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Marian Shotter McFaddin

December 10, 2015
Lake Placid News

Marian Shotter McFaddin passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015 in Littleton, Massachusetts at the age of 91. Her daughter Ann and son Larry spent her last days with her.

Marian was born in London, England on Aug. 2, 1924.

Marian grew up in London, England with her father George Shotter, mother Alice Shotterand five siblings, Joan, Betty, Mary, John and Barbara.

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Marian experienced the harsh realities of World War II, but she would tell you that time held some of her fondest memories. She, along with her sisters would later volunteer in the Women's Royal Naval Service (WRNS), where they would play a key role in their ultimate victory. At age 19, Marian was stationed at Bletchley Park where she was a "Code Breaker" working on the famous Enigma Code. Under the threat of imprisonment, she was not allowed to reveal anything about her work even to family or friends. Her own children did not know of her activities until many years later. Only recently did Marian receive a medal and plaque from the British Prime Minister for her war work, which she cherished. She as well as other Women who contributed to the war effort were invited back to Bletchley, now a war museum, for a formal acknowledgement of their services to Country.

In 1945, Marian met an American, Lawrence B. McFaddin from Bloomington Indiana, who served with the United States Army Office of Strategic Services (OSS), stationed in Berlin, Germany and the United Kingdom. After the war, and while Lawrence had returned stateside, they corresponded for five years before marrying in England on April 10, 1950 and moved back to the United States to raise a family with two children.

Marian was a fantastic gardener and took great pride in the quality and appearance of her gardens, Dahlias being her specialty. She was an avid artist and continued to work on her pastels and portraiture to the end of her life. She took enormous pride in making her homes beautiful and welcoming, wherever their travels took she them. Over the years they would make homes in Pennsylvania, California, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Maine. She was happiest though when she was near the ocean.

Among many other interests, Marian's love of dogs was always at the forefront of her life. She seemed always to find dogs in need of homes and rescued many of them, especially large dogs like Great Danes and Irish Wolfhounds. From English Setters during her childhood to Portuguese Water Dogs later in life, dogs were always omnipresent.

Marian worked full time as soon as Ann and Lawrence were school age. She was an Executive Secretary for a number of smaller firms and later would bring this skill set to private schools where she enjoyed many years of respected employment. Throughout her work life, she instilled a strong work ethic in both of her children and balanced this with providing for the needs of her active and involved children.

Marian is survived by her son Larry S. McFaddin of Lake Placid; her daughter Ann and son-in-law Thomas P. Brady of Westford, Massachusetts; her four grandchildren: Lane McFaddin and Alexandra McFaddin, both of Lake Placid, Caitlin Leigh Brady Rusnica of Fonda and Benjamin T. Brady of New Hampton, New Hapshire; her sister Mary Wittkower of Rockport, Massachusetts; and her brother John Shotter, who lives in England.

Marian was predeceased by her sisters, Joan Shotter, Betty Shotter and Barbara Ninness.

A celebration of life will take place in the spring for Marian and her husband Lawrence Van Buskirk McFaddin at the ocean, a place they loved together.



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