Erma J. Potter

Nov. 8, 1937 – April 22, 2019

FORT LARAMIE – Memorial services for Erma J. Potter, 91, will be 2 p.m. Saturday, April 27, 2019, at the Fort Laramie Presbyterian Church with Pastor John Taylor officiating. Burial of the ashes will follow in the Fort Laramie Cemetery. Erma died April 22, 2019, at Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff, Neb., and cremation has taken place.

Memorials can be given to the Fort Laramie Presbyterian or the Fort Laramie Fire Department. Arrangements are by the Colyer Funeral Home and condolences may be sent to

Erma was born Nov. 8, 1937, on a farm near Lyman, Neb., the daughter of Herman and Nellie (Clark) Nolke. They moved to the Fort Laramie area, where she attended and graduated high school in 1956. She then attended Eastern Wyoming College for a year-and-a-half. 

She married Charles Potter on Dec. 23, 1956, in Fort Laramie. They lived and worked a farm north of Fort Laramie. She worked at the Tri-City Head Start in Guernsey for five years and then worked for the Goshen County School District No. 1 as a secretary at the Fort Laramie School for 22 years. She and Charles moved to Torrington in August 2015.

Erma was a member of the Fort Laramie Presbyterian Church, where she served as a deacon for many years, and the Women’s Bible Study. She enjoyed camping, reading and spending time with her family.

Erma is survived by her husband Charles of Torrington; two sons William (Cindy) Potter of Fort Laramie and Lee (Erika) Potter of Lusk; a daughter Sherry (Phil) McBride of Cheyenne; a brother Calvin Nolke of Lyman; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother Carl Nolke; and six sisters Dorothy Spath, Muriel Frahm, Lucille Nickal, Helen Nolke, Lola Russell and Emogene Terwilliger.


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