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Waterford - Joan (Lippincott) Potts, 74, died on Tuesday, April 1, 2014, in her home in Waterford.

She was born in Philadelphia, Pa., on Nov. 1, 1939, the daughter of Elinor and Bradford Lippincott. She was married at St. John's Lutheran Church in Ocean City, N.J. on May 29, 1959 to George Potts, who passed away on Aug. 15, 2010, at the age of 75.

Joan is survived by two daughters, Joanne "Jodie" Sutton and Amy Jo Potts; a son-in-law, Ted Sutton; and three grandchildren, John, Joseph, and James Senese.

Joan grew up with her grandmother, Emma, and lived most of her life in Ocean City. During her high school years, she had various summer jobs, including a saltwater taffy packer and wrapper at Shriver's Saltwater Taffy on the boardwalk, which had a coveted job perk of free samples. Managing to avoid cavities and diabetes, she graduated from Ocean City High School in 1957 and worked for the Prudential Insurance Company in Linwood, N.J., until the birth of her first child, Jodie in 1961, when she became a full-time domestic engineer. Several years after a second child in 1965, she became a dispatcher for the Cape May County Rescue Squad in Ocean City.

Slowly realizing she needed employment outside the home to maintain her sanity, Joan rejoined the Prudential workforce in 1976, working on medical claims until 1997, when the Prudential AARP contract expired. Very much liking the "getting paid" aspect of work, she subsequently worked as a receptionist and gal Friday, as she called herself, (interestingly, on all days, not just Fridays) at a few real estate offices in Ocean City over the years, finally ending up with Fox Real Estate team. She truly enjoyed helping and working with her officemates; though she had favorites, she refused to disclose that information to avoid hurt feelings of "the others."

Joan had survived breast cancer, though once lucid, elected to not follow through on her drug-induced agreement extracted by her youngest daughter after surgery to get matching "The Grim Reaper Can Kiss My A$$" tattoos. Several years later and a year after becoming a widow, she also battled aggressive bladder cancer with inspiring courage. After Hurricane Sandy provided the family home in Ocean City with an unwanted indoor swimming pool the following year, she moved from her home of over fifty years to start a new, drier chapter of her life in Waterford with her youngest daughter.

She enjoyed road trips (as long as she didn't have to drive), New England autumn foliage (the snow, not so much), mountain climbing (as long as she did not have to walk too much), talking with strangers (which oddly, she had always advised her children against), attending Naval functions and events (in spite of having to dress up), and bird watching in the back yard.

There will be no viewing as Joan thought that in death she should get a break and not be forced to dress up or put on makeup. Funeral arrangements will be private.

In lieu of flowers, a donation to St. John's Lutheran Church in Ocean City, N.J. or Waterford Senior Services in Waterford would be appreciated.

In lieu of donations, she would encourage visiting or making a call to family or friends you haven't spoken with in a while.
Published in The Day on Apr. 3, 2014
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