"Dixie Carter was a Goddess," Potts said Monday in a statement to PEOPLE about her friend, who battled endometrial cancer. "The kind of wife and mother that every mother hopes their daughter will become and the kind of friend that is absolutely irreplaceable. She loved fiercely and was adored in return."
The two women played on the '80s sitcom together for nearly seven years. "To have known her a little was a delight to all. To have known her well, a treasure beyond reckoning. And now, a loss beyond measure," says Potts.