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March 18, 1951 ~ July 11, 2023 (age 72) 72 Years Old
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Mary Shattuck 72, passed away on Tuesday, July 11 at The Highlands due to complications of dementia, which she had been battling for many years.
Mary was born on March 18th, 1951 in Fitchburg, a daughter of the late Lawrence and Marilyn “Marney” (Swift) Shattuck.
She is survived by her daughter Cybil Landry and her husband Keith of Westminster, son Dominick Shattuck and his wife, Kristen of Arlington Virginia, and grandchildren Evan and Nikolas Mattison, and Harper and Marney Shattuck. She is predeceased by her sister Kathleen (Kathy) Dionne with surviving husband Fred Dionne. Mary is also survived by her siblings, Nancy Trainque of Florida, Larry Shattuck and his wife, Ann of Ashburnham, Marilyn Fuhs and her husband, Greg of Lunenburg, Maureen Bergeron and her husband, Michael of N.H., Michael Shattuck of Florida, and Susan Shattuck of N.H.
Prior to the influences of dementia, Mary loved to spend time with people and sought opportunities to connect with family and friends. Mary was a hard worker and held many jobs during her lifetime, few of which she enjoyed. Her work ethic was also visible in her home, which was always spotless. In many ways this was her service. During her visits, Mary found comfort in helping you keep things neat and clean. Without prompting and at all hours she would run the vacuum, load and unload dishwashers, sweep, or do laundry. Her visits were constant motion as this was how she was most comfortable.
Always looking for a bargain and ahead of her time, it could be said that Mary invented “thrifting” at local flea markets and department stores. Periodically, Mary shared those treasures with her grandchildren via shipped boxes. For Dominick’s family, unveiling the items within always came with fun and surprises, and afterward an appreciative phone call that included some laughs.
Mary didn’t get her driver’s license until later in life, which she embraced with the enthusiasm of a teenager. Regular drives were made around New England that included stops at Hampton Beach and Foxwoods Casino where she and her ex-husband, Kevin Cotnoir (deceased), would play the nickel slots and see a show or have a meal.
A small service in remembrance of Mary’s life will be held in the Fall of 2023 at a date and site to be determined and a marker will be placed at St. Bernard’s Cemetery at her parents’ resting place.
Considering the impact of dementia on Mary and her family’s lives, as well as countless other families, we request that donations are made to the Dementia Society of America at https://www.dementiasociety.org/donate in lieu of flowers.