The magic of Harriet Potter

One photo shows Harriet and Art with musical instruments in hand: Art played the acoustic guitar with Harriet balancing out the "act" on fiddle. The husband and wife team got many toes to tap on local floorboards at community dances from the 1940s through the 1960s.

In counting her blessings, Harriet is lucky to have children and great grandchildren around her. She is also fortunate to have younger siblings to toast her milestone: brother Fred Grant Smith of Burlington and sisters Bea Kallahan of Danville and Jean Hooker of Palm Coast, Fla.

Despite being wheelchair bound, Harriet is remarkably active. Every Thursday she plays bingo and scrabble at the Rutland Senior Center where she enjoys the Meals on Wheels weekly dinner. She also meets friend at church, and keeps up with the news through local newspapers and the Fox News network.

Harriet's daughter and son-in-law, Bette and Robert Parker of Rutland, have welcomed their "Hattie" to their home and care for her; they make sure that she enjoys life and remains an active member of the community.

While Harriet's memory has slipped in recent years, daughter Bette helps by having family photos close by to keep the past-and the thoughts of family members-alive.

"It's remarkable for someone to reach this age," Bette said, "and when it's your own mother, it's even more remarkable."

"And I have to say she's the best mother-in-law in the world," said Harriet's son-in-law, Robert Parker.

So, happy 90th birthday, Harriet Potter. Many, many more.

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