Rushville Republican


January 7, 2014

Evelyn Fey Slater, 97

Evelyn Fey Slater, 97, of Indianapolis, died peacefully Dec. 31, 2013. Evelyn was born in Webster Co., Neb,. on Sept. 9, 1916 and grew up on her family’s farm as the youngest of six children to Edward and Eva Gant Fey. She was a graduate of Grade School District #70 and Red Cloud High School in Nebraska, before receiving her BA from Hiram College in Ohio.

After college, Evelyn worked for the United Christian Missionary Society in Indianapolis, while her family farmed in nearby Rushville. While visiting her sister, Lois, in Washington D.C., Evelyn met her future husband of 63 years, Kenneth Burton Slater, who was then the 1st Trumpet in the “President’s Own” U.S. Marine Band. After marrying in 1942, Kenneth and Evelyn lived in Washington D.C., Kensington and Hagerstown, Md., and travelled extensively with their special kitties, until their return to Indianapolis in 1997.

Evelyn loved working in our Nation’s capital. Her most rewarding work experiences were as Assistant to U.S. Senator Leverett Saltonstall (Massachusetts); then, as Executive Secretary to U.S. Senator Charles Mathias, Jr. (Maryland), where she worked until her retirement after 28 years in Federal Government service.

Evelyn was a member of many organizations, including the O.E.S. Federal Chapter 38, Washington D.C.; Washington National Cathedral Assoc.; Webster County Museum and Red Cloud Historical Museum; Washington County Museum of Fine Arts; National Assoc. of Retired Federal Employees; and the White House Historical Assoc.

Evelyn was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth; their beloved “Fluffy”; her parents; two brothers, Dr. Harold E. Fey and Maurice V. Fey; three sisters,Mildred Fey Smith, Ethel Lois Fey, Edna Letha Fey; and nephews,Russell C. Fey, Harold D. Smith, Gordon Fey, and Weldon Smith.

Evelyn is survived by nieces Dayle Smith Niblack, of Spearfish, S.D., Constance Fey Thullen of Tucson, Ariz., and Genevieve Smith of Hillsboro, Ore.; and extended family, goddaughter Roberta Chapman and husband Robert Chapman of The Villages, Fla. Evelyn is also survived by many great nieces, great nephews, great-great nieces, great-great nephews and even a great-great-great niece!

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