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Potter, Suzanne

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Suzanne Smith Potter Suzanne Smith Potter, 80, of Martinsburg, West Virginia, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Monday, August 26, 2013. Mrs. Potter was born to the late James H. Smith and Kathryn E. Smith on November 15, 1932, in Charlottesville, Virginia. She was preceded in death by her husband, George F. Potter II. She and George were married 57 years. The oldest of three children, Suzanne grew up in Ivy, Virginia, enjoying the outdoors, friends and the Blue Ridge mountains. Suzanne, a homemaker par excellance, gave herself to the communities where she and George resided. Together they lived in Williamsport and Indiana, Pennsylvania, as well as Burke, Virginia, and here in Martinsburg, for the last 28 years. In Indiana, Pennsylvania, where Suzanne raised their three children, she was active in the P.T.A. organizations in the schools her children attended, as well as the Indiana Garden Club and Child Evangelism Fellowship. She served as a Doncaster Representative and hosted many Rotarians and Rotary exchanges over those years. Suzanne was active in the life of Martinsburg, giving herself to a variety of civic organizations and non-profits. Most notably, she was active in the Arden Tabler CEO, Olde Berkeley Garden Club and GFWC. As a tremendous supporter of Berkeley Senior Services, Suzanne established the Potters Bowl fundraiser and most recently assisted in the initiation of Alzheimer caregiver training. She and George hosted a weekly Bible study in their home for the last 60 years and are credited with establishing the annual Mid Atlantic Grace Bible conference. Suzanne was known for her vivacious energy, bold and outgoing spirit and hospitality. She is survived by her daughter, Sally Potter Piper and husband, Tom, of Chesterfield, Missouri; son, George F. Potter III and his wife, Susannah, of Parkville, Missouri; daughter, Kathryn Brew (Potter) Perez and husband, Danny, of Fayetteville, North Carolina; 11 grandchildren, Laura Piper Ealy, Julia and Suzanne Piper, George F. Potter IV, Andrew, Bennett, and Elizabeth Potter, and Maxton, Landon, Dannon, and Regent Perez. She is additionally survived by her two brothers, James H. Smith III and wife, of Newton, North Carolina, and Edward Smith and wife, of Ivy, Virginia; and sister-in-law, Catherine Potter Herold Allison of Charlottesville, Virginia. A celebration of the 80 years of the life of Suzanne Potter will be conducted at Brown Funeral Home's South Berkeley Chapel in Inwood, West Virginia, on Saturday, October 19, 2013, at 11 a.m. Mr. Jeff Conrad will be officiating. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 9:30 until 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to Berkeley Senior Services, 217 N. High St., Martinsburg, WV 25404; or Hospice of the Panhandle, Inc., 122 Waverly Ct., Martinsburg, WV 25403.

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