Edith Potter passed away on Aug. 3, 2014 in Santa Fe, N.M. after a brief illness. She had been a sixty-seven year resident of Los Alamos, N.M.
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Edith was born in October, 1920. Although raised on a farm near Goobertown, Ark., she followed a family tradition of education, teaching schoolchildren of all ages and coaching girl's basketball until she volunteered to serve in the Dept. of the Navy in Washington, D.C. during WWII.
Edith had her eye on her future husband Donald Potter when they sang in the choir of the Paragould, Ark. Methodist Church. Donald joined the Army Air Corps just before the war, and survived the attack on Hickam Field, Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. After completing his wartime service, he returned home to marry Edith in July, 1946.
In February, 1947, Edith and Donald adventured into the unknown, driving through a snow-storm up the winding dirt road to the gate of the then-secret town of Los Alamos, NM, where they settled and raised a family. Donald worked as an electrical technician for the Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory until 1966, when he suffered an untimely stroke.
Edith had inherited a family characteristic of resilience, self-sufficiency, and service to others. She was a tireless caregiver. While caring for Donald and her two daughters, she returned to school, earned her Master's degree, and went on to teach 3rd and 4th grades during a 23-year career with Los Alamos schools.
Edith was a founding member of the First Methodist Church of Los Alamos, serving on many of the committees and circles over the years. She was a master cook, winning medals and ribbons for her delectable baked dishes at county and state fairs and delighting family and friends with her southern fried chicken. She loved all sports. As a former basketball coach, she was an avid fan of the game and had a keen eye for strategies and tactics. She had no patience for teams that played dirty. Her sense of sportsmanship and fair play informed her politics.
All who knew her can attest to her Arkansas common sense and deep roots in southern values and culture. It is estimated that she taught over 400 elementary students in Los Alamos. That, plus playing bridge and serving in the church kept her mind sharp and vigorous right up to the end of her long life. She touched countless lives in her community. She will be sorely missed.
Edith is survived by her daughter Nancy and husband Bob Porter of Salt Lake City, Utah; daughter Jan and husband John Eklund of Los Alamos; grandchildren Sylvan Argo and companion Andrew Stocker, Eli Argo, Max Argo, Kristopher Eklund, Darin and Claresa Porter, Benjamin Porter, Matthew and Krystel Porter; and lovely great-grandchildren Alora and Kyla Porter.
Viewing will be from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Aug. 7 at the DeVargas Funeral Home, 623 N Railroad Ave, Española, NM 87532. A service celebrating her life will be held at 11:00 a.m. Aug. 8, at the First Methodist Church of Los Alamos at the corner of Diamond and Trinity. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to your local Parent-Teacher organization to support education for future generations.
DeVargas Funeral Home
623 N. Railroad Ave. Espanola, NM 87532
Published in Los Alamos Monitor from Aug. 7 to Aug. 8, 2014