Frances Elizabeth Reynolds Potter Edwards, of Watkins Glen, formerly of West Greenwich, R.I., passed on Friday June 9, 2017 after 88 productive years on earth.

Friends and relatives are invited to a celebration of Frances’s life at 1 p.m. June 25 at Saint James’ Episcopal Church, located at the corner of 6th and Decatur Streets, Watkins Glen.  Monetary donations may be made to the Saint James’ Episcopal Church Bell Tower and Building Restoration Fund, Saint James’ Episcopal Church, 112 Sixth St., Watkins Glen, N. Y. 14891; more information at

A Rhode Island celebration of Fran’s life will be held at a future date. You may “Light A Candle of Remembrance” or express condolences to the Family online at  Arrangements by Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, Watkins Glen.

Born Frances Elizabeth Reynolds Sept. 26, 1928, she was the fifth of six children born to George A. and Mary V. (Whitford) Reynolds, in Exeter, R.I. Fran lived most of her adult life in West Greenwich, coming to live in 2010 with her son, John H. Potter (Robert D. Willits) in Watkins Glen.

Fran had worked with her first husband John H. Potter Jr. in West Greenwich, where they founded and ran a textile manufacturing business “Potter Lace Works” in the 1950s and 1960s. Following her first husband’s death, she worked at Bostitch Inc. in East Greenwich, RI., working in inventory control until her retirement. She married her second husband Seba D. Edwards, of Canonchet, R.I. in 1977.

Fran had many different interests through the years, among them working with computers, gardening, genealogy, politics, handwork, furniture refinishing, real estate law, and of course visiting with friends and family. She also leaves a legacy that documents the family’s history back to the original immigrant settlers to Massachusetts and Rhode Island. She enjoyed sharing stories of her rural Rhode Island farm life, growing up without electricity, and her one room schoolhouse days. Also, Frances was loved and admired for her commitment to social good, personal industry, a dry Yankee humor, and a thick down-east accent.

Fran birthed three sons: the first died at birth, her second, John survives, her third son, Gary Scott Potter, passed at the age of 15. Fran was predeceased by her husbands, John H. Potter Jr. and Seba D. Edwards, both of West Greenwich. She and Seba were very active in St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church in Hopkinton, R I., where he served 35 years as Senior Warden.

Besides her son and son-in-law, Fran is survived by her loving grandchildren Melissa “Missy” Sue Potter Aprea (Vic) of Brooktondale, and Nathan Scott Potter of Coventry, R. I.

She is also survived by an extended Rhode Island family whom she cherished dearly: a brother, George A. Jr. (age 95) and his son, Randy Reynolds; a sister-in-law, June Reynolds, wife of her late brother, Clark Reynolds. Also surviving are nieces, Mary Joan Allen Boissoneault (Craig), Debbie Reynolds Moon (Danny), and Beverly J. Franklin Grundy (James). Also her nephews, Clark and Ronald (Candy) Reynolds, James C. Franklin (Margaret), and Roger M. Franklin, and her former daughter-in-law, Cindy Payne Potter of Hope Valley, R.I. Many grand nieces, nephews and numerous cousins also survive.

Fran leaves special friends Helen Blohm of Reading, Peggy Field of Watkins Glen, and Alice Garey of Ithaca.