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1942 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
SLATER, Cecelia Last week a gentle soul departed this world for the next at the tender age of 73 years. Born with the gift of gab, our dearly departed was an avid story teller turning the smallest of happenings into front page news. This final story is her story, the story of her life (abbreviated, of course, due to cost and column constraints). Cecelia Reeves Slater was born on December 5, 1942, eldest child of Jim and Marion Reeves and beloved big sister of Elizabeth, Margaret and Peter. A New Yorker born and bred, Cecelia grew up in Manhattan until such time that fate saw it fit to draw her to Boston for a chance meeting with the notable Bostonian, Jerard E. Slater (he caught the garter and she the bouquet at a mutual friend's wedding). She soon thereafter married Jerry and immediately set to work on her greatest project, her family. She had two sons, James and Peter (sensibly resisting Jerry's desire to name them Socrates and Plato), and complemented the picture with a dog with a curly tail, Spunky. Her capacity for love and caring was so rich that dogs would always be part of her family to catch the overflow of her kindness (and scraps from her table, I am looking at you Maggie). In time, the kids would grow up and marry, Jim to Saundra Guadagno of Danvers MA and Peter to Gena Cheng of Potomac MD. Peter and Gena eventually gave Cecelia two grandchildren, Katrina Cheng-Slater and Ronan Cheng-Slater, and those grandkids in turn gave Cecelia a variety of new names including, Nannie (for everyday use) and Tough Puff (for when they were being silly). Cecelia always worked, starting with log skinning for her father (25 cents a log) at their country home in upstate NY and then later as an assistant buyer at B. Altman's in NYC, an assistant manager at Crabtree & Evelyn in Boston and finally helping out in the family's accounting business. In her heart though, she was always an artist. She first studied art at the Sorbonne in Paris and then later received a degree from Newbury College with high honors. Echoes of her love of art still reverberate in her grandchildren. Cecelia was a shopper but never for herself. She only shopped to give gifts and no occasion was too small. Christmas will not be the same without her. Visitation on Thursday from 5-7pm. A Funeral Mass on Friday at 9am in St. Richard's Church, Danvers. see www.mackeyfuneralhome.com for further info. Mackey Funeral Home 128 S. Main St. Rt 114 Middleton MA 978 774 0033

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Published in The Boston Globe on Aug. 16, 2016
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