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880 Hopmeadow Street
P.O. Box 335
Simsbury, CT 06070
Phone: 860-658-7613
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Ellen Potter

Ellen Carlson Potter (Carlson)

February 10, 1943 - December 30, 2019
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Ellen Carlson “Ellie” Potter 76, of Canton, beloved wife of Fred Potter, died Monday, December 30, 2019 at John Dempsey Hospital. She was born February 10, 1943 in Hartford, daughter of the late Carl Axel and Elizabeth (Aagesen) Carlson and had been a 55 year resident of Canton. Ellie was a graduate of Upsala College, having graduated with her Bachelors Degree in English. Mrs. Potter owned and was the Director of the Early Learning Nursery School for many years prior to her retirement. She was a member of the First Congregational Church of Canton Center. Ellie enjoyed spending time outdoors, skiing, sailing, gardening and playing tennis and most of all spending time with her grandchildren. She was an avid fan of the Boston Red Sox, New England Patriots and UCONN Womens Basketball and a 25 year member of the National Ski Patrol.

In addition to her loving husband of 55 years, she is survived by her daughter, Betsy Riley and her husband Jay of Bethel, ME; her son, Jim Potter and his wife Tatiana of Canton and her grandchildren, Carly, Tate, Ashley, Brooke, Taylor, Madison, Alyssa, Julia and Tyler. In addition to her children and grandchildren, by her sister Joan Lomnitzer and her husband Richard, her brother, Roy Carlson and his wife June and many nieces and nephews.

Ellie was a true, tough and determined survivor of over 20 years with scleroderma and 11 years with a double lung transplant and a dedicated advocate for organ donation.

There will be no calling hours. Memorial donations may be made to Scleroderma Foundation and Donate Life. Please visit Ellie’s “Book of Memories” at for online tributes.
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Keith Potter

Posted at 08:23am
Deepest sympathy.

Terri-Ann Sands

Posted at 03:37pm
So heartbroken at the loss of your mom.

The lessons Mrs. Potter taught went far beyond the classroom, are invaluable, and will never be forgotten.

Every piece of paper, every handmade craft, and every photograph are still kept in boxes. Videos are still watched, memories still vivid, and numerous stories still told.
All are precious treasures made possible by a most extraordinary and much loved woman.

Mrs. Potter is an endless gift to us all.

With gratitude and love,
Terri-Ann and Jim Sands
(Abigaile, ‘Jesse’ James, Ryan and Michael

Claire Trifari

Posted at 09:12am
A wonderful woman who gave my grandchildren a great start in life Claire Trifari (Sands family)

Lisa Aldridge

Posted at 02:59pm
I was so sad to hear that Mrs. Potter had passed away. I remember 21 years ago bringing my son to The Early Learning Nursery School. I was nervous about leaving my 21/2 year old son for the first time and I will always think back to the wY in which Mrs. Potter stood at the door and welcomed us. She created magic in that classroom that left an indelible mark on all of us. She understood children and gave so many life lessons to all of us. We think about those days often and I still have the beautiful birthday crowns that Nicholas received. I am thankful for all the wisdom and kindness she gave to us. I am thankful for her life and hope that you all will remember that she left a very important impact on so many children and parents.
I send you prayers and hope you take joy in her lasting imprint.
Lisa Aldridge

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