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Betty Ruth affectionately called Baby Ruth (she loved baby ruth candy) was the only child of Rev. Josephine Robertson and Clint Wright on February 13, 1937, in Moffett, Okla. She attended the Moffett Elementary school. She and Alizue Newton (her grandmother) and the late Emanuel Newton use to walk from Moffett, Okla., to Fort Smith, Ark., to the Baptist church. In those days they ate at church and stayed the entire day and half the evening and did not complain. They loved going to church and praising the Lord. There was a flood that hit Moffett, Okla., and destroyed their home so they came to Kansas City, Mo., where Betty Ruth’s Aunt Murlee stayed. She owned a beauty shop and her husband owned an ice cream parlor along with a barber shop. Betty Ruth said her hair was always fixed and Aunt Murlee dressed her in new apparel all the time. At this time they went to the Friendship Baptist church. Later, she went to Bishop Chambers Evangelist Temple Church of God In Christ on Benton Blvd., with her grandmother, Alizue Newton and the late Emanuel Newton. They began to travel with Bishop Chambers and sang for the Lord, prayed and loved the Lord. Since Betty Ruth did not have any siblings she considered Emanuel Newton, Betty Nave, Mary Lois Hill, Dorothy RelifordHurst, Jodie Taylor and Ledie Wesley-Gilbert her brother and sisters…… “The Wesley Singers” featuring Emanuel Newton. She had a great love for all her family members. She met the love of her life, Ferris Sonny Potts at her cousin, the late Cecil Brown’s house. They married July 11, 1953, and celebrated years of marriage. She joined Pastor Emanuel Newton’s church with her nine children in 1964, Mrs. Potts loved to work for the church in silence that’s what got her, Patricia Douglas and Ruby McClellan their name “The Silent Workers.” Whatever the first family needed and wanted the “Silent Workers” made sure the request was fulfilled. Mrs. Potts loved to travel with the church, then she started taking cruises with Steve and Verma Brown’s “Traveling with V’s LLC” travel agency. Then Nonnnie, her daughter organized the “BFGT” group in the church to find raise and do whatever the church needed. Once again Mrs. Potts worked in the background and raised a lot of money. She would tell each one of her nine children what to give her so she could make her quota in the BFGT group….by the way it stands for “Bunch of Folks Getting Together. She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Felix Potts. She leaves to cherish her memory: her husband, Ferris A. (Sonny) Potts; her children, Anita Y. (Nonnie) Potts, Edna Alexander (David), Frances Cunningham (Raymond), Ferris A. Potts Jr. (Jackie), Peggy Rowell (Anthony), Randy Potts (Debbie), Larry Lee Potts, Teresa Hill (Greg), Vernon Potts (Linda). A host of grandchildren, great grands; her sisters “The Wesley” singers; many special cousins too many to name. Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, Aug. 11, 2022,at 11 a.m. at the Christian Tabernacle COGIC. Interment, Forest Hill cemetery. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. at the church. Service conducted by Lawrence A. Jones & Sons Funeral chapel.