Norwich - Eileen Potter died Tuesday, July 3, 2011.
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Eileen was born on March 23, 1923, in Salinas, Calif. to James and Hazel Moxley. She had three sisters: Alice, Marianna, and Vanita; a step-father, Ernest Skewes; and several nieces and nephews. She graduated from Salinas Union High School in 1941 where she lettered in tennis, and then attended Salinas Jr. College for one year. After that, she moved to San Francisco to work for the Union Pacific Railroad for four years so that she could save up enough money to go to the Baptist Missionary Training School in Chicago. She graduated in June of 1948 and then came to Norwich to become the director of christian education at Central Baptist Church, where she met her husband, Lloyd A. Potter, and has been a member ever since. Lloyd and Eileen were married on April 25, 1953, and then built their home on Canterbury Tpk., where Eileen continued to live until her death, after Lloyd passed away in 2005.
She had a wonderful caregiver named Dila who was with her the last 4 1/2 years of her life, which allowed her to remain in her home, as were her wishes. There were many challenges for her, including a broken hip and Alzhiemers Disease. Eileen was also a social worker, a kindergarten teacher in the Norwich school system, a seamstress, a crafter, and a travel agent. She enjoyed traveling around the country and the globe and was able to see most of the places on her bucket list. She was also an avid bowler and bowled up until she broke her hip in Dec. of 2007.
She is survived by her sister, Vanita Brown of Medford, Oregon; daughter, Janet Jeffcoat and son-in-law, Rick Jeffcoat, of Ledyard; her good friend and frequent travel companion, Inger King; and her caregiver, Dila Muratova.
A Memorial Service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 14, at Central Baptist Church, Union Square, Norwich, with a reception to follow. If you are able to attend, please wear something purple, her favorite color.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Central Baptist Church in her memory.
To leave an online condolence for the family, please visit www.Churchandallen.com
Published in The Day on July 7, 2012