Traverse City Record-Eagle


December 1, 2013

Dorothy Jones Potter Died Nov. 25, 2013

TRAVERSE CITY — Dorothy Jones Potter, 89, of Traverse City, passed away unexpectedly and peacefully at home on Monday, Nov. 25, 2013.

Dorothy defined the practice of unconditional love with her generosity and acceptance. She lived her life selflessly, providing constant support and care to her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and stepchildren. She never failed to express her love, pride and curiosity in her family members to foster their growth.

Dorothy was born on June 7, 1924, in Detroit, to the late Raymond B. and Elsie B. (Mayer) Harrison.

She married Robert L. Jones in 1946 and with this loving union raised three children. Robert preceded her in death in 1973. Several years later she moved from Plymouth to Traverse City, having spent many years vacationing at the family’s Glen Lake home.

She met and married Jerry L. Potter in 1980. He preceded her death in 1985.

Dorothy graduated from Cooley High School in Detroit and attended both Wayne State University and the University of Michigan.

Dorothy was an active member of the First Church of Christ, Scientist. She was a member of the Railroad Historical Society of NW Michigan.

Surviving Dorothy are her children, David Lawrence (Shirley Li) Jones, Barbara Jones (Geoff) Smith and Jacqueline Jeanne (Peter Turchyn) Jones; grandchildren, Jennifer (Michael) Pilz, Bryan (Lise-Anne Beyries) Smith, Meghan (David) Brown, Andrew (Caroline) Jones, Caitlin (Sam Robinson) Smith, Laura Jones and Riley (Nikii Grist) Jones; great-grandchildren, Megan, Owen, Griffin, Lily, Nelson, Judah, Aaron and Kaley; and her stepchildren, Nancy (Blair Miller) Potter, Mike and Kathy Potter, Matt and Meredith Potter .

Dorothy will be remembered by her loving family and friends through her dedication to loved ones and her enthusiasm for travel, trains, musical theater, bands, parades, gift giving, eating sweets, knowing her ancestry, being informed, devotion to daily scripture readings and her independence. The world is a better place for having known her.

A memorial service will be held for Dorothy on Friday, Dec. 13, at 1 p.m., at the Reynolds-Jonkoff Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the First Church of Christian Science, Traverse City, The Women’s Resource Center, Traverse City, or the Railroad Historical Society of NW Michigan.

Please sign Dorothy’s online guestbook at

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