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SCHAFFNER, Mary Martin Died December 5, 2012, in Nashville at age 73, of complications from cancer. Mary was born in Paducah, KY, and was raised in Chicago, IL. She graduated from Vanderbilt University in 1961 and received her law degree from Vanderbilt in 1977. She was preceded in death by her parents, Guy E. Martin and Mildred Stegar Martin, and by her brother, Guy Emerson Martin. She is survived by her children, Maria C. Schaffner and Ethan W. Schaffner; her grandchildren, Paul Martin Reich and Mary Sophia Reich; and her niece, Katie Martin, (Marc Scheinkin); and her grandnephew, Flynn. Mary spent her entire legal career at the Nashville firm of Howell and Fisher and earned a reputation as a tenacious litigator. Her legal work was brilliant and her grammar was flawless. Away from the office, she was a deeply loving mother who cooked from scratch, smocked clothes for her children, and instilled in them a love of knowledge that has stood them in good stead. A lifelong learner who excelled in all her endeavors, Mary was passionate about gender and racial equality, native plants, Democratic politics, gardening, her beloved antebellum home, taking the perfect wildflower photograph, and the pleasure of reading. Her grandchildren were her greatest joy in her later years. A visitation with friends and family will be held at her home, 3702 Granny White Pike on Thursday, December 13, from 3 to 7 p.m. Mary loved greatly and was greatly loved in return. In lieu of flowers, her family requests that you take the time to hug and kiss your loved ones, as she often did with them. PHILLIPS-ROBINSON FUNERAL HOME, (615) 262-3312. Still Family Owned.
2707 Gallatin Rd. Nashville, TN 37216
Published in The Tennessean on Dec. 9, 2012