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Betty Ross Blankenship Potter

May 5, 1919 — November 20, 2013

Betty Ross Blankenship Potter died peacefully with family in Rifle, Colorado, on November 20, 2013, at the age of 94. Betty was born in Billings, Montana, on May 5, 1919, the fourth child and second daughter of Alvis Caruth Blankenship and Lulabelle Walker Blankenship. She grew up in Alamosa, Colorado, and spoke often of ice-skating on the river during the bitter winters in the San Luis Valley. After graduating from high school in Alamosa, she attended Adams State College and then went on to the Corwin Hospital School of Nursing where she graduated as a registered nurse in 1940.

On April 25, 1942, Betty married the love of her life, Samuel Bert Potter, M.D., in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Betty and Bert made their home in Pueblo, Colorado, where Dr. Potter was chief surgeon at Corwin Hospital, subsequently St. Mary-Corwin Hospital. Dr. Potter pre-deceased her in August 1961.

As a Pueblo Service League member, Betty was instrumental in establishing Pueblo’s first blood bank. She was also an avid golfer and won the Pueblo women’s city golf championship in the late 1950s. In later years she spent many wonderful days on the Rifle Creek Golf Course with her golfing pals. Betty loved flowers and was especially proud of her beautiful rose garden at the ranch. An avid reader, the librarian at the Alamosa Public Library avowed that Betty Ross had read “every book in the library.” Cooking and entertaining were activities that Betty treasured. She took great pride in the fact that every dish she prepared was beautifully presented. Betty took her role as a teacher to her children very seriously and made sure that each learned how to cook and keep house.

Betty spent the last years of her life at the Potter family ranch near Rifle, Colorado. She is survived by her four children; Samuel B. Potter, Jr. of Rifle, Colorado; Barbara J. Lenard, Rifle, Colorado; Mary K. Trimble, Cave Creek, Arizona; and Elizabeth R. Henning, Willcox, Arizona; nine grandchildren; and eleven great-grandchildren.

Betty worked for many years at the E. Dene Moore Care Center in Rifle. She was always a wonderful mentor to the many young men and women who worked with her during her years as a nurse. The family has established a scholarship fund to aid Moore Care Center employees who actively enrolled in a qualified nursing program. The family requests that any memorial contributions be made to the Betty R. Potter Nursing Scholarship Fund, c/o Colorado Mountain College, P.O. Box 1763, Glenwood Springs, CO 81602.

Private family services and interment next to her husband and father in Roselawn Cemetery in Pueblo, CO, will be held at a later date.


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