Betty Jane Potvin



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.