June 11, 1926 — April 26, 2013
Mary Katherine Potter, 86, passed away peacefully into heaven on April 26, 2013, at Gold Country Health Center among her family members. She was born on June 11, 1926, and raised in Pecos, Texas. Her parents were Max Otto and Rosalia Kelly Otto.
During high school Mary, who had a lifelong love of ice cream, was employed as a “soda jerk” in a drug store. After high school she obtained a job clerking at the Army Air Force base in Pecos, where she met and married B.W. Potter. They moved and lived briefly in Texas, Tempe, Ariz., and Brawley, Calif., and then finally settled in San Diego, Calif.
Mary spent her married years as a devoted housewife and a loving mother. She also had a passion for outdoor gardening. In her 50s she became a CNA, working for Beverly Manor for many years. Eventually, she and B.W. moved to the Placerville area in 1989 to be with her family. She loved working as a cafeteria aide at Gold Oak School District, until she became an amputee. Even with her disability she volunteered for many years at Charles Brown Elementary School, helping her daughter, who was a teacher there.
Mary was a devout Catholic attending St. Patrick Church. Anyone who knew her would always comment how polite, thankful, loving, sweet, generous and energetic she was. Her family nicknamed her the Yellow Rose of Texas. She was an affectionate wife, kind-hearted mother, doting grandmother and a generous great-grandmother. Her husband, B.W., daughter, Shery Robbins, brothers Bob Otto, Jimmy Otto, preceded her in death. She is survived by her daughter, Kathy Eddinger; son-in-law, Tom Eddinger; three grandchildren, Rob W. Brice (wife Mary Brice), Christie Boyer (husband Joel Boyer) and Jay Eddinger; three great-grandchildren, Robert P. Brice, Alex Brice and Brigitte Boyer; a brother, Elmer Otto of Chicago, Ill.; and a sister, Joyce Ashmore, of Houston, Texas.
A mass will be said in Mary’s honor. Her family is indebted to the outstanding staff of Gold Country Health Center, who treated her with great respect and dignity, as if she were their family member, too. The family will hold a private memorial and graveside service.