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Josephine "Jo" E. Potts

7/26/1935 - 1/11/2020

STANFORD ~ Josephine Ellen “Jo” Saathoff Potts, 84, of Stanford, passed away at 5:01 a.m. Saturday, January 11, 2020 at home.

Born July 26, 1935 in Arrowsmith to Helen (McDaniels) Adams, she married Harlan Curtiss Potts on December 31, 1953.  He died July 3, 1987.  She was also preceded in death by her parents; one son, Jimmy Potts; one sister, Doris Jacobs, one brother, Bill Saathoff; two great-grandchildren; and dear friend, Ocie.

Surviving are her children, Deborah (Ralph) Kellermann of Cooksville, Sherita (Mike) Wheeler of Bloomington, Barney (Shirley) Potts of Stanford, Volita (Harry) Riddle of Normal and Pamela (Rusty) Thomas of Normal; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews; as well as a special niece, Dee and special friend of the family, Greg.

Mom loved playing games and was a very good artist with her drawing and painting.  She loved working crossword puzzles and watching Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune.  She loved gardening and flowers and loved all animals especially Cardinals- her favorite bird.  Mom had a kind and loving heart and an infectious laugh and always made certain that her hair and shoes were at their best but her greatest joy was the love of her family.

Private burial will be at Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Stanford.  Per her wishes, cremation will be accorded and there will be no services.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to the Alzheimer’s Association, Hospice or the Humane Society of Central Illinois, 423 Kays Drive, Normal, IL 61761.

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