Departed ~ 08/2007
mention your name and i’m gone again, ohhhh i’m gone again.
I learned all my most important first lessons about travel, fine cuisine, culture, markets, silver jewelry and fabrics from my amazing, talented artistic beautiful Mother Lois Potthoff Elder. She exuded style, grace and beauty in all she did. She was a gifted watercolor artist and had a deep appreciation for the art of Spain and Mexico, India and Thailand. In Bangkok our family spent our entire Sundays at Snam Luang weekend market. Hunting for treasures, admiring an infinite variety of creativity in wood, textile, precious metals, Thai Silks, spices and munching our way though acres of food stalls. Toasted coconut treats, grilled pineapple, mee Krob . Toasted peanut thingies! Aside from the beaches of southern Thailand, these were my favorite memories of our family. Everyone going their own way for hours, then reconnecting off and on all day. What few gifts I possess as a human being I Lay them all at her feet.
Missing her deeply today.
Kudos!! For my amazing Mother Lois. My father Art always called her “Lady” and she always called him “Man” .. I know it could not have been easy being a Navy Wife with 5 kids. but you wanted to travel the world.. and that is exactly what we did! You were in charge and let everyone know it. Occasionally, Art would come home on leave from the ship, or some tour of duty abroad and give you serious “back up”. In Spain and France you would pack up the Peugeot and we would set out on another adventure. Driving to wherever the next port of call was for the USS Springfield. Flagship of the 6th fleet. Such great times we all had! I loved watching you paint! Such great Art genes flowed through you to all your children, and now mine as well! Thanks for all your hard work. I could not imagine or want it to have unfolded any other way!
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