Agnes Potter

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Potter, Agnes
Agnes H. Potter died on July 26, 2016 at her home in Old Greenwich, CT. The cause of death was esophageal cancer. She was 83 years old and had lived in her home for 44 years.
She was born on September 17, 1932, in Bronxville, NY, the first child of Helen Spaidal, founder of The Scarsdale Bookshop, and George Fredrick Hawkins, an Army colonel. Agnes attended Smith College, where she developed her talent for writing, winning Vogue Magazine's Prix de Paris writing contest with Vogue Magazine in her senior year.
During college Agnes, whose beauty was admired by many, modeled for the prominent sculptor, Reginald Marsh. His sculpture of Princess Oleeta, part of a larger group depicting local Native Americans still stands at Tomoka State Park in Ormond Beach, Florida.
Although raising a family became her primary focus, she continued to write and published several articles, including "A Walk with An Existing Nonconformity" in the NY Times, which described her neighborhood in Old Greenwich in wry terms.
She was one of the founding members of the Greenwich NAACP in Greenwich, and continued as a member throughout her life. She was active in the League of Women Voters and the Democratic Women's Club, and worked the polls on election day for many years. Agnes also had a strong creative bent, and enjoyed rug hooking, painting and gardening.
In her later years, Agnes devoted much of her time to the study of the literature of James Joyce, in which she became engrossed through her friendship with the local Joyce scholar, Jesse Myers. She also carried on a correspondence with the comedian Dave Barry, with whom she shared a love of the absurd and wrongful turns of phrase. She sat on the Post Office Grievance Committee and maintained a garden at the Post Office for years, which was a delight to everyone in the community.
Agnes was married twice: first to David P. Lighthill , now of Columbus, Ohio, and later to Dr. William H. Potter of Buffalo, NY, who pre-deceased her. She is survived by two sisters; Mary Evans and Helen Hawkins, both of Bristol, RI; two children, Amy M. Lighthill of Atlanta, Georgia, and Melissa Bissell of Old Greenwich, Ct ; five grandchildren, and one great grandchild. A celebration will be held in the future. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Doctors Without Borders, of Agnes's, or order a martini at the City Limits Diner in her memory.
Published in GreenwichTime on July 29, 2016
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