continuing illness. She was highly artistic and intuitive, with a refined sense of esthetics, musicality, home decor, and natural beauty. Her loved ones could count on an exquisite handmade greeting card from Pam for every birthday and holiday, and she loved to play Beethoven at top volume. Pamela treasured the childhood experience of seeing Rudolf Serkin play live at the Marlboro Music Festival. During the 1980s, Pamela owned and managed Meadow Winds Farm, a highly successful family business and Morgan horse show stable in Walpole. Meadow Winds was the home of the Morgan stallion Shaker's Destry, and the birthplace of many championship foals. An incredibly hard worker, Pamela was later employed by Rentokil of Boston, MA and Cersosimo Lumber Company of Brattleboro, VT, where she completed nearly two decades of service in Human Resources before her retirement in April, 2014. Pamela is survived by her four children, Cathryn E. Lykes of Brattleboro, James M. Potter of Starksboro, VT, Emily F. Potter of Putney, VT, and Deborah P. Satterfield of Brattleboro, VT; five grandchildren, Devyn Potter and Demitra Potter of Starksboro, VT, Grace Cunningham of Brattleboro, and John and Matthew Satterfield, also of Brattleboro; her brother, Maurice A. Cheney, and sister-in-law, Mary Ann Cheney, both of Darlington, Pa; her daughter-in-law, Alexandra Potter, of Starksboro; two nieces, Heather Entwistle of Utica, NY and Sarah Cheney of New Hartford, NY; two grandnieces, Emily Entwistle and Evie Ruggiero, and her grandnephew, Brady Entwistle. Pamela was predeceased by her father, mother, half-sister, Martha Lincoln, and half-brother, Lionel Cheney. Pamela's faithful Cairn terrier, Moss, who took such good care of her during her final years, also survives. To sign an online register book with messages of condolence please visit www.atamaniuk.com. Arrangements are under the direction of the Atamaniuk Funeral Home.



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Published in Brattleboro Reformer on Feb. 21, 2015
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