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Beatrice Evelyn Potts

February 27, 1924 — April 16, 2024

Beatrice Evelyn Morrison Potts passed away peacefully in the early morning hours on April 16, 2024 in Nashville, Tennessee. She turned 100 years old on February 27, 2024 and celebrated on that day with children, grandchildren and friends listening to country music at Pucketts in Franklin, Tennessee. Her big birthday party planned for March 2 had to be cancelled due to her being ill with COVID.  She recovered from COVID, but she did not want to leave this earth until she had a birthday party.  After suddenly re-entering Vanderbilt University Medical Center, a 100th birthday party was planned in the Palliative Care Unit complete with her favorites of chicken salad sandwiches, chocolate cake, cookies, live music and most importantly, family and friends. The last song everyone sang with her was How Great Thou Art, which was her favorite.  She certainly entered the gates of glorious heaven with a smile on her face.

Beatrice was born in the small mining town of Keisterville, Pennsylvania on February 27, 1924. She and her mother, Lorraine Sickles, lived next door to her grandparents, Clara Mae Vernon Sickles and George Washington Sickles, whom she loved dearly. She spent her childhood days playing on the Sickles farm in Waltersburg, Pennsylvania with her cousin Valetta Sickles Riley. Her brother, Robert Kulina (1942-2018) were 17 years apart, but always close. Beatrice graduated from Redstone Township High School in 1942.

After high school, Beatrice and her friend, Edith Piccolomini, moved to Washington DC to help during WWII. Beatrice took a streetcar to work each day for the War Department, where she did typing and assisted in sending supplies like beds and cots to field departments for the soldiers. 

Beatrice married her first husband, Andrew J. Relosky on June 19, 1943, who was serving in the Army.  Andrew was killed on D-Day, June 6, 1944 on the banks of Normandy in France. Beatrice was pregnant with their son, Ronald Joseph (1944-1998). On August 24,1946, Beatrice married her friend who she met at Geneva on the Lake in the 8th grade, Jack Daniel Potts. Jack and Beatrice were married for 62 years at his passing, and were parents to Ronald (Annette), Jack (Hermene), Sandra (William), Deborah, William (Cathy) and Joan (Jeff).  They had 12 grandchildren. The Potts family lived in Munhall and West Mifflin. Beatrice was a homemaker, good neighbor, crocheter and crafter. She was an active member of Anne Ashley Memorial United Methodist Church and was the oldest church member at the time of her passing. Her Sunday School friends, Janet, Edna, Fran, Grace and Kathy shared cards at every holiday and all throughout the year. Beatrice was Aunt Bea to her many nieces and nephews whom she and Jack, and their traveling companions, Toots and John, visited all over the country.

Beatrice was preceded in death by her beloved husband Jack, first grandson Todd, son Ronald, daughter Sandra, brother Robert, and first husband Andrew.

She spent the last four years of her life living in Franklin, Tennessee with her daughter Debbie and near her grandchildren, Paige (Mike) and Bobby (Erin). Many sweet memories were made and stories were told that will bring smiles for years. She was a resident of Charter Senior Living before her passing. She made so many friends in Franklin, who will miss her dearly.

Her checklist included seeing Paige and Bobby marry, living to be 100 years old, and having a 100th birthday party. She completed her list and her faith has brought her to her eternal home.

Family and friends will gather at Anne Ashley Community Church, 334 22nd Avenue, Munhall 15120 on Sunday, April 21 for visitation from 3-4pm, where a funeral service will follow at 4 PM with Rev. Greg Golden officiating. All arrangements have been entrusted to the George Irvin Green Funeral Home, Inc., 3511 Main Street, 15120, (412)461-6394.  Please leave your memories and condolences at georgeigreenfuneralhome.com.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Anne Ashley Community Church in her memory…a life well lived.

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