September 15, 1922 – January 10, 2018

Mardell “Mardy” Potter went home to be with her heavenly Father January 10, 2018. She was born September 15, 1922 in Portales, New Mexico to John Starnes and Myrtle Echoles Starnes. She was the youngest of five children; four girls and one boy. The family moved to California when she was a year old. Mardy grew up in Santa Monica and graduated from University High School there.

When the war came, she worked at North American air craft for three years and met and married the love of her life, Howard Potter. Howard went into the service of his country from 1945 until 1947. Howard and Mardy had three children; Sharon, David and Sandra. She went to Fresno while Howard was in the service to be near her parents. While there she worked in a drug store and then at a catering business. When he returned they lived in Fresno for several years then returned to the Los Angeles area and lived in San Fernando Valley in Canoga Park. They then moved to Manhattan Beach. She went to school and earned her real estate license and worked for Stewart Realty for some years.

Mardy and Howard moved to Jerome, Idaho December, 1971. She loved the Lord and her church, Jerome Bible Baptist, and was a faithful member for over 40 years. She and Howard loved to dance when young and later joined a square dance group. She loved bowling and did so until her 80th birthday. She loved to crochet and oil paint and cook and garden. She redecorated many old houses doing the painting and papering herself.

Surviving Mardy are her daughters, Sharon (Joe) Scavone of Washington and Sandra (John) Clark of Jerome; Jake Potter, her great grandson whom Howard and she adopted as a baby; 6 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren; and many nieces nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; three sisters, one brother; her husband; her son, David; and granddaughter, Lori Ann.

Her most important relationship was with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and she pursued him daily. Yesterday, the time spent seeking a glimpse of Him was rewarded with the joy of seeing Him today. She prayed daily to have all her loved ones seek Jesus and find Him and meet Him with her on the other side.

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A funeral service for Mardy will be held at 11:00 am, Saturday, January 13, 2018 at Farnsworth Mortuary, 1343 S Lincoln Ave, Jerome. Burial will conclude at Jerome Cemetery.

Memories and condolences may be shared with the family on Mardy’s memorial webpage at

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