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    Betty E. Potter, age 88, of Lamar passed away Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at Truman Healthcare Center.

    Betty was born December 15, 1925 in Clinton, Oklahoma; one of the three children, and only daughter of Lotan and Annie (Willsey) Collier.  After graduating from Clinton High School, she met Bob Potter, a Missouri sailor serving at Clinton Sherman Naval Air Station.  They were married January 21, 1944 and had celebrated 55 years together before his death on May 12, 1999.  She was also preceded in death by her parents and a nephew, Steve Collier.

     In addition to being a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother, Betty was a hospitable homemaker with an open door and welcoming heart for family, neighbors, and friends.  She and Bob owned and operated Bob Potter Mens Wear on the Lamar Square for many years.  Betty will also be remembered by many as their Fashion 220 or Melaleuca representative.  She was a member of the Lamar United Methodist Church, where she was active in the Esther circle of the United Methodist Women, a 50 year member of Mount Hope Chapter, Order of Eastern Star, and Lamar Literary Guild.

     Survivors include children, LaMalva (Don) Keithly, Gary (Julie) Potter, and Mike Potter, all of Lamar, Janet (Steve) Bowman, Rogersville, Missouri, and Kimbi (Mike) Tidball, Carthage; two brothers, Morris (Aleta) Collier, Lincoln, Nebraska and Weldon (Patsy) Collier, Weatherford, Oklahoma; grandchildren, Greg (Aimee) Keithly, Stacey Keithly, Joshua (Laura) Keithly, Erin (Levi) Keithly-Coats, Nathan Bowman, Lynne (Tim) Reo, Celeste (Joe) Chaligoj, Camille Potter (Kenny Blanchard), Ashlee (Chris) Jankowski, Austin Potter, Tyler (Courtney) Tidball, Trevor Tidball, Rachel Bromley and Stacey Bromley.  Betty delighted in her great-grandchildren, Zada Keithly, Ava & Nola Keithly, Henry & Lily Keithly, Garrett Bowman, Kalyn & Kadence Reo, Aidan Potter-Chaligoj, Becca Chaligoj, Amielia Blanchard, Haley & Elena Jankowski, and was looking forward to welcoming her first great-great granddaughter to the family in April.  Betty will also be missed by a host of nieces, nephews and other loving family and friends.

     An Eastern Star service will be conducted at 6:00 p.m. Friday, February 28th at Lamar United Methodist Church, after which the Potter family will receive friends until 8:00 p.m.  Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, March 1st at Lamar United Methodist Church with burial to follow at Moorehead Cemetery.

     Memorial contributions are suggested to Lamar United Methodist Church or Mount Hope Chapter, Order of Eastern Star in care of Daniel Funeral Home.


#4 Grand Prairie, TXDave Bary 2014-03-05 05:44
LaMalva and Family,

So sorry to hear of your mother's passing.
#3 Lamar, MODorothy & Will Snyder 2014-03-04 09:23
LaMalva & Family,

Betty was one of our dearest friends and we have missed her this last year and will continue to remember her for her wit and humor. She always brightened our day. I am sorry we were unable to attend her services. We were still in Arizona. You, and all the family, will be remembered in our prayers. In Christian Love, Will & Dorothy
#2 Janet Feezell Basnett & Husban 2014-02-27 20:23
LaMalva & Family,

My deepest sympathy to you and your family from Gary and me. I know how hard it is to lose a parent. There is a void that cannot be filled & yet, when it is their time to go, and in God's timing, we would not want to bring them back. May your faith in God and the closeness of your family hold you strong and comfort you during this time of sadness. Please know my heart goes out to you and I will be praying for you dear friend. Love you much, Janet Feezell Basnett
#1 Joplin, MOMelissa Felkner 2014-02-26 10:09
Betty was a wonderful friend, and a dedicated Eastern Star member. I have missed her greatly these last couple of years at our meetings. I know she has gone to a better place. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

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