Potter, Susan K.

August 13, 1949 - August 7, 2020

Susan Katherine Terrell Potter, BA, MLS, JD

Susan passed suddenly Friday, August 7th, 2020.

Born August 13, 1949, in Stillwater, Oklahoma, to her parents George Edmond “Ed” Terrell, Jr., and Billie Howard Terrell.

Susan graduated from Kirkwood High School, Kirkwood, Missouri. She received a BA, Cum Laude, in History from Southwest Missouri State University (now MSU), a Master of Library Science from North Texas State University (now UNT), a Juris Doctor from Baylor University (Honors List, Law Review), and Teacher Certification (focus in Special Education) from ACT.

Survived by her husband of 34 years (August 12th), Glen, her son Will, her nephew Marcus (Chicago), her brother George Edmond Terrell, III, (Athens), and many loving and much-loved nephews and nieces. She is preceded in death by her parents Ed and Billie.

She was a Baptist at heart, in spirit … and in music, but she also loved attending St. Andrew UMC, Plano, the friendships and fellowship she had there … yet she would occasionally have to go home and listen to Tennessee Ernie Ford.

Along with Ernie Ford, she loved The Statler Brothers, Mamas & Papas, The Gatlin Brothers, The Village People, and loved listening to the “March of the Day” on the classical radio station in her car before school with a donut or biscuit, and Diet Coke watching the ducks at a city pond. She was a voracious (and scary-fast) reader across many genres (classic British mysteries mostly, but also true-crime books which she also watched a lot on the ID Channel).

Susan worked at Texas State Technical Institute (now TSTC), Waco; Southwestern Bell Telephone Company. Houston, as an Attorney and later as a Business Manager; AT&T in Parsippany, New Jersey; as an attorney in a private practice in Gun Barrel City, Texas, and later as Assistant District Attorney and Assistant County Attorney for Henderson County, Texas; and DeSoto Public Library, DeSoto, Texas, as the Young People’s Librarian.

From 2006 to present, Dr. Potter taught at Creekview High School in Carrollton, Texas, in the Special Education department, though she was also a Substitute Teacher and a Teacher’s Aide in CFBISD several years prior to that. She was also the Head Coach for the school Bowling team for two years, and later, a Coach for school UIL Spelling Team for three years. She also assisted in Debate and district Law Academy Mock Trial prep and judging.

She loved God and Jesus, her family and friends, traveling, and teaching her students whether they were actually in her official school classes, or anyone who needed her extra-curricular life-skills instruction.

With the current Covid situation she would not want anyone risking their health, so there will not immediately be any in-person service. The family may try to do something virtual with a small group of family and friends.

32 replies on “Potter, Susan K.”

Chuck Harley says:

Glenda and I send our condolences to the Potter and Terrell families. We thank God for the blessing of knowing Susan and extremely sad over her passing so soon. Our hearts go out to Glen and Will for their loss of a precious wife and mother. She will be missed by so many as she has touched so many during her short life.

Pamela Wickman says:

I found Susan to be an inspiration to what an excellent teacher should. I will greatly miss her.

Frances Weygandt Spradlin says:

Glen, what a wonderful tribute to Susan. She had a very full life in which she shared her love for people of all ages. I know you loved her for her love of everyone. Thank you for the wonderful insight into the person she was. May God grant you the grace of peace and understanding. Much Love,

Joseph LaPuma says:

I worked with Susan for the past ten years. She was kind, compassionate, smart, and held her students accountable…but in a caring way. We are were saddened to hear the news of her unexpected passing. We are thankful for her years of service to Creekview HS and the Carrollton community. We are a better community because of her hard work, dedication, and service to children.

Victor H. Monreal says:

My deepest condolences and prayers to the family. I worked with Dr. Potter at Creekview and I know I speak for the entire Creekview family when I say she will be greatly missed.

Malena Eubanks says:

Susan was always very kind to me and everyone at CHS. I will miss her smile and odd sense of humor. RIP

Sean Kitchen says:

Dr. Potter was a kind, dedicated, amazing person! So glad I had the chance to spend 8 years working with her. So sorry for your loss.

Antje Strauss says:

I am deeply saddened by the sudden loss
Of Susan. What an honor it was to have known her and work with her. She always had such a kind, beautiful heart for students at Creekview. She will be deeply missed! I want to send my deepest condolences to you and your family. May the Lord comfort you and your family during this difficult time.
Antje Strauss

Ruth Schackmann says:

Susan was a bright light to me. Her kindness encouraged me every day. I cannot imagine a moment at Creekview High School without her. Our prayers lift up her family.

