Mrs. Potter Dies At Age of 98

Philadelphia Inquirer

Mrs. Thomas Potter, Jr., honorary secretary of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the Red Cross, died yesterday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Allen Potter Crolius, the Cambridge Apartments, Wissahickon ave. and School House lane. She was 98.

The 1939 winner of the Gimbel Award, Mrs. Potter started her Red Cross volunteer activity in 1916. She directed the opening of the chapter workrooms, now the production service, heading several volunteers in making garments and supplies for base hospitals overseas during the First World War.

ELECTED SECRETARY

The chapter elected Mrs. Potter as secretary in 1930, a post she held until 1948 when she was named honorary secretary.

For a 10-month period in 1936 she was in charge of all local Red Cross activities following the death of a chapter chairman.

When her husband, Col. Potter, was sent to supervise relief operations after the Johnstown flood, Mrs. Potter sent a trained nurse from her household to assist Clara Barton, the founder of the American Red Cross, in the fight against typhoid fever which reached epidemic proportions in the wake of the receding waters.

ABOARD TITANIC

Mrs. Potter was aboard the Titanic when it rammed an iceberg and sank in 1912.

Born Lily A. Wilson in Youngs Praire, Case county, Mich., Mrs. Potter came to Philadelphia in 1870 and was married in 1876.

Besides her daughter, Mrs. Potter is survived by four grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.

Funeral services will be held at 2:30 P. M. Monday at Kirk and Nice, Germantown ave. and Washington lane. Burial will be in Laurel Hill Cemetery.

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Acknowledgements

Mark Baber

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