Esther Poteate, 87, known for her sense of humor, spirit of fun and love for others

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esther poteateEsther Poteate, age 87, passed away Sunday, January 24, 2016 at Lower Cape Fear Hospice Life Care Center in Wilmington, N.C., with her children by her side.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, S. Blair Poteate, Jr. and was a devoted wife, mother, and friend.

Mrs. Poteate was born in Norfolk, VA in 1928 and was a resident of Williamsburg since 1959 until she moved to Wilmington, N.C., in late 2014. She was a member of the Williamsburg Community Chapel and former member of the Williamsburg United Methodist Church. Mrs. Poteate had been a member of the Junior Women’s Club and was a past president of the Queens Lake Garden Club.

She was a historic interpreter in Colonial Williamsburg, which complimented her love of history. Mrs. Poteate was active in the real estate business for many years and had been a charter member of the Williamsburg Community Hospital Auxillary. After she and her husband retired, they served in the hospital’s Assist Program. She loved spending time with her family and she thoroughly enjoyed her years of boating, fishing, cooking, and travel. She was known for her sense of humor, spirit of fun and her love for others.

She is survived by her son, S. Blair Poteate, III and his wife, Lorraine; her daughter, Anne Ratkus and her husband, Jim; her grandsons Matthew Poteate, Bryan Hendry, and Andrew Ratkus; her brother-in-law, Wilmer B. Poteate and his wife Jacqueline; one niece, and three nephews.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 13th at the Williamsburg Community Chapel, 3899 John Tyler Highway. The interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to either Lower Cape Fear Hospice, 1414 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, NC 28401, or Hospice House and Support Care of Williamsburg, VA 23188.

Please leave online condolences for the family at Bucktrout of Williamsburg.

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