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Born in Minnesota, Sue Potter M.A. ’85 grew up in Redondo Beach, California. She met Vern Potter while working in the aerospace industry, and they were married in 1961. His Cold War Army service in Germany was one of their defining experiences, where they made friends that endure to this day. They started their family upon returning to the States. Sons Michael and Leon were born in Southern California, but soon the family relocated to the rapidly growing community of San Jose. Sue enjoyed a varied career, from clerk typist to realtor to business owner. She graduated from San Jose City College, then earned her B.A. from USF before completing her M.A. at SCU—all while raising a family and often working. She set an example for all about the importance of lifelong learning. Sue’s organizational and financial acumen were instrumental in providing a stable and nurturing home for her family during the Valley’s unpredictable economic swings. She excelled for more than 12 years at the San Jose Mercury News in classified sales, where she made many friends and earned several awards. Sue and Vern ventured to his hometown of Aberdeen, Washington, in the late 1990’s. They moved once more to the much warmer and dryer community of Thousand Palms in the Coachella Valley, where they enjoyed spending time with Sue’s siblings and their families. She passed away suddenly on May 17, a month short of her 77th birthday. Sue is predeceased by her husband, Vern, in 2014. She is survived by her sons Leon Potter of Brentwood, California and Mike Potter of San Jose, along with Mike’s wife Cindy Chavez; grandson Brennan Potter; sister Mary Carron James of Redondo Beach, her husband Richard and their son Tyler; brother John Carron of Palm Desert and his Wife Kathi Carron; and brother Bill Carron of Thousand Palms and his son, James Carron, of San Jose.