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Barbara S. (Shotter) Ninness


Barbara S. (Shotter) Ninness, longtime of South Street, Rockport, died Thursday July 19, 2009 in the Caldwell Skilled Nursing and Rehab Center, Ipswich following a brief illness.

Born in England, daughter of the late George F. and Alice (Crocker) Shotter, she was educated in the Crouch End  High School and College in London. During WWII she served with the British Woman’s Auxiliary Air Force as a flight mechanic, after which she joined the American Red Cross in London working with U.S. volunteers assigned to duty in Europe.

Following the war she lived in Belgium and worked in Switzerland, and in 1950 while visiting her sister in the U.S.A. she met and later married Homer Holland Ninness.

They made their homes in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Altadena, California, and following a year in England they returned to the States and made their home in Manhattan, subsequently Connecticut and Massachusetts. She received her paralegal diploma from the Fairfield University in Connecticut.

Devoted to music and opera, she studied classical piano and was  awarded a diploma from the Royal Academy of Music in London. For many years she played classical piano duets here and abroad and had accompanied violinists,  flutists and other instrumentalists.

With a lifelong interest for animal welfare, she expressed her commitment through the support of animal welfare centers and artistically through painting animals in miniature, fulfilling the promise of her diploma from the  Royal Drawing Society of London.

She is survived by two sisters, Mary Wittkower of Rockport and Marian McFaddan of Beverly, two nieces, Elizabeth Thurber of North Andover and Ann Brady  of Westford, and two nephews, David Wittkower of California and Lawrence McFaddan of New York.

Private funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home of Ipswich.


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