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POTTER, Elizabeth W.

Elizabeth W. Potter was born in Hartford, on July 17, 1922, to Warren and Charlotte (Willcox) Willsey. She died Wednesday, (December 10, 2003) at her home. She attended Wethersfield schools and graduated from Wethersfield High in 1940. At the University of CT, she majored in political science, graduating in 1944. While there, she joined the Theta sorority, a group she stayed connected with throughout her life. As an avid UCONN sports fan, she returned to campus regularly to offer passionate support. During World War II, Bette worked at Brainard Field for American Airlines. It's there that she was swept off her feet by naval officer, Hobart L. Potter Jr. Hobie and Bette married on Oct. 15, 1944 in Nashville, TN. After the war, they returned to Connecticut, where Hobie began his insurance career and Bette began their family. Throughout the years, Bette maintained a passionate interest in politics. In Wethersfield, she became a leader in such organizations as the League of Women Voters and the Democratic Town Committee. In the 1960's, Bette was elected to the Wethersfield Town Council and eventually served as Wethersfield's first woman to hold the office of Deputy Mayor. Additionally, Bette was a devoted volunteer. Meals on Wheels, Dollars for Scholars, and The Greater Hartford Intercommunity Mental Health organization all benefited from her great energy and commitment. Bette lived her life with unsurpassed passion, whether it was for politics, Dixieland music, the UCONN Huskies, or the many causes she believed in. Bette's jubilant smile could light a room. The home she and Hobie created on Wolcott Hill Road was a hub of social, athletic and intellectual activity for a generation of Wethersfield youth. Bette encouraged, counseled and inspired countless young adults to discover and pursue their dreams. She was a woman of action, a dedicated public servant, a devoted wife and mother, and a caring friend. Bette was predeceased by her adoring husband, Hobie, and first son, John. Bette leaves to mourn her passing, two sons, Richard Potter of Waitsfield, VT and Steve Potter of Wethersfield. She also leaves two daughters-in-law, Peggy Sparks Potter and Gail McCarthy Potter. Bette was blessed with five grandchildren: Charlotte, Grace, and Lee of Waitsfield and John and Kate of Wethersfield. Bette is also survived by her two loving brothers, Warren G. Willsey Jr. of Wethersfield, and Lynn Willsey of Glastonbury and their families, and a host of loving friends. A service of remembrance will be held Monday, December 15, at 2 p.m. at the First Church of Christ, 250 Main St. Wethersfield with the Rev. Persh Parker officiating. There are no calling hours. Burial is private. Memorial contributions, in lieu of flowers, may be made to either Dollars for Scholars, PO Box 290338, Wethersfield 06109 or The Alzheimer's Assn., 96 Oak Street, Hartford 06106. The James T. Pratt Funeral Service of Wethersfield has care of arrangements.

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Published in Hartford Courant on Dec. 12, 2003.
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January 4, 2004
My sympathy to all on Bette's passing. I was their "mail lady" for the time they resided at South Mill. We shared a love of the UConn Huskies and one night with a snowstorm on the way she called and asked "last minute" if I would like the tickets to that night's game. I jumped at the chance, had a great time and storm turned out to be ice, so it was a real challenge to get home, an evening I'll never forget. They were a sweet, endearing couple and I miss them.
Dianne Dixon
December 21, 2003
Dear Steve & Sparky:

We share with you a deep sense of loss with the passing of your mother, our friend, Bette. But what will live on with us (and I am sure with you both) are wonderful memories of a truly free spirit, a deep thinker, a concerned citizen, a real doer of good, an ardent participant in and supporter of sports, a warm and always happy friend - in all a beautiful person.

Along with your late Dad, Hobie she shared some of the happiest times in our life and we shall remember.

With love and 2004 blessings,
Carole & George Katz
December 15, 2003
Dear Steve and Sparky,

We were saddened to hear of Bette's passing and know we have lost one of our lifelong good friends. She was such a wonderful person and with her charming personality whenever she entered a room she lit it up with her infectious enthusiasm. We have many happy memories of the fun times we had with Hobie and Bette. She was a fine lady who will be greatly missed. Our sympathy to you both, your families and to Bill and Lynn.
Welles and Grace Adams
December 12, 2003
My parents and I send our deepest sympathies in the passing of your mother. I haven't seen her in many years but know that she was a good friend to my mother. Her public achievements will long be remembered. Our condolences!
Andrew Adil
December 12, 2003
Dear Boys,

Your mother was a very special person, with her beautiful smile she greated everyone she meet. It was a pleasure knowing her.
Dick & Carol Ann Sparveri
December 12, 2003
Dear Steve,

I'm so sorry to hear of Bette's passing. I truly counted her as a friend, not client, and always enjoyed our appointments and lunches! I know she is happy to be with Hobie, and I am smiling for that reason....

My best to all the family; you are all in my thoughts.

Jeanne' Neubelt
December 12, 2003
My sincere condolences to all Betty's family, especially her brothers, Bill and Lynn, her children and grandchildren. She was such a vibrant, dynamic person whom everyone admired. I have looked up to her ever since we were kids and next-door neighbors on Rosedale St. She was such a star in Weth. H. S., and great contributor to community life in her town. We should all praise this fine woman and be very proud to have had such a fine person in our midst.
My deep sympathies, Roy Nierendorf
Roy Nierendorf
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