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Marion Elizabeth Ristine Potter
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Birth: Jan. 14, 1911
Philadelphia
Philadelphia County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Nov. 3, 1999
Olympia
Thurston County
Washington, USA

At birth she was named Marian Elizabeth but changed the spelling of her first name to Marion later in life.

She lived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania until her marriage to William Atlee Potter in 1932. The couple began married life in Atlee's hometown, Berwyn in Chester County Pennsylvania,where he worked for the Pennsylvania Railroad.

They later moved to Cambria Heights on Long Island in Queens County, New York. Atlee continued his employment with the Pennsylvania Railroad in New York City.

In the late 1930s, Marion and her husband, Atlee, rented an attached "Row House" on 224th Street in Cambria Heights, Queens County, New York, two blocks from Linden Boulevard.

Then in about 1940, they purchased their first house at 114-54, 223rd Street in Cambria Heights. Marion and Atlee raised three children there; William Atlee Jr. born in 1936; Jeanne Ann born in 1941, and Barbara Sue, born in 1944.

The Potter Family lived in Cambria Heights until Atlee's retirement from the Pennsylvania RR in 1972.

Then, they moved, to East Canaan, Connecticut, to a house which they had purchased in 1964 for future retirement, and repaired and remodeled in the succeeding years. East Canaan is a tiny town located in the Northwest corner of the state, in Litchfield County. The Potter house was located on a beautiful 5- acre parcel of land situated on the southerly bank of the Blackberry River at the base of Canaan Mountain. The property was bounded on the south side by the Connecticut Forest Preserve, and was frequently visited by deer, wild turkey, and other wildlife. Marion and Atlee spent ten happy years there until Atlee's death in 1982.





During her adult life, Marion was a skilled maker of porcelain lace dolls and other ceramic and porcelain pieces. For several years in the mid-1950s, she and a friend, Henrietta Reynolds, operated a porcelain and ceramic business, called the "Mud Hens", on Linden Boulevard in Cambria Heights.
Marion also enjoyed gardening and reading.

Marion remained in East Canaan alone until 1988, when she reluctantly sold her Connecticut home and relocated in Washington State to be closer to her two daughters and their families. She purchased a unit in a single story tri-plex in Vista Village, a Senior Community in Olympia, Washington. Her address was 3300 Carpenter Road #D61. She lived there until 1999, when declining health dictated that she move to an Assisted Living Facility.

She died in her sleep at AmeriPark Assisted Living Home where she had spent her final year of life.

Cause of death was congestive heart failure due to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  George Joseph Ristine (1888 - 1958)
  Elizabeth Viola Taylor Ristine (1887 - 1966)
 
 Spouse:
  William Atlee Potter (1907 - 1982)*
 
 Siblings:
  Dorothy Mary Ristine Rementer (1907 - 1976)*
  George Joseph Ristine (1909 - 1945)*
  Marion Elizabeth Ristine Potter (1911 - 1999)
  Helen Anna Ristine DeLacy (1913 - 1993)*
  Merritt Charles Ristine (1915 - 1965)*
  Norman William Ristine (1916 - 1977)*
  John Frank Ristine (1918 - 1985)*
  Robert Gregory Ristine (1920 - 1989)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Cremated, Ashes scattered.
Specifically: The ashes were scattered under a dogwood tree in the field above the family home in East Canaan, Connecticut
 
Created by: Bob George
Record added: Sep 05, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 116571548
Marion Elizabeth <i>Ristine</i> Potter
Added by: Bob George
 
Marion Elizabeth <i>Ristine</i> Potter
Added by: Bob George
 
Marion Elizabeth <i>Ristine</i> Potter
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