Hudson - – Suzanne Potts, 91, passed away May 21, 2021. Born in Seaford Delaware, she was the daughter of the late Milman and Louise (Eskridge) Prettyman.
Sue was preceded in death by her husband Richard R Potts Sr. She is survived by daughter Mare (Lynn), sons Richard (Suzanne), Michael, William (Holly); grandchildren: Aurora, Brian, Kevin (Erin); and great grandson William.
Mom peacefully passed away after a long battle with Alzheimer's. Our family is celebrating her life and the way she lived while she enjoyed a long, well lived life.
She was a strong woman during a time in history when women's roles in the family were drastically changing. Our parents had 4 kids in 6 years, while our Dad traveled she was busy with us. They did not live near family and she did a superwoman job raising us. In their early years together they relocated a few times and she refused to unpack after one move. This was understandable, she had 3 little boys under the age of 5 and a girl was on the way. She was right, our Dad was transferred from NJ back to OH within a year. When the youngest entered the 1st grade, she went to work full time as a school teacher at the elementary school we all attended. Our Dad wasn't in favor of this, but she persisted and taught for many years. This provided her a way to establish her financial identity and have her own credit cards at a time when that wasn't the norm. It also helped our parents purchase their dream home in Hudson.
We learned from our parent's how to have civil conversations about politics, marriage, relationships, life and more. Mom was a Democrat, Dad a Republican, their votes canceled each other out, that didn't matter, they discussed politics and voted every election. Mom became very involved in the local League of Women's Voters, becoming a President. She also was an active member of the Zoning Board. Her Grandmother who fought for Women's Voting Rights in Delaware would have been proud of her, I know we were.
Our parents loved each other deeply and supported each other in their individual adventures. She always wanted to travel, she visited Africa, Russia, China, India, New Zealand, Australia, Hawaii and more. She was an independent woman and did many of her travels without our Dad. He traveled the world for work and on his vacations the last thing he wanted to do was to get on a plane.
She loved her dogs, Ricky from her childhood and then Charky, Missy, Shamus, Duffy, Special, Bandit and Smokey. We learned that you respected the dogs, trained them and that if you caused the bite the dog wasn't going anywhere and wasn't at fault.
She loved her husband, the beach, dogs, kids, her family, travel, puzzles, books and more. We told her many times before Alzheimer's took her from us how amazed we were by what she had accomplished. We now celebrate a life that was well lived.
She passed away in the afternoon in time to make Happy Hour with our Dad, her Brother and other family members. We know that she was greeted by our Dad with a "Sue, what took you so long?"
We were very fortunate that our Mom was well taken care of at Laurel Lake in Hudson, OH and by Crossroads Hospice and appreciate all that they did for her over the years.
A memorial service will be held July 17 at 11:00 am at Christ Church Episcopal,21 Aurora Street, Hudson.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Crossroads Hospice & Palliative Care, 9775 Rockside Road Suite 270, Valley View, Ohio 44125 or Christ Church Episcopal, 21 Aurora Street, Hudson, Ohio 44236.
Posted online on June 17, 2021