Rev. Doris Potter

Published 12:00 am Thursday, October 8, 2009

BISMARCK, N.D. — Services for the Rev. Doris Louise Lampman Potter, 90, who died peacefully Monday, Oct. 5, 2009, after a stroke, will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at First Presbyterian Church in Bismarck with the Rev. Jake Kincaid officiating.
Burial will follow at 10 a.m. Monday at North Dakota Veteran’s Cemetery in Mandan under the direction of Parkway Funeral Home in Bismarck.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home and from 1 p.m. until service time Sunday at the church.
Doris Lampman was born Feb. 1, 1919, in Valley City, the second daughter of Clifford and Inga Lampman. The family moved from their farm in Oriska to Bismarck where Doris graduated from Bismarck High in 1936. She married Alwyn Potter in Bismarck in 1940. They had three children.
At age 57, Doris retired from her career as an executive secretary at AGSCO in Grand Forks to enter the University of North Dakota as a freshman. After graduation, she attended United Theological Seminary in the Twin Cities and was ordained as a Presbyterian minister on her 65th birthday.
Rev. Potter ministered to two congregations, Meadow and Bison, S.D., until her final retirement at age 79. In 1988, she moved back to Bismarck where she lived independently until her death.
Doris was reputed to be an excellent bridge player at the Bismarck Seniors Center. She was an avid reader and a dedicated fan of the Minnesota Twins. She supported Prairie Public Radio, the Fort Abraham Lincoln Foundation, UNICEF and the First Presbyterian Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband; three sisters, Lillian Aarvig, Donna Huyck and Joyce Schmidt; and five brothers, Clifford, Dean, James, Theodore and Robert.
Survivors include one daughter, Susan Shipman of Steilacoom, Wash.; two sons, Wayne Potter and wife, Barbara, of Natchez and Tracy Potter and wife, Laura Anhalt, of Bismarck; one brother, Ora of Steilacoom; six grandchildren, Kristin Haskins and husband, Mark, Christine Hartley and husband, Jay, Jennifer Dahlk, Michael Shipman, Tod Potter and wife, Stephanie, and Vaughn Potter; and five great-grandchildren, Shana, Hayden and Brennan Hartley, Hannah Potter and Suza Beck Haskins, with another Potter arriving any day now.
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