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Morgantown Native Pays Tribute To Wife

by Eva Mastromatteo
WDTV NewsChannel Five
August 20, 2002

The family of Shelley Marshall says she was a devoted mother and wife. She was killed on September 11, 2001 while working at the Defense Intellegence Agency in the Pentagon. To deal with the loss, her husband Donn, a Morgantown native, took the advice of a grief counselor who said the important thing is to give meaning to sorrow. So, the Morgantown High School Graduate started the Shelley A. marshall foundation which sponsors things she had interest in...such as reading, writing and tea. Since then, there's been story hours at local libraries, creative writing contests for high school and college students and tea parties at the Sundale Nursing Home in Morgantown. Donn, now of Maryland, says, "When we came up with the idea of the tea parties at the nursing homes we decided that we wouldn't want the seniors to use the same old everydayt cups and saucers that they have to use, so I went on-line to a bunch of eta cup collectors, chat rooms, and things like that and asked people to donate a cup and saucer...told people what we were doing." Now, with the help of his parents, Donn has collected over 150 cups and saucers. "One of the side benefits of setting up the foundation is that my children , Drake (4), and Chandler (2)...they get to know their mother through the foundation's activities. When they think of their mother, they're going to think of people having fun, the clank of tea cups, and quiet conversation...so this is their way of trying to keep in touch with their mother." The fine china is on disply this week at the Seneca Center in Morgantown through Friday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. For more information about the foundation's events, you can access www.shelleysfoundation.org.
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