Marie M. (Varrieur) Potter


Marie M. (Varrieur) Potter, age 97, of Hart Avenue, Warwick, passed away quietly on Thursday, August 3, 2017. She was the wife of the late Charles E. Potter, Jr., a U.S. Navy veteran. They were married for 42 years at the time of his passing in 1992.

Born at home in the Apponaug section of Warwick on April 1, 1920, to parents of French-Canadian heritage, she was the daughter of the late Arthur H. and Marie E. (Boulay) Varrieur. She lived in Warwick for most of her life. Marie had an excellent memory of her 97 years, and would recount stories of her father, who was a blacksmith in Apponaug, and helped to build the Aldrich Estate and the tower on Tower Hill Road. Marie was a good cook, baker, and seamstress. She loved her cats and owned many over the years. She loved to bird-watch and feed the birds and squirrels in her backyard. She was an avid Red Sox fan. Marie was a member, Past Master, and Past Lecturer of the old Warwick Grange, which was founded by her husband’s grandfather. She was a member of the Kent County Grange, RI State Grange 6th Degree, National Grange 7th Degree, and the Past-Masters Association. She was also a member of the Warwick Historical Society, Pawtuxet Senior Citizens and the Norwood 55 Plus Club.

She leaves two sons and three daughters, John E. Potter (his wife Shirley) of Florida; Ann M. Coughlin (James) of Lisbon Falls, ME; Paul R. Potter (the late Terrie) of Warwick, Lorraine E. Potter-Cooper (James) of Warwick, and Joan L. Clegg (Christopher) of Cumberland; seven grandchildren: Kevin, Kelly, Christine, Jason, Justin, Benjamin, and Daniel; and eight great-grandchildren: Kayla, Jazmine, Eric, Ava, Miles, Emily, Treyz, and Stefan.

Her funeral will be held on Friday, August 11, at 10 a.m. from the Barrett & Cotter Funeral Home, 1328 Warwick Avenue, Spring Green, Warwick, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. in St. Timothy Church, 1799 Warwick Avenue, Warwick. Relatives and friends are invited any may visit at the funeral home on Friday from 8:30-10 a.m.

Burial will be in the Rhode Island Veterans Cemetery, Exeter.


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