Alison Ann Shamblen was the beloved wife of Cooper Shamblen and sister of Robin & Lockhart Murdoch. Alison was born and brought up in Edinburgh, Scotland, where she trained as a nurse. She moved to Miami, Florida in the early 1980s and subsequently to Key Largo. Alison became Clinical Director of Clinical Pharmacology Associates Inc. of Miami and made many friends and admirers in the pharmacology profession and trade. She married Cooper Shamblen of Miami in Edinburgh in 1991.
Her ready smile, infectious laugh, and dry wit and humor lit brought her family together in so many ways. Alison was the heart and the center of the whole family. She had a very keen eye for interior design, and remodeled many houses and apartments. Her creative skills were admired by all of her family and friends. She created a beautiful family home in Key Largo, was an excellent cook, and loved to host dinner parties. Alison was a great dog lover and assisted in the founding of Keys Canine Rescue. She was several times president of the Key Largo Quilters Guild and will be sorely missed by members.
A philanthropist who raised funds for many local charities, her prize winning quilts were often auctioned for charity. In 2010, she raised over $80,000 for Keys Hospice. She was a huntress and expert shot and hunted in five continents. Alison was also a skilled angler and fished off the Keys, the Bahamas, and in the Pacific off Costa Rica. She loved travel, including to her beloved home country of Scotland. Her travels covered all continents except for Antarctica. Her last two years were blighted by ALS, but she maintained great courage and dignity and always retained the ability to laugh and make others laugh. Always in our hearts. Please make donations to ALS Worldwide.
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