We mourn the loss of our precious, beloved mother, Ida Fuller Potter, born June 27, 1912, Knott County, Kentucky, passed from this life July 1, 2007, in the hospital surrounded by her children, Clark, Annette and Carlene Potter who held her hand and whispered I love you until her last moment on earth on July 1, 2007 in Pasadena, Harris County, Texas at the age of 95 years 4 days. It was an honor and a privilege to be with our Mother in her last moments on this earth. Many of Mom's family were there to say goodbye to her.
Ida Fuller Potter was the daughter of Elijah Green Fuller and Leona Smith Hale Fuller Potter who preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Creed Flannery Potter, son, Joel Martin Potter, step-sons, Ralph Waldo Potter and Fred Potter, grandson, Trent Martin Potter, half - brothers; William "Billy" Fuller and Thomas "Tommy" Hale brothers, Elijah "Lige" Fuller, Elijah Green "G" Fuller, Delzie "B" Fuller, Robert Lee "Bobby" Fuller, half sisters; Ada Fuller Bowen, Iva Fuller Ritchie and Arzella Hale Caudill, sisters, Minnie Fuller McIntyre and Bessie Fuller Shotton.
Ida is survived by three daughters; Billie Joyce Jaynes of South Houston, Texas, Leona Carlene Potter Burkland and Annette Potter of Pasadena, Texas; two step-sons; Dan Morgan Potter and Archie Vincent Potter of Kentucky, sons, Clark Douglas Potter and David Thomas Potter of Houston, Texas, 28 grandchildren, 51 great grandchildren, 26 great great grandchildren and a host of relatives and friends to mourn her loss.
Service for our mother, Ida Fuller Potter, took place on July 3, 2007 at the Crespo Funeral Home, Broadway, Houston, Texas 77003. Services were conducted by Dr Stan Byars. Hymns were Blessed Assurance, Serenaded by Angels sung by Lucy Van Wieren and a song written and composed by Ida Fuller Potter called The Holy Ghost was sung by granddaughter, Jacinda Dawn Potter Jackson, daughter in law, Dianne Stewart Potter and son in law, Charles Jaynes who also sang the closing hymn, Amazing Grace.
Ida's son, Clark Potter gave a wonderful invocation in which he reminded all of us of the many things that our mother stood for and the wonderful things she taught us and the many things she did for all of her family. Mother was a great mom and she taught all of her children about the Lord and taught each and everyone of us how to be good, honest people and how to serve and love the Lord.
A eulogy was written by son, David Thomas Potter who also spoke, presenting a memorial to our beautiful Mother. Jody Jones, her granddaughter, also read her own very special, touching written eulogy for her grandmother, Ida Fuller Potter.
The benediction was very graciously performed by Ida's grandson, Creed Matthew Potter, after which we viewed our mother in her casket the last time. After the final viewing took place, the pallbearers, grandsons Creed Matthew Potter, Kirk Potter, Mark Burkland, Stephen Burkland, David Burkland and great grandson, Eric Harrelson removed our mother from the funeral home to the funeral car. The honorary pallbearers were sons, Clark Douglas Potter, and David Thomas Potter, and sons in law, Charles Jaynes and Jake Burkland.
Our procession then moved to the burial grounds at the South Park Cemetery, Pearland, Brazoria Co, Texas where a final service was conducted by Pastor Stan Byars followed by our mothers burial.
In Mother's previous memorial, I chose the song "Serenaded By Angels" to play while you were visiting this memorial page for our mother because I knew that Mom is now being Serenaded By Angels in Heaven. Previously I wrote to her; Mommy, I hope you like it. Now there is another video and song by Vince Gill called "Go Rest High on That Mountain" from youtube.com below. Click on the play button to play Vince Gill's songs.
I can't express the great and terrible sorrow I feel having lost the one person in the world who truly loves unconditionally. When all others have scorned you, your precious Mother will hold out her arms and embrace you to her heart with love. She was a remarkable woman and losing her is the hardest thing I have ever done.
Written by a broken hearted daughter, Annette Potter with the greatest love.
You Gently looked upon me
and listened as I cried
you never judged me harshly
you loved me without pride
your face was soft with love
when you looked into my eyes
you made me feel so special
when you were here alive
you're no longer with me
you've gone to your reward
I miss you so much mother
now life without you is hard
I can no longer see you
or kiss your brow so sweet
it can not be too soon
when in heaven we will meet
my precious darling mother
I miss you so today
you're in my heart and soul
I'll be home with you some day
Watching from Heaven's Window
She always leaned to watch for us,
anxious if we were late,
In winter by the window,
In summer by the gate.
And though we mocked her tenderly,
Who had such foolish care,
The long way home would seem more safe,
Because she waited there.
Her thoughts were all so full of us,
She never could forget!
And so I think that where she is,
She must be watching yet.
Waiting till we come home to her,
Anxious if we are late,
Watching from Heaven's window,
Leaning on Heaven's gate.
by Margaret Widdemer~Mary Frye~(1942)