Phyllis LaVonne (Erickson) Potter, 76, a resident of the Las Vegas area, passed away on July 13, 2019 at her residence after a bravely fought battle against cancer.
Phyllis was born August 3, 1942 in Ottawa, Illinois to Abel and Hazel Erickson. She grew up in Marseilles, Illinois on the family’s farm. Upon graduating from Serena High School in 1960, Phyllis moved to California where she met her future husband, Edward Potter. They married on August 31, 1963.
She attended Pepperdine University in Southern California, majoring in nutrition. As the spouse of a U.S. Naval Officer during the Vietnam War, Phyllis and her family moved frequently. After separating from military active duty, the family settled in Columbus, Ohio for twenty-five years. Phyllis was a devoted mother to five daughters. She also was Co-Owner of the family’s business, Potter Computers. Phyllis enjoyed gardening, cooking, and traveling. Phyllis was an active member of her church everywhere she lived. Faith and family were very important parts of her life. In 2000, Edward and Phyllis relocated to Las Vegas to enjoy their semi-retirement.
Phyllis is survived by husband, Edward Potter; her daughters Julie (Thomas) Cooper of Fairfield, CA, Kristina (Michael) Roberts of Ocoee, FL, Sheryl Potter and Karen Cox of Las Vegas, NV and Denise (Patrick) Joyce of Willowbrook, IL. She also leaves a sister, Alverta Erickson of Peru, IL; and grandchildren Nathan Roberts, Kevin Roberts, David Cox, Ryan Cox, Brandon Cox, Henry Joyce and Sabrina Joyce. She was preceded in death by her parents.
Memorial services will be held 2:00 p.m. Sunday, November 24, 2019 at Gladfelter-Roetker Funeral Home in Ottawa with Pastor Kevin Gardner officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to services. Private interment will be in Norway Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be directed to a charity of the donor’s choice.
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