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Martha Lee Potter née Johnson went to be with her Lord on Monday December 11, 2023, at Hartman Village in Boonville, Mo.
A visitation for Martha will be held Friday, December 29, 2023, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Howard Funeral Home. Recitation of the rosary will begin at 4:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, December 30, 2023, at S.S. Peter and Paul Catholic Church beginning at 11:00 a.m. Burial will follow in Walnut Grove Cemetery.
She was born January 9, 1930, in Pleasant Hill, Mo. to parents Clyde Gale Johnson and Margaret Elizabeth (Custer) Johnson. When she was 18 months old her father passed away and her mother brought Martha Lee and her older brother Clyde back to Bunceton, Mo to live on the farm with her grandparents so her mother could find work in Boonville. At the age of 5 her mother married Paul B. (Peaches) Hatton and she lived in Boonville for the rest of Martha Lee’s life.
In May of 1948 Martha Lee graduated from Laura Speed Elliott High School in Boonville. In August of that year, she married Walter J. (Skeetz) Potter at S.S. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. She and Skeetz were married for 53 years until Skeetz passed away in 2001. To this union five children were born,
Stephen J. (Susan) Potter, Theresa L. (Toddie) Persinger (Jim), AnnD. Johnson (Dennis Sercu), Micheal E. (Angela) Potter, and Christian Cole Potter. She is also leaves behind 14 grandchildren: Katie, Rebecca, and Matthew Potter, Erica Persinger, Miranda and Mitchell Potter, Dustin and Lisa Zaugg, Blake and Mickey Johnson, Kayla Clutter, Jacob McQuitty, Hayden and Jayden Potter, 11 great grandchildren and one due in March 2024. She is also survived by one nephew William Johnson and two nieces Elizabeth Wilroy and Norma Lang as well as cousins and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her in laws Walter and Anna Potter, her husband Skeetz, her brother Clyde G. Johnson, Jr. her sister-in-law Jean Johnson, a niece Margaret Johnson and her fur babies Poncho, Charley Brown, Linus, Bubba, Coney, Smiley Iris and a rabbit that was bigger than a dog.
In addition to being the mother of five children born in four decades, she was employed in her early life at her Mothers Restaurants, the Coney Island and the Kozy Cafe. After her marriage she and her husband owned and ran City Transfer and Moving, and they operated all the school buses in Boonville for several years, (1963 to 1970.) Later in life she was employed at the Stein House.
Martha Lee loved her family, and she loved people. From the exposure as a young child to her mother’s customers at Coney Island, she learned to talk to everyone, and she never met a stranger. She also enjoyed collecting antiques, gardening, and going to every rummage sale in Boonville every weekend for about 40 years.
She and her friend Marilyn Cochran loved to get a Senior Coke at McDonalds and drive to Main Street where they parked and watched all the people go by. They were usually accompanied by her Man-Eating dog Bubba. She loved animals from an early age and usually had one or two around the house.
The family requests you enjoy a cold one in her honor and if so, inclined a donation to the S. S. Peter and Paul Catholic School.