Mother of John Potter
Middleton, WI
Vivian Potter passed away peacefully in her sleep, at the Middleton Village Nursing Center, on Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2004, surrounded by her family. Vivian Potter had lived at the Middleton Nursing Center since 1999, where she enjoyed afternoons with her late husband, Van Potter, who always brought her tea, a tradition in the Potter family. Vivian was born in Brookings, S.D., on Sept. 22, 1915, to Carl and Nora Christensen. She attended South Dakota State College, where her father was professor of music and director of the hand and orchestra. She received a degree in home economics, and later moved to Madison in 1935, where she married Van Potter. Van Potter became a professor of oncology at UW-Madison and the McCardle Memorial Institute of Cancer Research. Van and Vivian lived in Madison all their lives. Vivian Potter loved literature, poetry, jazz and classical music. She enjoyed swimming and was an excellent bridge player. She loved travel and lived in Sweden with her husband from 1938 until 1940. Later, she spent time in Europe and South America. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends, as well as the loving and attentive staff at the Middleton Village Nursing Center. She is survived by her daughter, Karin Potter Simon, and her sons, John Potter, and Carl Potter and his wife, Kathy Tenney Potter, who devotedly came every morning to quietly check in on Vivian; six grandchildren, Lisa Bonvicini, Mabs Potter, Joshua Simon, Jeremy Simon, Eleanora Archie and Jesse Simon; and four great-grandchildren, Emma and Britta Baer Simon, and Alexander and Lauren Rose Archie.
Cress Funeral & Cremation Service
3610 Speedway Road
(608) 238-3434
www.cressfuneralservice.com

 

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