Obituary : Marcy F. Slater
Marcy Freeman Slater, 74, died peacefully at home on May 1. She was the beloved wife and best friend of Bruce Slater, loving mother of James Rouvelle and Anne Slater, and Anne's husband Jacques Lucchesi. She was the adoring grandmother of Sasha Slater Lucchesi.
Marcy was born in Philadelphia in 1934. Her parents, Bessie and Philip Freeman, were both pharmacists and podiatrists. She was the cherished youngest sister of Joseph and Leo, who predeceased her.
Marcy graduated from Temple University with a bachelor's degree in early education. She began her career as an elementary school teacher in Philadelphia, and continued working with children in the Montessori Young World Day School in New Jersey. After she retired, and moved with Bruce to the Vineyard, she volunteered as a tutor at the West Tisbury School.
A full-time resident of Chilmark for eight years, and a resident for 32 years, Marcy and Bruce celebrated their 45th anniversary at their home last summer.
Everything Marcy did reflected her vivacious and inquisitive spirit. She loved to bring people together, enjoyed friends of all ages, and will be remembered for her sense of humor, compassion, and empathy. Fashionable and filled with zest, she was involved with her community - as an active Board Member of the Martha's Vineyard Hebrew Center, volunteering at the Chilmark library, and participating as a member of the Chilmark Women's Symposium.
Marcy was a passionate learner - an avid reader, a member of many book clubs, a traveler. She loved spending time with her children, and enjoyed gardening, exercising, and walking with her dog Rosie on the beach and in the woods.
She was a loving and attentive mother, wife, sister, daughter, aunt, cousin, and friend. And she is deeply loved by all.
Services were held at 1 pm on Tuesday, May 6, at the Martha's Vineyard Hebrew Center, and were followed by a graveside service at the Chilmark Abel's Hill Cemetery. Shiva will be held from 4 to 8:30 pm on Wednesday and Thursday.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Martha's Vineyard Hebrew Center, PO Box 692, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568, the Chilmark Library, PO Box 180, Chilmark, MA 02535 or Children's Aid and Family Services 200 Robin Rd., Paramus, NJ 07652. Arrangements are under the care of Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home in Oak Bluffs.