Elizabeth Joan “Betty” Slater, of Nantucket, Mass., died peacefully Saturday, March 7, 2015. She was 91. Born Jan. 14, 1924, in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada, Elizabeth (nee Hall), graduated from the Sick Children’s Hospital Nursing School in 1948. She met her husband, Dr. Robert J. Slater, in the classic nurse-meets-doctor fashion when Betty was the head nurse in Infant Ward C in the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. They were married in 1950 and lived subsequently in New York, Burlington, Vt., Greenwich, Conn., Philadelphia, Boston, back to New York, and eventually settled on Silver Street on Nantucket. They were first introduced to Nantucket through friends. After summering on the island for many years, the Slaters bought a home on Orange Street. In 1977, they purchased their house on Silver Street. Betty enjoyed gardening, reading, tennis, crosscountry skiing, and hiking in Europe with friends. While in New York, Betty attended the Parsons School for Design and began practicing interior design. She worked for Nantucket House Antiques for many years and left her trademark good taste in many homes on the island as well as the Nantucket Athenaeum. She loved the challenge of transforming old spaces into comfortable surroundings utilizing beautiful antiques from Nantucket House. Betty was at her happiest with a good book, a crossword puzzle and a beach chair. She will be missed by those who loved her. Her husband of nearly 65 years, Dr. Robert J. Slater, died 3 1/2 weeks after her death on April 3, 2015. She was predeceased by her daughter, Mary Elizabeth. She is survived by three sons, Robert Matthew of Lutherville, Md., John Barrie of Estero, Fla., and Brian Andrew of Charlotte, Vt.; sister, Catherine Pickard of Gravenhurst, Ontario, Canada; and seven grandchildren, Sam, Jake, Ian, Katie, Meg, Christian, and Olivia Slater. A celebration of the lives of Dr. Robert James Slater (see milestone below) and Elizabeth Joan Hall Slater will be held on Saturday, June 20, 2015, at 11am at the home of Brian and Jennifer Slater, 2111 Mt. Philo Road, Charlotte, Vt. In lieu of flowers, the family encourages donations to the Lund Family Center, 140 Mansfield Avenue, Burlington, VT 05401.
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