A Life Well Lived
1922 - 2018
Marian Dittrich Dafter, age 95, of Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, died peacefully in her home on January 13, 2018 surrounded by the love of her family. She was the daughter of the late Walter and Genevra (Chester) Dittrich of Ocean City, New Jersey where she was a native, graduating from Ocean City High School in 1939. Her beloved husband of 55 years Edwin H. Dafter Jr. predeceased her in 1999. They were married in 1944 and she worked for Conde Nash Publishing in Philadelphia while he was an officer in the US Army in the European Theater of War until 1946. After the war they lived in South Carolina, Connecticut, New York City, and Washington DC, before they moved to Wilmington Delaware in 1954, where her husband worked for Hercules Incorporated as a patent attorney and Assistant General Counsel until 1981.

She was a member of Concord Presbyterian Church since 1954, serving for many years as a deacon on the physical plant and other various committees. She was the founder and owner of Swap and Shop, a consignment store on Concord Pike from 1972 until 1985. She volunteered for Luther Towers aides serving as a co-buyer of the gift shop from 1992 until 2010 until age 87. She was a devoted wife, mother, sister, grandmother, aunt and homemaker loved by all for her warmth, kindness, sense of humor and inner strength. She enjoyed entertaining with friends & family, cooking and travel; watching Eagles football, news, and movies; crossword puzzles, playing bridge, scrabble and golf as well as giving of herself to every one she met with her sharp, clear mind.

She is survived by her son Roger E. Dafter and his wife Judy of Los Angeles, California; daughter Marjorie E. Grace of Wilmington, Delaware; one sister Phyllis Giles of Ocean City, New Jersey; grand daughters Lindsay Grace & Barbara Long with her husband Christopher all of Wilmington; and grandsons Peter and Michael Dafter with his wife Stephanie of Los Angeles, California. She has a very special great grand daughter Chloe Long and five lovely nieces and two nephews all whom she adored.

Relatives and friends are welcome to participate with her family in Celebration of her Life Well Lived at Concord Presbyterian Church, 1800 Fairfax Blvd., Wilmington, Delaware 19803 on Sunday February 18th, 2018 at 1 pm.

In lieu of flowers, a contribution can be made in her name to Concord Presbyterian Church or the Union for Concerned Scientists,

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