POTTER—Grace Taylor Sullivan Potter was born Beverly Grace Taylor on Oct. 22, 1930, in Havre, Mont., to Alfred and Winifred Taylor.
She passed away at home in Nashoba, Okla., on Aug. 6, 2020 at the age of 89.
Grace, her five siblings and their father moved to Coquille, Ore., in 1936 after the death of her mother in Kalispell, Mont.
She was raised there by her dad and siblings, attending school and graduating in 1948. It was there she met her husband, Homer Lee Sullivan, and the two were married in March 1950.
They lived in Port Orford, Coquille and Bandon, raising their four children. In 1961, they moved to Florence, where they owned and operated Twilight Haven Retirement Home until building the new center, Siuslaw Manor, in 1969 (now The Regency).
Grace’s husband Homer passed away December 1991, after which she continued to focus on work and family.
After retiring from devoting 31 years to Safeway in Florence, Grace travelled to visit a dear friend in Oklahoma, where she met Frank Potter. They fell in love and were eventually married Sept. 6, 2003.
She was a devout Christian; a member of the Florence Assembly of God; a leader with the Missionettes (a girls youth group) as well as a leader in the women’s ministries and Sunday School teacher.
Grace was extremely dedicated to overseeing the church kitchen activities for major events such as weddings, anniversaries, church potlucks, fundraisers and pretty much any event put on by or hosted by the church membership.
She continued this dedication in Oklahoma for their home church as well as the senior center in Nashoba.
Anyone who met Grace loved her as she had the ability to connect with you, love you and become part of your life. She was dedicated to her family and friends.
Her passions were sewing, cooking, canning, hosting family dinners, potlucks, holiday gatherings and more.
She is preceded in death by her parents; all five siblings; her first husband, Homer; and a son-in-law.
She is survived by her second husband, Frank Potter; her four children: Don Sullivan and wife Kathy of Corvallis, Beverly Garneau of Florence, Terry Sullivan and wife DeeAnn of Florence, and William Sullivan of Eugene.
She also leaves behind nine grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren as well as many nieces and nephews scattered across the states.