MARION Mrs. Wilda Thomas Poteat, 81, of Marion, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018, at Hospice of the Carolina Foothills following a period of declining health. A native of Pikeville, Tenn., she was born Sept. 9, 1937, to the late Earl and Billie Swafford Thomas. Having earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education, she worked for a time for the N.C. Extension Service in McDowell County for nine years after which she taught school at Marion High School and later at West McDowell Junior High. Wilda retired in 1998 with 30 years of dedicated service. She faithfully attended Marion Church of Christ and taught Sunday school there for over 15 years. She also volunteered at several of the local elementary schools in McDowell County after she had retired. Her husband of 47 years, Milledge "Mickey" Poteat, preceded her in death. Wilda leaves behind two daughters, Angelia Poteat Dearborn and, husband, Christopher of New Boston, N.H., and Melissa Tesseniar and husband, Dean, of Bostic; her sister, Beverly Baccaro and husband, Paul, of Loudon, Tenn; and a granddaughter, Laurin Jessica Bradley of Bostic. The family will receive friends Friday, Dec. 21, from 10 to 11 a.m., at the Marion Church of Christ. A funeral service will follow at 11 a.m., in the church with the Rev. Will T. Winchester and Mr. Matthew Crawford officiating. Burial will follow at McDowell Memorial Park where she will be laid to rest beside her beloved Mickey. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of the Carolina Foothills, P.O. Box 336, Forest City, NC 28043. Westmoreland Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.westmorelandfuneralhome.com.