Marietta A. Potter
Former Pelham, NH librarian,
established the Pelham Food Pantry; 79
PELHAM, NH -- Marietta A. Potter, 79, a long-time resident of Pelham, NH, passed away at her home on May 1, 2014 surrounded by her loving family from complications of breast cancer.
She was born in Lowell, MA on March 13, 1935; daughter of the late Mr. & Mrs. William Flanagan.
Marietta was a deeply caring and loving person. She was a shining example of how people should lead their lives. She was the Pelham Town Librarian for many years, where she read to all the town's children. It was at her position with the Library, where she realized there were families in the town that were unable to feed their children. Through her faith and with the help of the St. Patrick's Church, she established the Pelham Food Pantry. For over 20 years, the Pelham Food Pantry has fed children in need, and to date feeds over 100 families per year. In 2011, the Town of Pelham dedicated its annual report to her, in dedication to feeding the hungry. In previous years, she was chosen as the Grand Marshall at Pelham's Annual Old Home Day Parade for her dedication to volunteerism. She was also a member of the Women's Guild and Red Hat Society.
Her passion for travel led her to all places throughout the Western Hemisphere, but her favorite destinations were the White Mountains and York Beach, Maine.
She is survived by her loving husband, Charles Potter; her sister, Linda Souza; her brother, James Flanagan and sister-in-law, Charleen Flanagan; her three daughters, Charlene Perrin, Brenda Rutherford and son-in-law, John Rutherford, Annette Jeanson and son-in-law, John Jeanson. She leaves the world a much better place for her nine grandchildren, Jason Rutherford, Michael Dionne and his wife, Maureen, Hailee Perrin, Tyler Perrin, John Patrick Jeanson and his fiancé Amber Pelletier, Joshua Jeanson, Travis Jeanson and significant other, Emily Barnaby, Bryana Kelly and her husband, Patrick, Nicholas Rutherford and his fiancée, Nicole Shawver; and four great-grandchildren, Jason Rutherford, Lili Rutherford, Mikayla Dionne, Lincoln Dionne and soon to be Baby Kelly.
She also leaves many nieces and nephews and her dear friend, Kay Neskey.
A memorial service is planned for 11 A.M. on Monday, May 5 at St. Patrick's Church in Pelham, NH. In lieu of flowers, a memorial contribution can be made in Marietta's memory to the St. Patrick's Food Pantry, 12 Main Street, Pelham, NH 03076 or
Published in Lowell Sun on May 4, 2014