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POTTER, Jean M. (MacCormick) Of Arlington, age 89. Passed away peacefully at home with her family on Friday, July 3. Survived by her four children: Anna Potter of Vermont, and Anna's daughter, Marguerite Dooley of Chicago; Andrew Potter, his wife Anne Donovan and their son Owen Potter, of...

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I remember the first time I met "Mrs. Potter" (always said in reverent tones) almost 20 years ago now. We had been told she was the best person in Arlington to help our son but that it was very hard to get a spot in her program. My sons and I were playing at Robbins Farm Park one day and noticed a gathering of kids and families. We walked over and asked what the party was about. They explained it was Arlington Heights Nursery School's summer picnic - "Mrs. Potter" was...

The photos I'm sharing are from a party I hosted after Jean announced her retirement as director of Arlington Heights Nursery School several alumni kids and families gathered to pay our respects. It was such a fun evening, and I think it's clear how much every person gathered adult and child loved her and wanted to be closer to her!

- Jen D-K

I so loved your Mom! Upon coming into Arlington Heights Nursery school so many years ago for the first time, I was so impressed. Her loving, nurturing personality radiated throughout the school. She was so kind and inclusive and made such a difference to so many families including mine. We will always think of her with such fond memories and will miss her so much! Very deepest sympathies to your family and to Arlington! This town has lost a true gem but her legacy will continue with AHNS and...

Jean and AHNS alumni

We are so grateful that Jean was part of our lives. Choosing a preschool can be nerve-wracking, and Jean set us at ease instantly. What a fascinating women she was, and how instinctively she understood children! I loved every conversation I had with her. She was such a gift to the children of Arlington, and we will remember her with great joy forever.

- The Davis-Kay family

Margaret - Although we didn’t have the pleasure of knowing your mom, we have heard that she was a wonderful, warm, dedicated person. You must be proud to have her as a role model and to have called her “mom.”

I always enjoyed seeing Jean at AHNS when I worked there. She was always cheerful, and I appreciate the influence she had on the development of the school. My sympathy to Margaret and the rest of her family.
Sue Janowitz

I had so many wonderful conversations with Jean, ranging from quick chats in the neighborhood to in depth talks about Arlington history and women's rights. I admired Jean's great life force and spirit of adventure....and i absolutely loved it when she laughed. Irresistablr.

My heart is breaking that we have lost this wonderful woman. She accomplished so much in her life. What a sweet sweet woman. I am so glad I was able to reconnect with her in the past few years after having known her when I was a child. Mrs. Potter, we will really miss you. May you Rest In Peace and known you will always be in our hearts. Margaret and Andy, my loving hugs go out to you and all your family.