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Jean G. Sliter TROY - Jean G. Sliter, née Lewis, most beloved wife of Raymond (Ray) and mother of sons Jeffery (Jeff) and Brian, left her pain and worries behind on March 27, 2014, after bravely facing cancer for over two years. Jean was born May 17, 1941, to George and Hazel Lewis, who pre-deceased her, in Troy, New York. She was also pre-deceased by brothers Jack and Bill, and sisters Hazel and Mildred. In addition to her immediate family, she leaves sisters Helen, Lainie, Jackie (Bill), Marty, and Shirley, brother Milton (Betty), and in-laws David and Kaye Sliter. As well, she was aunt, great-aunt, and great great-aunt to a number of nieces and nephews, and was called “Aunt Jean” by others not related, but very close to her. Jean graduated from Troy High School, where she was an honor student and varsity cheerleader. She married Ray in 1958 and spent the early years raising her two boys, first in Troy and then Latham, N.Y. Later, the family moved to Delmar, N.Y., where she worked at Denby’s and Mullins Pharmacy, as well as as a tour guide for Yankee Trails. Upon the couple’s retirement in 1990, they moved to Emerald Isle, N.C., for 10 years, and have lived in Naples, Florida, for the past 14 years. Jean loved to travel, read, dance, watch college basketball and pro football, and walk and relax on the beach ... her suntans were famous and are still remembered by those her saw her in the summertime. She also took great pleasure in the meticulous decoration of her homes for the holidays, for which she always received high praise. She enjoyed the twenty summers spent in Orleans on Cape Cod, Massachusetts -- the friends made, dancing to the Dick and D.J. band at the Eastham Sheraton on Saturday nights, followed by hot grinders and yet more dancing at Laurino’s on Sunday nights, whale watching from Provincetown, watching the boys learn to surf and skimboard in the frigid Atlantic waves, good-humoredly indulging Ray’s passion for fishing, and enjoying her favorite pastime: simply soaking up the sun while relaxing and reading in her beach chair (relaxing, that is, as long as “Jocko” the family dog wasn’t kicking up showers of sand or shaking off spatters of the crystal clear Nauset Beach ocean that Jean loved so much). The couple camped cross-country twice to visit Brian in Lake Tahoe, California, enjoying many national parks along the way. They also visited Hawaii, the Bahamas, London, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Hong Kong, and Singapore. Two of her favorite trips were a whale watching cruise on the Sea of Cortez, Mexico, and a camping safari in Kenya and Tanzania, Africa, with Jeff and several of his friends. We wish to express our hearfelt gratitude to all our relatives and friends for their support and love during these difficult past nine months. Our sincere thanks also to Avow Hospice of Naples, and especially nurse Nicole, for the excellent care they provided. When Jean learned of her prognosis, she decided to forgo treatment and to donate her body to science, in an effort to help others. Her wish is that those who knew her would perform a random act of kindness in her memory.
Published in The Record on Apr. 5, 2014
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