GREENFIELD - Patricia ""Pat"" (Stanley) Potter, 75, went home to be with her Lord Jesus Christ on Sunday (2-2-14) at Hospice of the Fisher House in Amherst. She was the daughter of Elmer and Mary (Bogish) Stanley and grew up in Pittsfield, MA.
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Following her graduation from Pittsfield High School, Pat attended UMass Amherst where she met and married her husband Don. After they graduated from college, they began their teaching careers in the state of Washington.
During a six-week trip throughout the western United States, Pat acknowledged her need to give her life to God and became a Christian; a decision that changed and directed the remainder of her life. Later, Pat and Don and their two children moved to Brazil where they worked for five years in a Christian and an International school. Pat and her husband continued their educational careers in Texas, Vermont and Massachusetts. Pat retired from education in 2012 from Mohawk Trail Regional High School.
Lately she enjoyed reading, crossword and jigsaw puzzles, walking, being outdoors and especially gardening.
Pat is survived by her loving husband, Don; her daughter, Heidi (Rudy) Samora of Rockport, TX; her son, Ross (Beth) Potter of the Philippines, and five grandsons: Derek and Brett Samora of Rockport, TX, Zachary and Jake Potter of the Philippines and Luke Potter of Hawaii.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday (2-8-14) at 11 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Colrain.
Calling hours will be held on Thursday (2-6-14) from 5 to 7 p.m. at Walker Funeral Home, 14 High St., Greenfield.
A graveside service will be held on Friday (2-7-14) at 11 a.m. at Green River Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hospice of the Fisher House, 1165 N. Pleasant St., Amherst, MA 01002. Pat's final advice to all is ""Rejoice with me. I've now arrived where heart's desire has longed to be.""
Published in The Recorder from Feb. 3 to Feb. 4, 2014