Shortly after takeoff, terrorists took over the cockpit and flew the Boeing 757 into the World Trade Tower, killing everyone aboard and thousands more when the tower collapsed.
Friends and co-workers recalled Marianne with great loss, affection and joy. “Marianne was the “let’s go” person at work. She just loved to travel,” said Joan Craig, a fellow Customer Service Representative at United. “She had her hair done the day before and looked terrific that morning. She was really looking forward to Las Vegas. This is still so unbelievable.”
A Shop Steward at United since her group joined the IAM in 1998, Marianne came from a union family.”Being a steward came easily to her,” said Joe MacFarlane, Marianne’s brother and an IAM Shop Steward at US Airways. Marianne also worked at US Airways in Florida and Maine before hiring on with United in Boston. “Florida was too hot and Maine was too cold,” said Joe.” I guess Boston was just right.”
The MacFarlane family lives
near the airport in Revere, Massachusetts. Marianne’s mom also works at
Logan and brother George is a firefighter for the city of Chelsea. “We’re
very close,” said Joe who was touched by the outpouring of support and
sympathy for the family. “It’s amazing and it hasn’t stopped.”