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Sadie Elizabeth Nannen, 91, who was responsible with her late husband for the development of the Nannen Arboretum in Ellicottville, died Tuesday (Sept. 14, 1999) in Shady Grove Nursing Center, Rockville, Md.

A resident of Ellicottville for 80 years, Mrs. Nannen also was a gardener, poet and artist. She moved to North Potomac, Md., in 1988 to make her home with her late son, Willard, and then her grandson, John.

Born Sadie Graham in Ellicottville, she was a graduate of Ellicottville High School and was the widow of William O., a local industrialist, conservationist and political leader. He died in 1975.

In 1958 the couple donated land in Ellicottville for the site of the Cornell Cooperative Extension Service. The eight-acre area behind the Extension Service building later was developed into an arboretum, and the Nannens were instrumental in raising money to accomplish that.

The facility has become a teaching laboratory for horticulture, landscaping and environmental education and a field-trip destination for school children throughout Cattaraugus County.

Mrs. Nannen was a member of the Garden Club of Ellicottville and won many prizes for her flowers and flower arranging at the Cattaraugus County Fair and at club shows.

Her poetry, written under the pen name "Lotta Mararkey" and the Village Bard, appeared regularly over many years in the Ellicottville Post. Many were later published as "Grandma Sadie's Poem Book."

Mrs. Nannen's paintings were featured in one-woman shows in the Erie County Library System.

She is survived by three sons, Jack W. of Reading, Pa., William G. of Smethport, Pa., and Jerome H. of Allegany; two daughters, Rae N. Enright of San Diego, and Susie N. Stakel of Annapolis, Md.; a sister, Olladean A. Bump of Homer; 22 grandchildren; and 26 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in the United Church of Ellicottville, 53 Elizabeth St., Ellicottville. Burial will be in Sunset Hill Cemetery.


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