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Joan Potter

April 30, 1927 - March 5, 2019

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“Mom has died on earth, but is alive in heaven.”

Long time resident and retired BC Telephone employee Catherine Joan Potter (nee Leake) died Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at home.  Joan was born April 30, 1927 on her parents farm at Aylsbury, Saskatchewan.

Joan was predeceased by husband Robert (Bob), son Lee and brother Doug Leake.  She is survived by her sons Ross (Sue) and Vance (Sharon), granddaughter Anneka Erikson (Shayne), grandson Robert, great-granddaughters Alexandra and Aurelia, great-grandson Sterling and sister Doris Brooke, as well as, many family members.

In the early 1930’s the family was forced to leave the farm in Aylsbury due to the “dirty 30’s” drought, and relocate to Renown, Saskatchewan in hopes of a better life.  Then in 1937 the family moved to Oliver, BC where Joan stayed for the remainder of her life.

Growing up she was a Brownie, a Girl Guide and a Girl Guide leader.

She married Robert (Bob) Potter in 1948 and raised 3 boys, a dog and numerous cats on the family orchard.

Joan worked for BC Tel. for 30 years.  She started as a telephone operator and after one year she was promoted to chief operator and commercial representative.  Later she worked in the commercial office, the Radio Department and finally at the Install and Repair Department.

Joan supported her family, no matter what, they were the priority in her life.  She may not have been directly involved in or at the forefront of an organization or group, but she was always their supporting and doing what ever needed to be done, especially if it involved her husband or children.

Her favourite pastimes included Square Dancing, reading and keeping her yard in tip top shape.  She was a great supporter of the CNIB, Hospice and the Heart and Stroke foundation.  Joan was a devout Christian, she made everyone feel important and always made time for you.  You could not walk away from her without feeling a little bit better about life or yourself.

A service will be held in Oliver on Saturday, March 23, 2019 at 11 a.m. in the Oliver Community Centre, with lunch to follow.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the following would be appreciated:

Okanagan Gleaners Society,

507 No. 3 Road, Oliver, BC, V0H 1T1

Anglican Network in Canada

Box 1013, Burlington, ON L7R 4L8

Condolences may be sent by visiting www.nunes-pottinger.com.

Arrangements entrusted to Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service & Crematorium, Oliver & Osoyoos, BC

 

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From: Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service & Crematorium

Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Kathy Malmberg
Relation: Friend

I am so very sorry to hear of Joan’s passing. Vance, I just loved your Mom. Such a sweetheart. I know how much you will miss her. Please know I am thinking of you.

From: Margaret Harkness
Relation: Friend.

My deepest condolences to all the Potter family. Joan was a wonderful person and never had a bad thing to say about anyone. She will be greatly missed.

From: Norm & Shirley Houle
Relation: friend

Sorry for the loss of your mom. She always had a beautiful smile and friendly hello when we saw her. Forever in your hearts.

From: Liz Kocsis and Corry Zappey
Relation: Friend

So sorry to hear of Joan’s passing. She was a wonderful lady. Sending our condolences to the family.

From: Larraine & John McCarthy
Relation: Community Acquaintance

We are so sorry to hear of your loss. In our early days in Oliver we remember her as a gracious, generous lady who made us feel welcome in our new community. Although we have since moved away from Oliver, Joan is one of the people dearly appreciated. John & Larraine McCarthy

From: Ralph & Sharlene Oslund
Relation: knew her son

We extend our condolences to the family, especially to Vance whom we knew well for many years. Ralph knew the family. May memories of your loved one sustain you in the coming days.

From: Diane Pratt
Relation: friend

A welcoming, kind person. All were blessed who met her. My condolences to her family.

Service Schedule

  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
March 23, 2019
Beginning at 11:00am

Location:
Oliver Community Centre
6359 Park Drive
Oliver, BC Canada

A service will be held in Oliver on Saturday, March 23, 2019 at 11 a.m. in the Oliver Community Centre, with lunch to follow.

 

6359 Park Drive
Oliver, BC Canada

Memorial Gifts

In lieu of flowers, donations to the following would be appreciated:

Okanagan Gleaners Society,

507 No. 3 Road, Oliver, BC, V0H 1T1

Anglican Network in Canada

Box 1013, Burlington, ON L7R 4L8

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