Saying Goodbye To Friend and Actress Mary Potts

Early this morning, Indianapolis actress Mary Potts died.   She was active in the local theatre community for a long time.  I am sorry that I never got to see her perform.  By the time I met her, she already had health problems.

However, I am very grateful that I got to meet her and spend time with her on two separate social occasions.  I loved her feisty theatre stories.  Even more, I loved that she seemed to sincerely like me for myself, not for what I might write about her.  The last time a few of us met for dinner, as we were all saying goodbye, she hugged me and quietly told me I was beautiful.  

That doesn’t happen to me very often.

I think there will be an event celebrating her life in a month or so.  Her friend, Joe, tells me she did not want a funeral.  Another friend, Diane, is starting to collect stories and anecdotes from people who knew Mary at all stages of her life.  I’ll look forward to hearing them.  It will be a privilege.

But right now, the little I know of Mary at the end of her life is enough to make me feel grateful.  She is a role model for me: it is never too late to make a difference in someone else’s life with your actions and your words and your presence.  Mary Potts certainly made a difference in mine.

Hope Baugh – www.IndyTheatreHabit.com

2 thoughts on “Saying Goodbye To Friend and Actress Mary Potts”

  1. I’m in the same boat, Hope. Our time in community theatre didn’t overlap. I met Mary just recently. We were planning an old broads’ group, who would hobble around the streets, quietly (or not) terrorizing the populace. In her humor, her acceptance of her own situation, and her appreciation of others, she was rare and special.

  2. I am reading this upon waking at 7:30 am Sat.
    Thank you for your post, which allows me to start
    the day with happy thoughts of Mary and you and the two lovely evenings we spent together.
    She was always the first one to say, “Let’s do this again soon.” at the end of a night. I realize now that she knew that time was really of the essence.
    May she inspire us all to “do it now.”

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