Mary C. Slabaugh

December 06, 1915 ‒ July 03, 2020

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD: Mary was born in Mansfield on December 6, 1915 and passed away July 3, 2020 at the age of 104.  The eldest of 6 children of Rupert F. Cox and Minnie C. Cox, the youngest of which was Richard C. Cox, who, as a West Point Cadet, disappeared in 1950, and remains an unsolved FBI case today.  She is survived by her twin sisters, Nancy C. Allen and Carolyn A. Colby.  Her sister Emily Beard-Herrick and brother Rupert Cox have predeceased her.

She graduated from Mansfield Senior High School in 1933 and worked at the R.F. Cox Insurance Agency for 13 years (managing it during the war) until her marriage to John L. Catlett in January, 1946, who died a year later. In February, 1950 she married Paul E. Sturges, who died suddenly in May, 1962.  In April, 1969 she married Watson E. Slabaugh, who passed away in August, 1991.  She is survived by 5 sons, John N. Catlett, Paul S. (Sue) Sturges, Henry H. (Diana) Sturges, Rupert S. (Therese) Sturges, and Michael R. (Jaclyn) Sturges.  She is also survived by one stepdaughter, Ann S. Harrell, who became a wonderful friend and lifelong traveling companion.  One other stepdaughter, Priscilla S. Schultz, brothers-in-law Robert H. Beard, Albert L. Allen, Jr. and William M. Colby predeceased her.  She is survived by 7 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren and 10 nephews and nieces.

She was the first president of Amvets Auxiliary, and a former member of the Women’s Club, Delta Theta Tau sorority, Buckeye Garden Club, Westbrook Country Club and the Woodland Club.  She was also a volunteer receptionist at the Rehab Center.

Mary spent the last 7 years of her life at Primrose Retirement Center and Kingston Nursing Home (Ashland), where she was always one of most popular residents, enjoying most of the activities, especially the bingo games.

A public visitation will be held Saturday, August 1, 2020 from 1-4 p.m. in the Marion Avenue Snyder Funeral Home where a private memorial service will follow. A private burial will be held in Mansfield Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, per Mary’s request, contributions may be made to Oak Hill Cottage or The United Way.

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  • I am so sorry for the loss of Mary. We will sadly miss her in all of our activities that she attended. She was an amazing woman, we just loved her, she was funny, and interesting to listen to some of the things we found out about her playing Penny Ante. What a joy just to know her and to meet some of the family. Love and prayers to you all.

  • Mrs. Slabaugh and my mother Betty Rainey were golfing friends at Westbrook Country Club.
    May she Requiescat in pace.

  • Mary was a beautiful person inside and out to get to know. My heart goes to the family and all those cared for her through out the years. Her smile stole so many hearts <3

  • Rupe, Hank, Mike, Steve, & John, May you have great memories of your mother. She had a great personality, positive attitude, and the best smile. Always ready to accommodate any activity. She was so proud of her sons. You could see it in her.

    She also had the ability to put up with all the weekend basement parties on Chevy Chase during high school. How gracious of her. What a great basement! Tunes, posters and pool table. What fun. She never seemed to complain about those weekends.

    Thoughts are with you.

    Doug & Trish Clawson

  • Steve, Rupe, Hank, Mike and John,
    I have such fond memories of your mom while growing up on Chevy Chase. She was always kind, and her smile made the neighborhood kids feel so welcome in your home. I spoke to her several years ago at Primrose, and that same smile and sparkle in her eyes was ever present. She was truly a classy lady! My deepest condolences to your family as you mourn her loss and celebrate a life well lived.

  • John, Steve, Hank, Rupe, Mike & Ann:
    Mary was a special, beautiful, kind and visible presence in many many lives – and specifically in mine and our family.  
    All through Mansfield school years, summers, family get togethers, my/our wedding, visits to see us everywhere we lived, our daughters’ weddings – all of the important events – she came to all of them.  
    To us John, Steve, Hank, Rupe, Mike and Ann remain living reminders of her and how much influence she had in ours – and many lives. We are so fortunate to have all of them still close.  
    And I will forever be grateful for her always being there for my own Mother, her younger sister, Emily, until she passed. I hope they now find themselves together again.
    We will forever love and remember you, dear Mary. You remain a light in our lives.
    A last big hug for you.

  • What a special lady! We enjoyed knowing her for the years we’ve lived in Mansfield. I feel especially privileged to have been her opponent at the duplicate table a few times. She was a great player yet always gracious to those of us who were trying to learn. She was still enjoying the game well into her 90’s – a real inspiration.
    With sincere sympathy to each of you,
    Susan & Pete Bailey

  • Condolences to all of Mary’s family. Robert and Marlene Tennant, next door neighbors for many years.