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Saturday, August 01, 2015

Beverly Slater, 83

Beverly Slater of Westport died July 28. She was 83.

The daughter of the late Ethel and Alfred Martin, she was born in Gross Pointe, Michigan and was also a resident of Naples and Fort Walton Beach, Florida, Cincinnati and Cleveland, Schenectady, N.Y, Monroe and Southbury.

She and her late husband Ford also owned a vacation home in Londonderry, Vt. where the entire family skied.

Having met when they were just 13 years old, Beverly and Ford traveled the world, many of the destinations seen from the deck of a cruise ship. They met a number of presidents and Beverly was even given a private tour of the White House by Barbara Bush.

She was a successful Westport real estate agent (Hillebrand, Westport East, Tom Brennan) who in her spare time worked to make the world a little bit better.

She volunteered to oversee the maintenance of Green’s Farms Congregational Church’s grounds, including cemeteries, and managed the church’s parsonages. She raised countless dollars for the Alcoholism Guidance Center (later renamed the Alcoholism Council of Mid-Fairfield County) by organizing fundraisers such as tennis exhibitions with some of that sport’s top athletes.

She didn’t run the Westport Young Woman’s League, but was an active member.

She was the mother of four: Jeff of Bridgeport, Michael (pre-deceased), Karen of Oxford, and Kevin of Stratford. She was the grandmother of five: Lindsay (Kevin Bailey), Rebecca, and Leah Slater, Caitlin and Jessica Harper. Her son and daughters in-law were James Harper, Lillian Kronick Slater, and Karen Stoddart Slater.

Later in life, she took up golfing. The couple belonged to Brooklawn Country Club in Fairfield, Manchester (Vt.) Country Club, and Windstar Country Club in Naples.

She loved the water, so they never lived far from it. She loved the finer things in life and worked very hard to get them in an era when not many women were working.

A memorial service is planned for Sunday, Aug. 9 at 1 p.m. at Green’s Farms Congregational Church, 71 Hillandale Road.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made in her name to Greens Farms Congregational Church at the address above.

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