Lucy Potts, 91, of Purcellville, VA passed away on July 9, 2017. She is survived by her husband Edwin Potts, Sr. her son Edwin Potts, Jr. (Marty Potts), her two daughters Sarah Ruth Lam (Joe Lam) of Stanardsville, VA and Patsy Props (Charlie Props) of Mt. Solon, VA. She was the grandmother of 8 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren, and affectionately called “Mammaw” and “Different-Mammaw,” and “Grandma.”
Lucy was born on November 19, 1925 in Jonesville, VA, the daughter of Ernest Hooper Bowling and Sarah Johns Bowling. She is preceded in death by her brother Ernest Bowling and sister Sarah Ipok. She is survived by her sister Harriet Stokes.
Lucy was very active and involved in the church and community. Following her marriage in 1948, she became a member of Bethany United Methodist Church and was instrumental in starting the pre-school program there. She was a valued and honored member of the Loudoun Inova Hospital Ladies Board, notably served as a co-chairman of the annual Rummage Sale. She served in numerous leadership positions in 4-H, Farm Bureau, Southern States Ladies Board, Home Interest Club, and bridge club. In addition, she provided historical accounts as well as copy-editing work to books and articles written about Loudoun County.
Her children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews have many fond memories of her peach ice cream, fried chicken, and no-nonsense manner. She tutored many in math, encouraged their music lessons, and together with Granddaddy took each grandchild on a vacation when they were 9 years old.
Lucy worked as a math teacher and guidance counselor for Loudoun County Public Schools, retiring after 30 years of service. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Longwood University in 1946, and a Master’s degree from University of Virginia in 1971.
Lucy farmed with her husband on Orchard Crest, Inc in Purcellville, VA until shortly before her death. She managed the bookkeeping, taxes, and also milked, fed, and tended to cows along with operating machinery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made Bethany UMC, Handicap Accessibility Fund PO Box 487, Purcellville VA 20134 or Lights of Love, The Ladies Board, PO Box 6115, Leesburg VA 20178.
Please visit hallfh.com to express online condolences to the family. Arrangements by Hall Funeral Home, Purcellville, VA.