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September 16, 2013

Important general was 1942 Clinton High graduate

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After retiring from the military in 1979, Robert Sadler became Vice President of Magnavox of northern Virginia. His life was successful and serene. Unfortunately, that life was shattered when, in 1984, Kathleen, his beloved wife of 33 years, succumbed to cancer. Till then, no man could’ve asked for a happier life.

 

The General was sad and lonely for nearly two years. Missing his dear wife, he passed the time reading… including romantic “want ads” in local papers. One particular ad caught his attention: ATTRACTIVE, PETITE BLOND - widow of senior military officer, young 49, intelligent, romantic, loyal, sensitive, sense of humor, excellent hostess, published author, world traveler, multitude of interests, politics, hiking, and much more, SEEKS successful doctor, lawyer, senior executive, military officer, or politician, seeking true love. Have never been in a singles bar, nor participated in singles organizations. Believe the great love of my life is in the Washington D.C. area. Do not hesitate to respond.

 

She seemed made-to-order. The lonely and vulnerable widower answered her ad… although he never divulged this to family and friends, instead hinting theirs had been a chance meeting in a restaurant, after which they began dating… in March of 1986.

 

Mary Faye Craft was not beautiful, but she had a personality that captivated most men. Many before Bob had come under her spell. She had, in fact, been married four times, and also had one husband who died under “mysterious circumstances.”

 

A southern belle, Mary Faye loved being the “center of attention.” She’d traveled all over the world, including to Viet Nam on her own -- at a time when few single women were allowed to go. Her past was murky, but occasionally she boasted of a lengthy affair with a senior Senator. Bob Sadler was impressed, skipping over details which might otherwise have led him to be cautious. They were married within four months.

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