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BARRE – Laura Olivia (Wilder) Potvin, 90, of Keith Avenue, passed away on Sunday, August 9, at the UVM Medical Center in Burlington. Born on February 21, 1930, in Northfield, she was the daughter of Raymond and Hazel (Brown) Wilder. Laura attended local elementary schools and graduated from Montpelier High School.

On September 30, 1951, she married Wallace “Bobby” Potvin in St. Albans. Following their marriage, they made their home in Cabot for 50 years before moving to Barre.

Laura worked as a full-time homemaker until all her children went to school, and then she worked for Cabot Creamery for 20 years.

Laura was a member of the Cabot Ladies Home Dem. She enjoyed sewing, knitting and crocheting. She also cherished her trips to Karaoke with her sister. In most recent years, Laura loved her puzzle books and spending time with her family.

Survivors include her companion and caregiver granddaughter Desiree Allen; her children Peter Potvin and his wife, Luz of Wesley Chapel, Fla.; Gloria Colbeth of Wilder; Dorothy Fletcher and her husband, Daniel of Washington; Linda Potvin of St. George; June Rieder of Barre; and Betty Gile and her husband, Dustin of Cabot; her grandchildren Gabrielle Brown and her husband Herman, Peter Potvin III and his wife, Sherrol; Daniel Fletcher; Derek Allen; Arthur Fletcher; Steven Hough; Darcy Allen; Amanda Rieder; Kate Hough; and Jessica Rieder; 13 great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild; her sisters Beatrice McAllister of Williamstown, and Ramona Pierce of Walpole; as well as multiple nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Bobby, grandson Travis Hough, brother Elbert, who died in infancy, and sister Amy McNaulty.

A graveside service to honor and celebrate her life will be held on Wednesday, August 26, at 11 a.m. in the Durant Cemetery in Cabot. Family and friends may call on Tuesday, August 25, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Hooker Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy Street, Barre. Masks and social distancing will be required. For a memorial guestbook, visit

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Laura’s memory may be made to one’s favorite charity.

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