Maricela Lara says:

My heartfelt condolences to the family. Dr. Potter was a gem. She loved my son and always made sure he had all the help he needed! I knew if she treated him like that she treated all her students that way. We knew that we could keep her as a resource even while my son would be in College. She will truly be missed! My she rest in peace! My prayers are with you all!

Joshua Vandiver says:

I had the honor and privilege of having Dr. Potter, for a teacher, she was always so helpful and loved what she did! I will truly miss her!

Clemie Irby says:

I am truly sorry for your loss. Sending my prayers and condolences to each of you.

William Perdomo says:

I give my honors and my condolences to Mrs. Potter she was the best teacher she helped me on everything. Thanks to her I did well on my 4 years Rest In Peace Mrs. Potter you will never be forgotten. 😔

Maricela Reyna says:

My deepest condolences to the family. Susan was a great coworker and friend. RIP Susan.

Debbie Holliman says:

Susan was an extremely generous woman and I am glad I was a part of her family while she was here.

Natalie Mulvey says:

Very sorry to hear about Susan’s passing. May her family & friends find comfort in our heavenly Father Yahuah & His Son Yahshua Ha Mashiach.

Patty Farr says:

Susan was always a friendly face and willing to help anyone who passed her way, whether it was an instructional need, someone to sing along with, a prayer request or a listening ear. She was a great example of Christianity to all. I treasure my fond memories of her. 💕

Jennifer Peete says:

Dr. Potter was always serving up a conversation that partly about books, partly about the exciting activities she was planning for her students, and a bit of advice. I enjoyed seeing and chatting with her and will miss her.

Angel Davis says:

Susan will be greatly missed she gave the best advice and was always so warm and loving to me and my late husband Jerone Davis her laugh brightened my day and the love and friendship Glen and Susan shared was inspiring. So sharp and quick and always a Blessing to everyone…I will miss her smile and hugs and that hot cheese log me and Big D loved for the holidays I’m am standing on the Word of God with our family I love you Glen I love you Susan

Ann Warren says:

My heart broke when I heard of Dr. Potters passing. She and I shared many conversations over the years at Creekview. We always had a laugh. My favorite of hers, is the time she found a grasshopper in her car! I will miss her sweet smile and our laughs. My deep condolences to Glenn & Will.

Lori Norman says:

Susan kindly took me under her wing my first year as a teacher. She was always willing to collaborate and share her wonderful course content. She loved our students and we will cherish our memories of her forever in our hearts.

Natalie Wilson says:

I am deeply sorry to hear of Susan’s passing, and my heart goes out to all of her friends and family. I know she made a huge impact at Creekview, and that will never be forgotten.

Cindy Sommerman says:

Susan was a generous and supportive soul. Probably the most generous person I have ever met. She was a great role model and I will miss her. Thank you for sharing her with us.

Jenna says:

I am so sorry to hear about this, she will live in our hearts forever.

Jonnita Brown says:

To the family of Glen Potter, you have my sincerest condolences during this challenging time in your lives. Susan is in God’s care and your family is in God’s hands. May you find comfort in knowing you have a friend who’s only one phone call away.

Brianna L Posadas says:

She was an AMAZING person.. I have her as my teacher and there was never a dull moment with her. It is very sad just realizing she is no longer with us. Ms. Potter, I love you and I miss you so much. I´m sorry I never got to say it to you when you were alive. You wont be forgotten.

Theresia DiPalma says:

Please accept my condolences. I remember Susan as a very outgoing and friendly co-worker.

Nicholas Lara says:

I am so sorry to hear the news about Dr.Potters passing. She was an amazing mentor to me and so many other students at Creekview HS. May she rest in peace🙏🏻

Kathryn and Jim Sechrist says:

Its hard to imagine not seeing Susan in the halls. Our discussions about her favorite color purple, or her favorite students (all of them), her love of learning, ANd her wonderful smi le. We miss you Susan.

Kathryn Sechrist says:

We will miss you terribly. But the things youll see and learn up there. Enjoy the ride! You earned it.

Ally Sutherland says:

She was had an impressive life. She had so much education and experience. I wish the bowling team was still around so I could’ve couched by her. Even though i never had you you will be missed.

Micah & Pam Mahaney says:

Pam and I are saddened by the news of Susan’s passing. It seems like only yesterday that you were on a family vacation in Arkansas. My friend Glen & Will: Let me know if you need anything. Micah

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