Helyn Potter, 97, of Granite City, passed away at 10:26 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016, in the Vintage Gardens in Meridian Village in Glen Carbon.
She was born Jan. 28, 1919, in Sabraton, W.V., a daughter of the late Joseph and Barbara (Jurichka) Azari.
She was a devoted member of St. John Lutheran Church in Granite City for more than 50 years. Throughout the years at church, she served as a Sunday school teacher, active with the choir, helped to make banners for the altar and was a camp counselor at Camp Piasa for area Lutheran youth for several years. At an early age, she began writing articles and drawing scenes for a local religious journal. She was an artist who enjoyed painting scenery and was very talented with oil, acrylic and watercolor painting. She had a love of the ballet and enjoyed her years of studying and practicing. She also served her country during World War II as a “Rosey Riveter” working for Curtiswright Aircraft Company. She loved nature and enjoyed caring for birds and flowers. She will be remembered for the love and special times shared with her family and friends.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Oliver T. Potter; three brothers, Nick, John and Joseph Azari; sister, Mary Hoover; stepson, Daniel Potter; and three sisters-in-law, Vivian, Pat and Ruth Azari.
She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Gene and Carol Potter of O’Fallon, Mo.; two daughters and sons-in-law, Heather and James Reed of St. Louis, and Terry and Michael Reynolds of Carson City, Nev.; stepson, Tomas Potter of Arnold, Mo.; grandchildren and spouses, Rachelle Potter, Timothy and Winnie Reynolds, April Reynolds and Veasna Keo, Elliott and Elizabeth Reed, and Aubrey Reed; one great-grandchild, Olive Keo; other extended family and friends.
In celebration of her life, visitation will be from 10 a.m. until time of funeral service at noon Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016, at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City, with the Rev. David Corson and Vicker Bill Hale officiating. Burial will be at Friedens Cemetery in St. Louis. Memorials may be made to St. John Lutheran Church and may be accepted at the funeral home; www.irwinchapel.com.