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Lucy Anne Engle Potts, 92, left this world for her home in Heaven on Oct. 2, 2017, after a brief illness.
She was born on the family farm near Sheridan, Mo., July 9, 1925, the fourth child and only daughter of Milton and Geneva Grace (LaMar) Engle. She married Lyle Harrison Potts in Maryville, Mo., on Aug. 23, 1947. Their marriage was blessed with four daughters, Julia, Nancy, Denise and Ruth, which Lucy continued raising after Lyle died in 1967. As a young widow age 41, she set a marvelous example of courage in adversity.
Lucy loved people and loved life! Wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend to many, Lucy somehow was always able to interject joy into all of the opportunities and challenges life presented.
She worked in Kansas City as a secretary and later assisted Lyle in operating Hiawatha Jewelry in Hiawatha, Kan.
After the family moved to Commerce, in 1966, she served as secretary at the East Texas State University Bookstore. Lucy retired as manager of the University Bookstore in 1988.
Growing up with three brothers, Lucy learned to love sports. She started a girls softball league in Hiawatha, Kan., so her daughters would have the opportunity to enjoy the game as much as she did. Looking for a way to be out of doors after work in Commerce, she took up the game of golf, walking all 18 holes as long as she could and was Ladies Golf Champion at Sand Hills Country Club in 1990 and 1992.
Lucy is survived by her four daughters, Julia and Frank Dunlap, Nancy and Bill Montgomery, Denise and Danny Smith and Ruth Potts (Koester); nine grandchildren, Stephanie (Dunlap) Megibben, Zane Montgomery, Victoria (Montgomery) Robbins, Ryon Montgomery, Robyn Smith, Eric Smith, Anthony (Tony) Koester, Matthew Koester, and Laura (Koester) Turner; and seven great-grandchildren. Lucy also leaves many nieces, nephews and loving friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Lyle; brothers, Allyn, Milton, Jr. and John Engle; and her beloved grandchildren, Nicole Montgomery and Nathan Dunlap.
Lucy, who was also called Mom and Meemaw, was the family's nurturer, example, and the rock of the family and she will be missed dearly.
A lifetime Methodist, Lucy was an active member in Commerce until ill health prevented it.
A memorial service will be held at First United Methodist Church of Commerce, 1709 Highway 24 in Commerce at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) or the First United Methodist Church, Commerce. Donations can be made to the church and designated Lucy Potts / UMCOR.
Published on October 4, 2017
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