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October 30th, 2020

martha pottsMartha Lee (Purcell) Potts, 98, died Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020 at Brookdale Liberal Springs in Liberal.

She was born Dec. 13, 1921 to Otto and Ganell (Pierson) Purcell on the family farm in Clay County, Ill. 

She married Ivan Potts May 23, 1943. He preceded her in death Nov. 26, 2017.

She graduated high school in Louisville, Ill. 

She moved with her family to the mountains of Colorado in the late 1940’s.  She fell in love with the mountains and thought they were a “little bit of heaven on earth.”

She was a member of First Southern Baptist Church of Liberal.  When she was young, she sang in the choir and later helped with the nursery.

Survivors include daughter, Linda Potts, Liberal; sister, Iris Bailey, Pana, Ill.; four grandchildren: Aaron Neal, Cody Potts, Tommy Grace and Ivan Dean; five great-grandchildren: Caleb Neal, Hudson Potts, Nikkie, Jade and Matthew; and great-great-grandchildren, Feather Joe and Melanie. 

She was also preceded in death by her parents; sons, Rex Otto and Jerry Lee Potts; sisters, Marjorie Birch, and Carolyn Matthews and her husband Uncle Don.

• Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020 at the Liberal Cemetery with Pastor Mark Cress presiding. 

Friends may visit with the family one hour prior to the service from 1 to 2 p.m. at Hornung Family Funeral Home at 1212 W 2nd Street, Liberal, KS  67901.

Memorials are suggested to The Gideons, or First Southern Baptist Church, in care of the Hornung Family Funeral Home 1212 W. 2nd Liberal, KS 67901.

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