Betty Jane Martin Potvin, 85, of Spotsylvania, formerly a resident of Woodbridge, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, May 13, 2018, at the home of her daughter, who lovingly cared for her there for more than 10 years.
Born in Bainbridge Township, MI, on her grandparents' farm on June 5, 1932, Betty was the daughter of the late Lila Alice Peters and Eugene Frank Martin. She graduated from Jackson High School, Jackson, MI, in 1950 and was awarded a BA in Education in 1955 from the University of Michigan. For three years she taught at Okemos Jr HS, in Okemos, MI. Betty then taught for the United States Dependent School System at bases in France and Turkey. She married Frank Potvin on June 10, 1960, in Chateauroux, France. They returned to the U. S. in 1961 with Frank teaching at Quantico High School. With her youngest in elementary school, Betty resumed teaching mathematics at Fred Lynn Middle School in Prince William County, VA, for seventeen years until she and Frank retired in 1990. She loved her students throughout her career as a teacher and was remembered fondly by them. Betty enjoyed traveling and the educational opportunities provided by activities such as a bicycle trip across Europe, excursions while stationed overseas, and summers spent camping across the U. S. (including Alaska) with her family. After retirement, she and Frank attended Elderhostels and treasured their times with family on cruises and other trips. She also kept a remarkable life-long habit of writing letters to friends and family to keep in touch. A member of the Catholic Church, she attended Mass at the U.S. Marine Memorial Chapel at Quantico.
Survivors include her devoted children, Frank (Jana), Michael (Jill), Richard (Jean), Douglas (Sara), and Lisa Byrd (Lane); and 14 grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 41 years, Frank Leo Potvin; and her brother, Richard Eugene Martin.
A graveside service for the family will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, May 17 at Quantico National Cemetery.
The family wishes to thank Mary Washington Hospice and Visiting Angels caregivers for their compassionate care in her final weeks.
Quantico National Cemetery
Thursday May 17th, 2018
18424 Joplin Road
Triangle, VA 22172
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Condolences on the loss of such a wonderful mother to you and wife to Frank with whom I taught at Quantico High School for 25 years. I remember so vividly you precious children lined up on a row of bleachers at the high school games and dear Betty who was such a calm, quiet presence always. Those were wonderful days crowded with beautiful memories. Thank you, Lisa, for having such filial devotion in caring for Betty such a long time. You have stars in your crown!
Submitted by Becky Guy on May 24 2018 12:30:10 AM
Please accept my deepest condolences on your loss. I didn't have Mrs. Potvin in class, but I did take Consumer Math with Mr. Potvin. It was easy to tell how much he loved his wife when he would talk about her. She will join him in Heaven and the two will be joined for ever.
Submitted by Shannon Harris Morrow on May 21 2018 05:37:02 PM
I was so grieved to hear of Mrs. Potvin's passing. Both Mr. and Mrs. Potvin were exceptional teachers who made my years at Quantico High School so memorable. My thoughts are with her family during this difficult time. I know she is standing tall among the angels in heaven.
Linda (Pachuta) Zingg
Submitted by Linda (Pachuta) Zingg on May 17 2018 04:32:42 PM
Thoughts and prayers to all the family during this sad time. I remember your Mom as a sweet and pleasant person. May her soul rest in peace.
Gwen Neary and family
Submitted by Gwen Neary on May 17 2018 10:21:30 AM
May the God of all comfort Psalms 83:18 give
you all comfort now. Revelation 21:3-5
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Submitted by Joan Ball on May 16 2018 12:00:33 PM
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Glynis Riccio lit a candle on May 16 2018 11:22:05 AM
I'm sorry for your loss. I didn't know Mrs Potvin but was a student of Mr. Potvin at QHS on the early 70's. He was also my track coach. I recall Mr. Potvin favorite saying at the time - "when in doubt, shout it out". Thoughts and prayers are with your family.
Submitted by Greg Sutler on May 16 2018 10:31:43 AM
My sincere sympathy to you Lisa and your family at this time. I"m so sorry.
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