Wednesday, April 17, 2013
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Elsie Curry Freeman Potter of Newberry, Fla., passed away April 10, 2013 in Gainesville, Fla. She was 84. She is survived by her loving husband Archie of Newberry, Fla.; her children William Freeman (Brenda) of Rockledge, Fla., Julie Spilker (Herman) of Naples, Fla., and James Freeman of Fanning Springs, Fla.; Archie's children David Potter of Newberry, Fla., Susan Harre of Alachua, Fla., and Michael Potter (Shoran) of Alachua, Fla. She is also survived by her grandchildren from both families: Brooks Freeman of Fanning Springs, Fla., Karen Spilker Irby (Rupert) of London, England, Ann Spilker of Denver, Colo., Roger Freeman of Los Angeles, Calif., Lisa Freeman of Nashville, Tenn., Lauren Harre of Gainesville, Fla., Cynthia Harre of St. Augustine, Fla., Elizabeth Harre of Alachua, Fla., Michaela Potter of Alachua, Fla., and Jacob Potter of Alachua, Fla.

She is also survived by her sister-in-law Rose Curry as well as her nieces Susan Kemp and Jane Curry. Her brothers, James R. Curry and Ernest Graham, preceded her in death.

Elsie was born in Key West in 1928, the daughter of James E. and Ana Elisa Curry. Her grandfather, James R. Curry, Jr., served as chairman of the Monroe County Commission. Elsie was extremely proud of her multi-generational Conch heritage and delighted friends and family alike with her remarkable gift of telling the history of Key West and many of its residents in great detail.

She graduated from Key West High School in 1947 and was a member of the girls' basketball team. After high school she worked at Joe Allen's variety store on Duval Street. In 1950, she married William A. Freeman, Jr., becoming a homemaker, mother, and working in the family insurance business. Later she worked as a clerk for the city of Key West and for Monroe County. With the Monroe County Clerk of Courts, she served as clerk to several judges and also performed hundreds of civil marriage ceremonies.

She was a gifted artist who studied art at the University of Tampa and Florida Keys Community College. Her paintings of landscapes, landmarks of Key West, the outdoors and still life are breathtakingly beautiful.

Elsie married her old friend and fellow Conch, Archie Potter in 1997. The two met when they were teenagers and enjoyed many good years together.

She was a long-time member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Key West and more recently, St. Joseph's Episcopal Church in Newberry.

Elsie was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She was a kind, loving, wise and courageous person, enriching the lives of all she knew and loved. While we are saddened by our loss, we are profoundly grateful for having had the pleasure of knowing and loving this wonderful woman. She will be deeply missed by all. Her spirit endures in the hearts and minds of her family and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. today, April 17 at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 401 Duval St., Key West, Fla. Burial will be at the Key West City Cemetery. Dean-Lopez Funeral Home is entrusted with all funeral arrangements.