Ruth E. (Goedert) Potter, of Hingham, passed away on July 19, 2018 at the age of 101.
Well my friends, it appears it's time for me to be moving on. I must say I've had a wonderful time and it's been a full and rewarding life. How fortunate I have been to have seen so much and lived so long. For a girl from Inver Grove Minnesota to spend 72 years in Hingham, a town I've loved dearly has been a true blessing.
It all started when I met the charming Captain John lee Potter during the war at Camp lee in Virginia. We were married in 1945 and moved to Hingham in 1946. Johnny was a Hingham native and I was welcomed into the family by Orpha and Eugene Potter along with Uncle Wesley T. lee and Aunt Alice. They were the kindest of people and they quickly showed me how unique and special this community is. It was their spirit of community involvement and volunteerism that I quickly inherited and have tried my best to emulate. I loved my years helping out at the library, St. John's Church, the Thrift Shop and the Senior Center. I was even named "Citizen of the Year" in 2013 which was a shock and a true honor. I actually think it was given to me in recognition of all the trash I'd picked up along 3A.
Johnny and I were fortunate to have such a wonderful collection of dose friends. So many of them have already moved on to their reward and I look forward to joining them at that glorious cocktail party in the sky. Fred and June, Kayo and Whit, Frank and P.G., Rudolph and Nan, Faye and Franny, all will be gathered around the piano and Johnny will be Singing his unique rendition of "Sweet Sue".
I'll miss my times with son Dave, his wife Janine and the grand kids Tyler and Sarah. We always had such a great time when they were in town which was quite often. Even though they live in Carmel, California they were here almost every month to drop by for a morning cup of coffee, an evening bourbon or dinner and a movie. I hope they keep their apartment on the square and carry on the Potter family tradition of "living life to the fullest".
It's been quite a ride and although there have been moments of sadness as friends and family have passed away, I've always preferred to focus on the positive. With that in mind, thank you all for making my life so enjoyable and thank you Hingham for letting me be a part of this incredible place.
Until we meet again;