Jean B. Potter

Jean B. Potter, 79+1, of Bridgton and Fort Lauderdale died peacefully on Jan. 2, 2011, surrounded by members of her loving family. Jean was born July 19, 1930 in Bristol, Conn. She was the only daughter of Donald H. and Catherine S. Browne. Jean was raised in Needham, Mass. and graduated from Needham High School. Jean went on to graduate from Westbrook Junior College of Westbrook, Maine, where she met her husband, Frederick M. Potter, of Bridgton, Maine. They were married July 29, 1951 and were married 55 years before her husband’s passing in 2007. Jean and Fred raised their five children in Bridgton.

Jean was involved in many clubs and groups throughout her life. She held positions of president of the St. Joseph’s Women’s Club, member of the Evening Extension, Bridgton Highland Women’s Golf League, Girl Scout Leader, president of the Hospital Guild, volunteer ski teacher and volunteer at area schools. She was also a member of Park City Shuffleboard and Park City Petanque Club in Florida.

Jean enjoyed skiing at Pleasant Mountain, and was always up for taking her children on the spur of the moment adventures. Jean was a substitute teacher at SAD 61 for many years. She and her husband, Fred, were owners of Westwood Cottages and several rental properties in Bridgton.

She was predeceased by her husband Frederick and her daughter-in-law Lynn Potter. She is survived by her children, Kathleen Potter of New Gloucester, Deborah Potter of North Berwick, Pamela Potter of Lyndeborough N.H., Mark Potter of Cape Elizabeth, and James Potter and his wife Sarahjo of Sebago. She is also survived by 10 grandchildren, Amy Kogut and her wife Martha of Jamaica Plain, Mass., Adam Zalgenas of Wareham, Mass., Bradford Potter of Provincetown, Mass., Andrea Zalgenas of Osterville, Mass., Eric Zalgenas of Osterville Mass., Jessica Potter of Biddeford, Samantha Potter of Standish, Matthew Kogut of Burlington Vt., Mark Potter Jr. and his wife Chelsey of Cape Elizabeth, and Erin Potter of Wells, and 3 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Jan. 29th at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Bridgton.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice.

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