Mildred “Mid” Pote died October 28, 2016 in Colorado Springs. Mid was born in Bridgewater, Iowa on December 10, 1920 to Minnie and Robert Boehler. During WWII she followed her high school sweetheart and love of her life, Jack Pote, to California where Jack was stationed in the Navy. They were married there in July 1943 and celebrated 59 years of marriage. Jack predeceased Mid in 2001. She is survived by her daughter, Melinda, and son-in-law, Mark Klinger; son, Bob, and daughter-in-law, Jan Pote; grand-daughter, Callie Pote; step-grandchildren: Andrew, Sarah and Emily Fiske; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
While in California during the war, Mid worked in the shipyards with many other military wives. After Jack was discharged they moved back to Iowa where Jack completed his pharmacy degree at the University of Iowa and Mid received her teaching certificate teaching school for several years. In 1958, the family moved to Colorado Springs where Mid assisted Jack in running their own pharmacy and later began a 20-year career at Memorial Hospital as a Ward Clerk, retiring in 1985.
Mid was active in many groups. She was a member of East United Methodist Church, volunteering in a variety of roles. She was an avid card player and enjoyed bridge, pinochle, bunco and most any game that involved her family or friends. While living at The Inn at Garden Plaza, Bingo was her game and she expected to win! Mid was noted for her cooking and baking, particularly at Christmas time when she baked over 50 dozen cookies each year sharing her delicious gifts with many. Until her later years, Mid was an active walker and many years averaged over 500 miles per year.
Beyond all of her activities her most cherished experiences involved time spent with her family. After Jack’s passing, Melinda and Mid became best friends and shared activities in many groups together. Melinda provided nearly daily care for Mid in her later years – a joy for them both. Bob was able to tap into Mid’s great sense of humor bringing many a smile to her face. Callie was Mid’s pride and joy; she delighted in being part of Callie’s life and was such a devoted grandma. Mid’s life was so enriched by the these three and her many friends about whom she often expressed her deep gratitude.
Visitation will be from 12-1 pm on Wednesday, November 2, at East United Methodist Church, 1505 E. Monument St., with the service at 1 pm; a reception will follow. Entombment will be at the Shrine of Remembrance at 3:30 pm.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to The Inn at Garden Plaza or to East United Methodist Church.