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Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Brown Bag Regular Marian Harding Dies at 97

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Longime Westporter and Town Hall Brown Bag regular Marian Harding died Monday night at a Fairfield convalescent home after a lengthy illness. She was 97. She is pictured two years ago when fellow Brown Baggers feted her on her 95th birthday. Matthew Mandell for WestportNow.com


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Thank you, WestportNow, for memorializing Marian’s beautiful smile.  Such a great photo by Matt Mandel of Marian’s special day! 

Marian loved attending the Brown Bag lunches at Town Hall.  She and I first met at a Brown Bag lunch nine years ago.  We celebrated her birthdays each year with her Brown Bag friends. 

Marian learned how to use a computer in her late 80’s.  She became quite proficient and was an avid reader of WestportNow. 

Marian enjoyed reading – and writing to – the local newspapers.  She was a constant advocate for local causes.  She never hesitated to share her concerns – often by e-mail – about senior citizens, the budget, traffic, parking, the library, etc.  Marian loved animals and gardening and her family and friends. 

Marian’s family is respecting her desire not to have a memorial service.  Friends who want to reminisce might want to view Marian’s website at http://mabee.freeservers.com/ .  Photos and newspaper clippings document her singing career, her family and even her early days on the UCLA pistol team.

Marian was a special person.  I miss her already.

Posted by Alice Shelton on June 28, 2006 at 03:07 PM | #