Mrs. Shacter was born in Los Angeles, graduated from Hollywood High School, and briefly attended UCLA before marrying and raising four children. Years later, in the middle of life, while working full time, she obtained her B.A. from Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont. Her work experience extended from operating her own business as a fashion designer and seamstress, to a distinguished career as an administrator at the U.S. Census Bureau and the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
One of her many passions was Democratic Party politics, culminating in her primary run for U.S. Representative for the 8th Congressional District of Arizona in 2006. She was a noted dog breeder and trainer, a craft artist, and a musician, playing both the harp and the recorder.
Mrs. Shacter was predeceased by her daughter Deborah. Survivors include her children, Michael of Bethesda, Jeffrey of Hotchkiss, Colorado, and Emily (Beth Wheeler) of Takoma Park, Maryland; and two grandchildren.
A memorial service was held at Villa Hermosa. Memorial contributions may be made to the ACLU, the Arizona Democratic Party, or The Drawing
Studio in Tucson.