ROWLEY, MA — Barbara Jane (MacMillan) Potts passed away, Monday, January 28th, 2013. She was the beloved wife of 46 years to the late Thomas J. Potts, Jr. who passed in January 2011.
Barbara was born on September 2, 1928 in Plainfield NJ, the daughter of Earle R. and Jessie B. (Winter) MacMillan.
She grew up attending schools in Westfield, NJ, where she graduated from Westfield High School where she met the love of her life Tom. Barbara, Tom and family moved to Rowley in 1956.
When her children were young, Barbara was involved in many activities including Cub Scouting (as a den mother), Garden Club, and she really enjoyed playing Bridge. She taught square dancing to the junior high classes at Pine Grove School for two years. It was commonplace for her to be seen driving a car full of children from the neighborhood to various activities.
Square Dancing and Round Dancing were a big part of her life with Tom where together they taught Square and Round Dancing for over 30 years within the New England area and locally with the Barnstormers Square Dance Club. In the summer, Barbara often hosted Square Dancing nights at her home on Fenno Drive by transforming their two-car garage into a dancing area. Later they organized and held a week long Square/Round Dance Family Camp for many years. She was an active member of several square and round dance clubs/associations where together with Tom they held many key offices. They were part of the group that incorporated the Square Dance Foundation of New England, Inc. She was the co-president of the New England Council of Square Dance callers for several years.
Barbara received the prestigious Yankee Clipper Award of Service to the New England Square and Round Dance community. In 1998, she was inducted into the Square Dance Foundation of New England Hall of Fame. She was part of a group of callers invited to “Legacy,” a national group of dancers, callers and cuers.