Nancy Luther Sleicher, of Tampa, FL, formerly of Johnston, RI, passed away peacefully on January 3, 2017, surrounded by loving family. Born on February 3, 1929, she was the daughter of Earl F. and Kathryn C. Luther, who preceded her in death, along with her brothers Earl F. Luther, Jr, and Dr. William C. Luther.
Nancy graduated as her class salutatorian from Warren High school in 1946, and from Brown University in 1950, where she earned her baccalaureate degree in nursing though a program affiliated with Rhode Island Hospital School of Nursing. She worked in private practices and various facilities until retiring in 1975.
She will be forever loved and missed by her four children: Kristin A.L. Sleicher of Santa Fe, NM, Heather A. Sleicher of Sebastien, FL, Carrie Cherlin (Jamie) of Tampa, FL, and Peter J.L. Sleicher (Christina Faulkner) of Coventry, RI. She will be forever cherished by her nine grandchildren: Ryan, Benjamin, Joshua, Amanda, Timothy, Holly, Allison, William, and Colton. She is also survived by her sisters-in-law, Esther Luther and Claire Luther, and several nieces and nephews.
Nancy was a lifelong member of the North Scituate Baptist Church, a choir member, a food bank volunteer, a leader for the Brownie, Girl Scout, and BYF organizations, and a 30-year member of Harmony Heritage Chorus, which entertains thousands of music lovers in RI and the northeast region.
She loved to hike, canoe, dance, read, sing, and play cards, and completed the NY Times Sunday Crossword in pen every week. Her most precious time was spent with close friends and family, and the house was often filled with friends and neighbors for float building or pool parties. She was also an avid animal lover who rescued many dogs and cats throughout the years.
The family is grateful to the staff of Brighton Gardens of Tampa for their wonderful loving support and care of Nancy: her angels, Sandy, Marilyn, Isabel, Cathy, Rebekah, as well as Dr. Shah. We also thank the staff of LifePath Hospice (Gold Team) for their tender care of Nancy in her final days: Flossie, Rita, Gloria, Janet, and Colleen. We are also grateful for Dr. Allen Dennison and his former MA, Cindy Medeiros, who took such wonderful care of Nancy for over 30 years with compassion and understanding.
A celebration of Nancy’s life will be held on Sunday, January 15, 2017, at 2:00 PM, at the North Scituate Baptist Church in No. Scituate, RI. Following the service, friends may visit with family at a reception in the church hall.
For those wishing to honor her memory, and in lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, LifePath Hospice of Tampa, or the ASPCA.