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Beverly Slater, 83, OF Westport

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WESTPORT, Conn. -- Beverly Slater, 83, joined her husband, Ford, July 28 at a seashore where they reunited over a glass of wine.

Her passing has left her family and friends to reflect on her fascinating life.

Having met when they were just 13 years old, Beverly and Ford (pre-deceased) 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).

She volunteered to oversee the maintenance of Green's Farms Congregational Church's grounds, including cemeteries, and managed the church's parsonages. She raised money for the Alcoholism Guidance Center (later renamed the Alcoholism Council of Mid-Fairfield County) by organizing fundraisers and was an active member of the Westport Young Women's League.

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

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. Bev's son and daughters in-law were James Harper, Lillian Kronick Slater, and Karen Stoddart Slater.

A memorial service is planned for 1 p.m. Sunday at Green's Farms Congregational Church, 71 Hillandale Road, Westport. Join the family as it share stories about their mother/grandmother.

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

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