Barbara Jean Potter beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother entered Heavens gates January 7th, 2019 surrounded by her family. A lifelong resident of northwest Kansas, Barbara was born June 14, 1937 in rural Thomas County Kansas to Sam and Pearl (Schmidt) Medford.
Barbara attended school in Winona until her sophomore year when she joined her sister Beverly at a boarding school in Laramie, Wyoming. She returned to Winona where she completed high school in 1955. Following graduation she trained to be a teletype operator, she then worked in Topeka and Denver.
On May 11, 1957 Barbara married Robert Potter. She devoted her time to being a homemaker and mother to their four children. Barbara loved cooking and sewing for her family. She served as a volunteer EMT in the Winona area, was editor for the Winona Leader, operated Potter’s Market with her husband and was a great supporter of all community activities. She taught her children the value of loving and caring for family, working hard and doing things right the first time.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brother Wayne; sister Beverly and great grandson Talon Mackley.
Survivors include children, Tawny (Ross) Stover, Platte City MO, Blake (Debbie) Potter, Winona, Tracee (Bob) Mackley Colby, and Tyler (Laura) Potter Lynchburg VA; nine grandsons and their loving wives, Shiloah Stover, Heath Stover, Trey Potter, Dillon Potter, Preston Mackley, Mason Mackley, Carson Potter, Logan Potter and Ethan Potter; thirteen great grandchildren and sisters, Virginia Sanders, Sandra McCune, Alana Keck and Pamela Medford.
Barbara leaves a legacy of steadfast love and devotion to her family.
Visitation is 5-7:00 p.m. Thursday, January 10, 2019, at Baalmann Mortuary, Colby. Funeral Service is 10:30 a.m. Friday, January 11, 2019, at the Colby United Methodist Church, with burial to follow in Beulah Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Winona United Methodist Church, the Foundation for Hope or the Prairie Museum, in care of Baalmann Mortuary, PO Box 391, Colby, KS 67701. For condolences or information visit www.baalmannmortuary.com