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Marathon Memorial Chapel
Saturday January 11th, 2020
11:00am - 1:00pm

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Betty R. Potter

Betty R. (McMahon) Potter, 86, of Willet, NY, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 8, 2020, at the Guthrie Cortland Regional Medical Center, Cortland, NY, while surrounded by her children.

Betty was born in Willet, NY, on May 11, 1933, the daughter of the late Christopher and Grace Brown McMahon.  A lifelong resident of the area, she was a communicant of St. Stephen’s Catholic Church, Marathon, and had also attended Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, Cincinnatus.  For the past few months, she was a resident of the Elizabeth Brewster House, Homer.  She retired from Polkville Crushed Stone after several years of service.  Prior to that, she had worked at the First National Bank of Cortland, Cincinnatus, Chris Craft Boat Company, Cortland, and Grumman Boat Company, Marathon.  She had also previously worked as a nurse’s aide for the Cincinnatus Central School.  In her younger years, she had attended SUNY Cortland and was proud to be the head majorette during her freshman year of college.  In her spare time, she was an avid bingo player and enjoyed her Friday afternoon board game gatherings with family and friends.  A loving mother and grandmother, Betty lived for her family.

She is survived by her children, Allie C. (Carlene) Potter, Sr., Timothy (Sally) Potter, and Gail (Michael) Parsons, all of Willet, and Theresa (Frank) Suits of Cortland.  She also leaves behind her grandchildren, Allie (Heather Young) Potter, Jr., Bradley (Meagan) Potter, Michael (Shawna Hulbert) Potter, Timothy (Cheryl) Potter, Scott (Jessica) Potter, Frank (Lucila) Suits, III, Peter Suits, Jennifer (Dave) McMasters, Katie (Denis) Niggli and Emily (James) Kissel; great-grandchildren, Trentin, Nolan, Kailee, Kendyl, and Timothy Potter, Hannah, Molly, and Benjamin McMasters, Mark and Ryan Niggli, Liliana Suits, Allison and Abigail Kissel, and two great-grandchildren on the way; her longtime friends since childhood, Margaret Pendell, Barb Lathrop Watrous, and Frances “Bunny” Schank.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband of 49 years, Allie L. Potter, Jr., on March 12, 2003; a brother, Christopher McMahon; a special nephew, Christopher McMahon, Jr., and special cousin, Mabel "Toot" Underwood.

The family will be present to receive friends at the Marathon Memorial Chapel, 4071 State Route 221, Marathon, NY, on Saturday, January 11, 2020, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  There will be no formal funeral service at this time.  A graveside committal service will be held at the Marathon Cemetery at a later time. Expressions of sympathy in memory of Betty may be directed to the Elizabeth Brewster House Recreation Fund, 41 S. Main Street, Homer, NY 13077. 

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A candle was lit in memory of Betty Potter

Ron Anderson Sr. Jan 13 2020 12:00 AM

My thoughts and prayers are with your family. I remember Betty from my days of playing sports with Gail. God bless.

Colette Fritts Jan 13 2020 12:00 AM

Saddened to hear about Betty's passing. Many great memories of times at the Potter home as a kid; Allie and I were pretty tight growing up. Have also kept up through my step-mother, Barb Watros, very close friend of Bettys. May the God of all comfort hold you all close as you remember this special lady! Grace and peace, Jeff Watros

Jeff Watros Jan 11 2020 12:00 AM

Sorry for your loss.

JoAnne West Shippey Jan 11 2020 12:00 AM

Theresa, so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your beautiful family..
God bless, JoAnne Gorman

JoAnne Gorman Jan 10 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Betty Potter

Dawn Luba Jan 9 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Betty Potter

Becky Davis Jan 9 2020 12:00 AM