Theresa Ann Slater, 63; lit up lawn - and lives

Theresa Ann Slater
Theresa Ann Slater
Posted: March 02, 2014

As each holiday approached, the children in Theresa Ann Slater's Cherry Hill neighborhood would start asking when the decorations would appear on her front lawn.

"She had so many inflatables," daughter Carolyn said. "She loved having kids come over and walk across the lawn to look at them."

Mrs. Slater, 63, died Thursday, Feb. 20, at Cooper University Hospital after a brief fight with cancer.

Born in Camden in 1950, Mrs. Slater attended Audubon High School before leaving to become a nursing assistant at West Jersey Hospital in 1968.

While working at the hospital one afternoon, a young man sat in her office waiting to have his tonsils removed for the second time, as the surgeon hadn't quite gotten everything out on the first go-round.

Had the man's original operation been a success, Theresa Slater would have never met her husband, Ralph. They would marry in 1972.

"It's a wonder that he had to go back into the office that day," her daughter said. "They just clicked from there."

Mrs. Slater and her family moved to Woodlynne in 1977, where she worked as a home-care nurse. She worked mostly with elderly patients, and was known for treating patients and neighbors as members of her family.

She had a penchant for sending out thank-you cards, for tasks as simple as delivering a pizza or tossing a newspaper onto her stoop.

"She'd even send cards to people who had just sent her thank-you cards," her daughter said. "Everyone knew she loved doing it."

In addition to filling up mailboxes throughout South Jersey, Mrs. Slater took great care to light up her neighborhood for each and every major holiday.

"She had so many inflatable decorations, so many Christmas lights," said Diana Slater, the younger of her two daughters. "Even when it wasn't winter. She lit everything up for Halloween, you name it. People were always welcome in her home."

She is survived by her husband and daughters.

A viewing will be Saturday, March 1, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at Bocco Funeral Home, 1300 N. Kings Highway, Cherry Hill, with funeral services to follow. Interment will be in Locustwood Memorial Park, Cherry Hill.


 

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