Mary Ann Potts

Born: Mon., Apr. 5, 1937
Died: Wed., Nov. 22, 2017


5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Fri., Dec. 01, 2017
Location: St. Mary's Catholic Church

Funeral Service

7:00 PM Fri., Dec. 01, 2017

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“Throughout all my life, I have been bound up with two words, God, and music.” – Sister Mary Ann


Mary Ann Potts, born in Chillicothe, Missouri, April 5th, 1937 was the youngest child and only daughter of Edward and Catherine (Miller) Potts.  Her brother, Henry Louis Potts, is her only surviving sibling. 


Mary Ann described her parents as “very religious.”  In 1956, Mary Ann entered the Poor School Sisters of the Third Order St. Francis, Chillicothe, Missouri.  She earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary and secondary music education (1969), and a master’s degree in music theory (1975), both from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.  Mary Ann also earned other various certifications in theology and music. While Mary Ann was working on her education, she lived with the Sisters of St. Joseph.  “I was inspired by the sisters I lived with and their kindness, dedication, and acceptance on one another.”


Mary Ann transferred to the Sisters of St. Joseph, August 2nd, 1970.   “My life as a Sister of St. Joseph has been one of Joy, as I have had the opportunity to serve God’s people in many settings.”  Music, (she played the piano since age five) has always been a source of great joy to her; teaching others to appreciate it and encouraging young students to be better than they dreamed they could be, was pure delight.  In the 1970’s and 1980’s, Sister Mary Ann taught music, and sometimes religion, at Visitation School in Kansas City, Missouri; St. Anthony High School, St. Louis, Missouri; Denver Central Catholic High, Denver, Colorado; and at St. Joseph Academy, Green Bay Wisconsin, where she was first a teacher and then worked in Development.   Several vacation periods included taking a group of students to serve the very poor in Mexico.  They visited families, lived simply and prayed together.  Seeing the extreme poverty was an eye-opening for many of the young people. 


1989, Sister Mary Ann and her dear friend, Sister Helen Rottier (now deceased), moved to Texas where Mary Ann taught at St. Joseph Academy, Brownsville.  From 1997 until her death, she has worked with students at Los Fresnos Elementary School, Los Fresnos, Texas.  Sister Mary Ann has had great success in adapting Broadway Musicals for students to perform – even for students as young as a fourth and fifth grade.    Over the years, she has produced 80 Broadway musicals with her students. 


Sister Mary Ann was also a great sports fan, especially the Green Bay Packers, the Los Angeles Lakers and the St. Louis Cardinals.


In an interview for a Sisters of St. Joseph publication, Sister Mary Ann said, “I cannot thank God enough for leading me to the Sisters of St. Joseph and for all the wonderful opportunities to serve Him in the Poor.  I could not ask for anything more.”   May she rest in peace.


Sister Mary Ann Potts, CSJ was baptized into the hope of Christ’s resurrection, Wednesday, November 22, 2017. Our dear relative, friend, and Sister in religious life. Sister Mary Ann is survived by her brother, Louis. SERVICES: visitation 5-7pm with funeral Mass at 7 pm at Mary, Mother of the Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the retirement fund for the Sisters of St. Joseph, 6400 Minnesota Ave., St. Louis, MO 63111 or to the Peru Mission Fund, Sisters of St. Joseph, 10777 Sunset Office Drive, Suite 10, St. Louis, MO 63127. 

Arrangements have been entrusted to Garza Memorial Funeral Home, 1025 E. Jackson St. Brownsville, TX. (956) 542-5511.



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A farewell to our friend, mentor and an inspiration to Valley teachers. -RGV Orff Chapter

Irene H. Rodriguez
   Posted Fri December 01, 2017
You will forever be missed! Thank you for always having something to say....your smile lives on :)

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