Memorial service for Marian Herd Shorter was recently held at Murray Brothers Funeral Home in the Cascade Chapel. She was 89 years young and remembered for her “happy marriage” to the late Dr. Henry Shorter Jr., the love of her life, according friends and family.
Marian Shorter was born on Feb. 3, 1923 in Hixson, Tenn. to the late Willie Mae and Otto Heard Sr. She was the eldest of four children, and was preceded in death by her siblings, Otto Herd Jr., Martha Davis and Evelyn Watt. The deceased attended public school in Chattanooga, Tenn. and graduated from Howard High School in 1941 with honors. She later graduated from Spelman College, where she remained an active alumna. She enjoyed 45 years of marriage and extensive travel with her husband.
An avid seamstress who often designed her outfits, she was recognized for her talents in Ebony magazine and was chosen one of Ebony’s Best Dressed Women. She also supported several charitable groups. The eulogist, Apostle Dorothy Ellison, praised her for her “love of the Lord” and told how she “trusted Him with all her heart and soul.” She was a member of the Church of the Abiding Presence Truth and Teaching Center.
“Aunt Boots” as she was affectionately called, is survived by nieces and nephews, Angela Canada, John Watts Jr., Beverly Mauldin, Ira Davis Jr., Terry Watt, Michel Davis, Marian Fisher, Alan Davis, and a host of other loving relatives and friends.
Murray Brothers Funeral Home was in charge of the cremated remains. The deceased died after a brief illness on Sat., Sept. 22.