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Cappy Pottle

September 12, 2018


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POTTLE, Cappy Cappy Pottle died peacefully as the sun rose on September 12 in her home in Cotati, California comforted by her wife of nearly fifty years, Gloria Birch, close friends, and family. Cappy was born in Los Angeles, preceded in death by parents Harold Hathaway Pottle and Elizabeth Price Pottle and sisters Linn Pottle Subotnick and Joy Pottle Smith. She and her sisters were gifted and highly successful musicians, she and Linn as violinists (Linn switching later to viola) and Joy as pianist. As a trio, their ensemble won the internationally prestigious Coleman Chamber Music Competition in Pasadena. Performing both as soloists and in chamber music groups the sisters performed concerts throughout the Southern California area. Cappy graduated from Los Angeles High School, where she was concertmaster of the school orchestra and an all-state honors orchestra. She studied at the Music Academy of the West and attended UC Santa Barbara. Cappy played her violin throughout her life and was a member of the Santa Rosa Symphony and the Carmel Bach Festival Orchestra. She later performed with pianists Barbara Harwood and Alyce O’Sullivan at many small concerts and gatherings. In 1956 she moved to Northern California where she pursued a dream of raising and breeding German Shepherds. She created a magazine (The Western Shepherd Journal) and was a board member of the German Shepherd Dog Club of America for many years, where she started a year book about the importance of planned breeding using the futurity winners as a guide. Cappy became a judge of German Shepherds and judged all over the US, Canada, Mexico and Russia. She was a lover of all animals and living things. Cappy was an accomplished writer, photographer, and painter. She had many exhibitions of her art and donated her work to the Sonoma State University Art from the Heart and Face to Face benefit auctions. Family and friends were of the utmost importance to Cappy. Although she did not have children, her home became the meeting place for family in summer and on holidays. Family also included an extensive community of lifelong friends and caretaker Vonnie Marsden. Her warmth, love, sense of humor, and playfulness will never be forgotten. She loved to dance and swim. Cappy is survived by Gloria Birch; her nephews Kevin Smith, Chris Smith, and Steven Subotnick; her niece, Tamara Subotnick Winer; three great-nephews, Zack Smith, Michael Smith, and Jared Winer; and three great-nieces, Brittany Smith, Samantha Smith, and Krista Smith. She will be greatly missed by her family, friends, dear lifelong friend Rosemary Waller, Rosemary’s family, and her beloved dogs, cats, goats, chickens, horses, and ponies.