Lois Alene (Bixby) Potter was a loving wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, grandmother, mother-in-law, great-aunt, and friend. She was exceptional. Lois was born in Fresno, California, on May 9, 1930. Born into poverty, she worked hard and improved her circumstances. She graduated at the top of her high school class, graduated from Fresno State College, and went on to receive her Master’s
Degree in Religious Education from Pittsburgh-Xenia Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania. She nurtured a close relationship with God and, while at seminary, found a life partner, Doug, who cherished the same values. Rooted deeply in Christian values, their marriage lasted almost 62 years. They were a spiritual team for congregations in Ohio, Maryland, Nebraska, and Minnesota. Additionally, Lois was a mission
leader, was active in the Presbyterian Women’s group at both local and national levels, and thoroughly enjoyed her various Circle and Bible Study groups. Lois loved music, playing the violin, piano, bells, and organ—and was a singer, too. She had a passion for travel and other cultures and visited China, New Zealand, Central America, Europe, and almost every state in the U.S. Lois adored her family. She taught her girls how to “celebrate people’s differences”, showed them how to forgive, and set the bar for compassion. She cooked, baked, gardened, quilted, crocheted, knitted, and created many art projects with her girls when they were young and faithfully wrote them much-anticipated weekly letters once they left home. She was simultaneously their rock and North Star.Private family service Wednesday, Calvin Presbyterian. Public visitation Tuesday 6-8PM at Calvin Presbyterian Church 177 Glendale Drive, Long Lake
We were so blessed to have been given the gift that was Lois.
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