2017-03-23 / Obituaries

Maggie Potter

Maggie Potter, 23, of Brighton, Mass., and Jamestown, passed away March 8, 2017.

She and her boyfriend, Max Muessig, were traveling together in Michigan when a tragic accident during a windstorm took both their lives.

Maggie was born in Troy, Mich., and grew up in Wilton, Conn., and Bedford, N.Y. She graduated from Northfield Mount Hermon School in 2012 and the University of Vermont in 2016 where she received a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in Spanish. Soon after graduation, Maggie moved to Boston where she was pursuing a career in wedding planning.

Maggie was well traveled and developed great friendships everywhere she went. She would always say how it opened her eyes to a broader, more inclusive perspective of the world. Those experiences led her to an early advocacy of caring for others. While at UVM, Maggie became involved in various programs in human welfare and advancement that included alcohol safety, anti hazing policies, diversity and woman’s self-defense with her sisters at the Tri-Delta Sorority.

Maggie was blessed with a giving spirit, a positive nature and an authenticity that endeared her to many. It didn’t hurt that she also had a lively, sometimes sassy wit, and was always game for an adventure. Her bright smile and infectious laugh pulled people in as she was always keen to have fun.

Her friends remember Maggie as caring and always concerned for others. She brought people together and made connections. Every friend of Maggie’s has a story of her helping them out through difficult times. Those who knew her were amazed at how Maggie could show such determination and work so hard for her own achievements while being ready to drop anything at a moment’s notice to help a friend. A universal observation of Maggie is that she was constantly full of love.

Maggie had friends of all ages. She was equally comfortable talking with her parents’ friends, with younger children and with senior citizens. Maggie kept connections with children she had babysat as they moved into their teen years, becoming a beloved confidant, mentor and friend. She was known to tell assembled friends, encouraging them to stay with her a little longer, “I actually do like to spend time with people my own age, too.”

From a young age, Maggie was an old soul. Mature beyond her years she joked, not infrequently, that she had to stay home to “babysit my parents.” Responsible, steady and dependable in the face of all that came her way, Maggie was a reliable daughter, sister and friend.

Maggie was fortunate to find her soulmate at such a young age. She met her boyfriend, Maxwell Muessig, of Midland, Mich., while at UVM. She endured innumerable jokes about “robbing the cradle” because they began dating when she was 21 and he was 18. In her own resolute way, Maggie saw Max’s wonderful character and core values and the two of them forged a remarkable relationship that only strengthened as time went on. They were happy and at peace in one another’s company and were looking forward to a promising future together.

Maggie’s and Max’s passing reminds us all of the fragility and preciousness of life. They will be sorely missed by family and friends and their spirits will live on.

Maggie is survived by her mother, Penelope, and father, Ted, and brother, Gus. She is also survived by her grandmother, Gail Stoddart; great-aunt, Pamela Gerard; step-grandfather, C. Lawson Willard; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

A celebration of Maggie’s life will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 1 at St. Matthew’s Church, 87 Narragansett Ave.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Maggie Potter Memorial Fund at maggiepottermemorialfund.org.

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