July 27, 1929 - June 24, 2017
Hilda Joyce Potts, 88, passed away peacefully in her sleep June 24, 2017 at Caring Hands Adult Foster Home in Medford, Oregon. She was born July 27, 1929 in Brooklyn, New York, the daughter of Stanley “Burt” Powell and Lily Victoria Small.
Joyce, as she was known, initially wanted to become a nurse, and took vocational training toward that goal while in high school. When the program was canceled, she joined the Navy and became a photographer after graduating high school. It was while stationed in Washington, DC that she met and, on March 17, 1951, married the love of her life, Paul Raymond Potts who predeceased her. As the wife of a Naval photographer she lived in many disparate locations, from Brooklyn, New York to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and finally in Port Hueneme, California. The family spent many years in Southern Calif. including in Oxnard and Camarillo. She had a love of gardening and was able to put her skills to good use on the small farm in Medford, Oreg., that she and Paul retired to in 1976. She also enjoyed travel, exploring the highways and byways of the U.S. as well as trips to England, Australia, and New Zealand. She had a strong Christian faith and spent many years as a member of the local Methodist or Presbyterian churches.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her siblings, Dorothy Wendell, Douglas Powell, and Norma “Pinkie” Nobile. She is survived by four of her five children, Stanley Potts, Gregory Potts, David Potts, and Janet Potts. Her son, Douglas Potts, died in infancy. She also had eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
The family have chosen to have a private service in her honor. In lieu of flowers the family has asked that donations be made to her favorite charity, Habitat for Humanity: www.roguevalleyhabitat.org.