SUN CITY CENTER, FL – Helen Potter of Sun City Center, FL passed away in Springfield, IL at age 86 from complications following surgery. Helen was visiting her oldest daughter, Peggy Ryder, in Springfield when she was suddenly hospitalized. She was preceded in death by her husband, Gene Potter.
Helen was an avid reader who often finished several books per week. She played bridge, belonged to a book club and a theatre-goers group, and played golf regularly until she was 85.
Helen traveled extensively in recent years, usually with her children or to visit them. In the last few years, she had been on cruises to the Panama Canal, the Inside Passage in Alaska, the Exumas in Bahama, and the Caribbean; to New York City (for the first time, at age 84); to Washington D.C.; across the Canadian Rockies by train; and from Denver to San Francisco by train.
Helen was extremely proud of her five children, eight grandchildren and one great-granddaughter: Peggy of Springfield, a community volunteer and retired teacher (Husband, Tom Ryder, son Josh, his wife, Allyn and their daughter Finley; son Tim and his wife Rebecca), Rick of Frankfort, IL, who is retired from the Postal Service (sons Dustin Osuch and Bret Potter), Lori of Denver, a lawyer (husband, Eric Perryman, son Jules and daughter Avery), Alison of Charlotte, NC, an interior designer (husband Paul Purificato, sons Rex and Quinn), and Molly of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, an artist and art teacher (husband Charles Thayer).
A service for the immediate family was held in Springfield, IL on September 22. Helen will be buried next to her husband, Gene, in the columbarium at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Helen’s name to Sun City Center Library, 1011 N. Pebble Beach Blvd., Sun City Center, FL 33573, or Southeastern Guide Dogs, Inc., 4210 77th St. East, Palmetto, FL 34221.
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