Potts, Amanda

Amanda L. Potts, 36, of Gallup, N.M., and formerly of West Unity, Ohio, died July 31, 2013, at her home.

She was born Nov. 19, 1976, in Morenci, Mich., to Terry and Paulette (Zuver) Potts.

Amanda was a 1995 graduate of Hilltop High School, and obtained a bachelor’s degree in communications from Defiance College in 1999. She has been a resident of Gallup for the past 10 years, where she served as a special needs instructor for McKinley County School. She had a sincere passion for education and special needs and enjoyed the relationships with her students. Amanda was an avid reader and also enjoyed writing.

She is survived by her father, Terry Potts of West Unity; two sisters, Susan (and Todd) Elliott of  West Unity, and Jessica Potts (and Jeff Beck) of Archbold, Ohio; paternal grandmother, Inez Potts of Fayette; maternal aunts, Rosie Campbell and Carol (and Cole) Richards, all of Bullhead City, Ariz.; paternal uncles Brent Potts of Bryan, Ohio, and Greg (and Monica) Potts of West LaFayette, Ind.; and her nieces and nephew, Emily, Hayden, Samantha and Alexandria.

In addition to her mother, she was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Paul and Frances Zuver; paternal grandfather, Eldon Potts; and uncles Michael Potts, CJ Potts, and Bud Campbell.

A celebration of her life is planned at noon Saturday, Sept. 14, at the Fayette Christian Church-Disciples, with Pastor Gene Sugg officiating. Private family interment will precede in Pleasant View Union Cemetery in Fayette.

Memorial donations are suggested to the West Unity library or to Autism Speaks.

Arrangements were made by Eagle Funeral Home-Barrett Chapel in Fayette.