Betty Lou (Leasure) Slater

Born: 08/24/1946 Passed:

Betty Lou (Leasure) Slater was born at Akron City Hospital on August 24, 1946, and passed away on Sunday, February 2, 2020 at University Hospital in Ravenna.

She was a gentle person who cared a great deal about her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, siblings, pets, and the patients under her care. Betty was a talented dancer during her teen years, excelling in ballet, jazz, and tap dancing. She realized a childhood ambition by earning her RN in nursing over thirty years ago. Working as a nurse was her passion in life, to serve those around her who were in need of medical attention.  To find Betty in heaven’s meadows simply look for the beautiful zinnias, roses, peonies, and anemones as Betty was a capable gardener and a fervent lover of flowers.

Betty will be missed by her two children, James Martin Slater and Kimberly Anne (Bart) Kerekes; granddaughter, Jessica; grandsons, Matthew and Brandon; great-grandchildren; brothers, Bob (Barb) Leasure and Michael (Linda) Leasure.

Betty was predeceased by her husband of over fifty years, Donald Slater.

The family is planning a celebration of life to be announced at a later date.

Condolences may be shared with the family at

Heritage Cremation Society



5 Tributes to Betty Lou (Leasure) Slater

  1. Bob Leasure says:

    The first six or seven years of Betty’s life were spent in an older A-frame house on Oakdale Court close to downtown Akron. My sister, Betty, and I – just the two of us – would walk up the brick-covered court to Market Avenue where Mike’s store was located. Inside the store, household items, groceries, and a variety of goods including small toys lined the shelves. Mike was a great guy. He would always greet us by name, welcome us with smile and a laugh, and ask us how our day was going. We must have been all of 3 and 5 years old at the time, at most, but Mike treated us like good friends. He had a “special glass case” at the front of his store that contained his most valuable items. I can remember Betty’s fascination one day with a couple of china dolls that were in the case. Mike asked if Betty would like to see the dolls, opening the glass case with a key. I remember how spellbound Betty was holding and talking to those china dolls. Interestingly, on Betty’s birthdays and on Christmases, Betty began getting dolls for presents, occasionally china dolls. By the time Betty was a young teenager, she had accumulated a substantial collection of beautiful dolls.

  2. BHS Class of 1964 says:

    Blessed is the human spirit
    for it grows in love’s memory,
    perseveres in God’s strength,
    and remembers in the heart’s grace.

    It is with great sadness we received the news of Betty’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are extended to her family and friends.

    PEACE and GRACE,
    BHS Class of 1964
    Barberton, OH

    • Stephannie Sumer Berkley, classmate BHS 1964 says:

      What a beautiful and touching remembrance from a loving big brother.
      There is little doubt who the source of those beloved china dolls is.
      Betty was clearly blessed, having you for her brother.

  3. Wes Johnson says:

    I will miss you Betty. You were my first girlfriend, and we went steady for two and one-half years during and after her high school days. Then we both went our separate ways, She married Don, and I married Bev Manson. both Don and Bev passed away in 2917,and we were both lonely., so through Face Book we reconnected and would go out to eat about once a week, but, sadly , after only made it about three months, Cancer reared its ugly head and sent her to Heaven. R.IP. Betty

  4. Sandra Shabeck Degrace. Classmate BHS Class of 1964 says:

    Betty you were my Facebook friend for along time. I enjoyed your posts very much especially those speaking of of our Lord. Rest in divine peace in the arm’s of our Savior. My condolences to family and friends.

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