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Wilfreda Potts

Wilfreda G Potts (Gustafson)

Friday, March 2nd, 1934 - Monday, February 24th, 2020
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Wilfreda “Willie” (Gustafson) Potts, 85, formerly of New Canaan, CT, died peacefully at her home at Southgate Retirement Community, Shrewsbury, MA on February 24, 2020 after a short illness.

Wilfreda was born in Austin, Texas to Wilfred and Margaret (Griffith) Gustafson. She graduated from the University of Texas with degrees in English and Secondary Education. Wilfreda was very proud of her Texas heritage. She was born on March 2, Texas Independence Day, and is the great, great, great, granddaughter of Susanna Dickinson, “Messenger of the Alamo”, the wife of Lt. Almeron Dickinson, who with her infant daughter Angelina, survived the famous fall of the Alamo.

Wilfreda was an active member of the New Canaan Congregational Church for thirty-five years where she enjoyed singing in the choir. She also spent many years singing with the New Canaan Park Street Singers. Wilfreda played piano and was an accompanist for the church children’s choir. Sewing, needlepoint, cross-stitch, and knitting were some of her other talents.

Wilfreda worked for many years as a secretary and office manager for Dr. Edward Denkin, DPM at New Canaan Podiatry. She was a long-time member of The American Association of University Women (AAUW) serving for some time as a local chapter secretary. Vacationing in Rehoboth, Delaware was always a highlight for Wilfreda.
She enjoyed time spent with her beloved children and grandchildren, of whom she was very proud.

Pre-deceased by her husband of fifty-five years, Johnny Mack Potts, Wilfreda is survived by her three children and their spouses, Ann Corral (Tino) of Fort Wayne IN, Mary Dennis (Peter) of Franklin, MA, and John Potts (Taryn) of Silver Spring, MD, and her seven grandchildren, Matthew and Hannah Corral, Hilary and Sophie Dennis, and Avery, Colby, and Griffith Potts. Wilfreda is also survived by her brother, Dickinson Gustafson of Forest City, NC and many relatives and dear friends including her Southgate sweetheart, Richard Bertrand. A private memorial will be held at the family’s convenience in the New Canaan Congregational Church Memorial Garden. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the AAUW at www.aauw.org.
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walter pearce

Posted at 02:52pm
I just read about the passing of "willie" potts, I'm a letter carrier for the usps in new canaan ct, i delivered for many years to the office of dr denkin on locust ave, i had the pleasure of knowing mrs potts for many years, she would always greet me with that wonderful smile of hers, we would often chat for 5-10 minutes a day, and tell each other about our lives.I remember Willie's kindness every Christmas when she would bake me one of her wonderful desserts, I'll always cherish the few years we shared together and i will never forget her kindness, we need a world filled with more, willie pott's to make it a better place to live. My condolences to her family, whom she always spoke of, with a sparkle in her eye. Rest in peace my wonderful friend, I'll never forget you.

Robert Godfrey

Posted at 03:55pm
We knew Willie and Johnny from New Canaan. Both were the nicest people you could ever meet, and Willie was such a delight in every respect. When it came to faith and service to her fellow human beings-- as well as the family cats--, Willie not only talked the talk, but walked the walk. There was not an insincere bone in her body. It hurts to think she won't be with us in this life any longer, but it is of much comfort to know she has been reunited with Johnny and has left us all with many wonderful memories of her friendship. RIP. Diane and Robert Godfrey Naples, FL and New Canaan, CT

Carolyn Jewell Escherich

Posted at 08:05am
Mary, just read in the NC Advertiser about the passing of your Mom. I am so sorry for your loss! I will always remember her sweet demeanor and wonderful smile! prayers for comfort to you and your family.

Bill MacCombie

Posted at 11:57pm
So sorry to hear of Willie
‘s passing. She was the light of my dad’s life for his last years... We should all be so lucky for that gift of true friendship. RIP Willie, and I hope they have town spa pizza for you guys there!

Alison Balfour

Posted at 12:13pm
So sad to hear about Willie. She was so sweet and her slight southern drawl so adorable. I will forever remember her voice, her love of classical music, her love of cats, her love of her family, and her child-like delight of snow. RIP Willie.

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