Elenore Slusser

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Elenore Slusser
Nov. 18, 1929 - Sept. 5, 2010

Our dear mother, Elenore Marie Slusser, left us to reunite with her
loving husband, William, on Sept. 5, 2010, in the presence of God, family and friends.

Elenore was born to Dorman R. and Nellie Nicely Miller in Lick Run, Va., on Nov. 18, 1929. She attended school and grew up in Lick Run, Altavista and Hopewell, Va., with her three older brothers, Dorman, Herman and Richard. She met then married William H. Slusser on June 30, 1949, in Hopewell, Va. They lived in Virginia with their four children until the family moved to Oxnard, Calif., in 1966. While in California, William worked on the Naval Base and Elenore stayed home and raised their four children. While in California, Elenore was a licensed foster parent who raised several children from abusive homes and eventually William and Elenore added two more children to their growing family. Elenore was also a member of the Eagles. In 1979 they moved to Pomeroy with their three youngest children. While in Pomeroy, Elenore raised her children and by that time helped raise many of her own grandchildren. Elenore watched over and helped raise over 100 children and was affectionately known as "Grandma" by all. William and Elenore watched all of their children become adults and remained in Pomeroy until William became ill.

On May 18, 2000, she lost her loving husband of 50 years to cancer and moved to Walla Walla to be closer to family. While in Walla Walla, she continued her child-care services and met many new friends.

She was involved in the YWCA and other senior programs while there. She was a very devoted Christian, housewife and mother and had an unconditional love and patience toward all children and her family.
She will be missed and loved by many.

She is preceded in death by her parents, husband and brothers. She is survived by daughters, Patricia E. Peterson (husband Jay) of Oxnard, Calif., Nellie M. Slusser (fiance Keith Stud) of Walla Walla, and Marsha L. Slusser of Oxnard, Calif.; sons, Jodie W. Slusser of Walla Walla, Alvin H. Slusser (wife Heather) of Walla Walla, and Frank E. Slusser (wife Rachel) of Pomeroy. She had 17 grandchildren (one on the way) and 16 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be on Sept. 11, 2010, at 10 a.m. at Richardson/Brown Funeral Home in Pomeroy, followed by her graveside service. A celebration of her life will follow.

Mom we all love and miss you. Take care of Dad until we see you again. Memorial donations may be made in Elenore's name to the Pomeroy After School Program in care of Linda McKeirnan.

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