Obituary: Barbara A. Potter – Portland Press Herald

Barbara A Potter

Barbara A. Potter 1942 – 2022 WOOLWICH – Barbara A. Potter, 80, of Barley Neck Road, died Monday 24th October 2022 at Mid Coast Hospital in Brunswick after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. She was born on August 4, 1942 in Attleboro, Mass. to Charles W., Sr. and Barbara (Kenerson) Wilmarth. Barbara graduated from Attleboro High School in 1960 and from the University of Maine, Orono, in 1964 with a BS in Medical Engineering. On June 17, 1967, she married William “Bill” D. Potter, her husband of 55 years. After college, Barbara worked in the laboratory at Maine Medical Center and then at Merrymeeting Medical Group in Brunswick. In 1969, Barbara left the workforce to become a housewife. Although no longer employed, Barbara remained active and volunteered with the American Red Cross, Girl Scouts, Woolwich Central School, the City of Woolwich and the Maine Maritime Museum. When the children were older, after 31 years with the museum, Barbara returned to the staff as the museum’s member secretary until her retirement in 2006. She was an active member and past president of the local Beta Sigma Phi chapter, XI Beta, as well as the DAR’s Topsham-Brunswick chapter, where she was past Regent. When not busy with work or volunteering, Barbara enjoyed traveling with Bill, visiting China, Turkey and Taiwan. She also enjoyed attending her children’s and grandchildren’s activities, sporting events, and artistic endeavors; and spend time with friends. Most of all, Barbara enjoyed being with her family in Maine, Massachusetts and on her beloved Prudence Island in Rhode Island. Barbara is survived by her husband Bill of Woolwich; a daughter, Deborah Cashman and her husband, Matthew, of West Bath; a son, Matthew Potter and his wife, Sasha, of Walpole, Mass.; her brothers Charles Wilmarth Jr. of Warwick, RI and John “Jack” Wilmarth of Attleboro, Mass.; a nephew, Ken Wilmarth of Warwick, RI; and her six grandchildren Molly, Fionna, Colleen, Mischa, Davis and Travis. A memorial service will be held at 10am on Thursday 3 November at the Daigle Funeral Home, 819 High St., Bath. Burial will take place in Oak Grove Cemetery, Bath. Following the funeral, family and friends will gather at the Maine Maritime Museum for refreshments and to share memories. Condolences can be expressed online at Commemorative contributions can be made to the Maine Maritime Museum Development Office 243 Washington St. Bath, ME 04530

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