In memory of
Maureen Slack
In memory of
Maureen Slack
Ashland resident Maureen Robinson Slack, age 73, died Thursday, October 8, 2020, after cancer introduced an eight-year journey of discovery into freedom and a profoundly deep gratitude for life. Ms. Slack was born in Westerly, Rhode Island, on March 16, 1947, to Betty and Earl Robinson. Her father served as a pilot in the U.S. Navy until his retirement in 1964; thus, Maureen's early life consisted of much traveling; she attended 26 schools during her childhood and teen years. Upon her family's settling in California, she completed high school in Concord, and attended the University of the Pacific before transferring to the University of California at Davis. She was a lifetime member of the UC Davis Alumni Association, grad class of 1969. After graduation, Maureen began what became her life of innovation and service to organizations, individuals, children, and communities, beginning in Public Relations, Community Relations and Adult Training for Monterey Bay Girl Scout Council. Maureen met Hal, her husband of 50 years at Davis; they were married at the Presidio of Monterey in 1970. Hal's summer work fighting wildfires in California led him to his many years' employment as a forester with the State of California Department of Forestry. Hal's career, in Maureen's words, "gave me the luxury of doing what I wanted to do." They lived in Davis from 1976 to 1992, and what she wanted to do was work with second and third grade learning handicapped children, helping teach them to read: "breaking the rules," by inviting them to "run to the oak tree," sit in her lap, and read together. Her success meant that she was sent "the unlovable ones," who nevertheless became success stories under her tutelage. She is still in touch with some of those students 40 years later. During these years, Maureen also studied with a variety of healers, workshop, and religious leaders, serving not only as a learner but also behind the scenes by transcribing and editing many of their teachings for possible publication. It was in Davis that she began her support of cultural organizations as well, beginning first as audience and then as volunteer for the annual Sacramento Jazz Festival. In 1992, Hal became manager of Jackson State Forest in Mendocino County and the family moved to Ft. Bragg. During their early years there, at the height of the AIDS epidemic, Maureen was the executive director of an AIDS agency. She later became executive director of Mendocino Food and Nutrition Program, Inc., Food Bank of Mendocino County, and garnered a 100 percent success rate in writing grants, as well as innovating procedures to increase both the quantity and quality of food supplies and service. Through partnering with other organizations, she managed to increase awareness of community health and wellness needs and worked to answer those needs. Hal Slack retired from the Department of Forestry in 2001. That was the year four generations of their family moved to Ashland and became a force of high service. Maureen's mother, Betty Robinson, became active as a community volunteer; their daughter Anne, also an active volunteer for many years, and their two granddaughters, Samantha and Elizabeth, all of them working, often behind the scenes, at Rotary, Southern Oregon Repertory Singers, Dixieland Jazz Festivals, the Elks, and most prominently the Oregon Shakespeare Festival where Maureen volunteered for 20 years. Maureen is also remembered for her profound work as a healer, herbalist, seer, and innumerable acts of kindness. Most notably, she supported friends through various health crises; ushered thousands of happy customers to seats in many theatre venues; raised money for charities in the U.S. and Russia; and in general, over and over again, she thoughtfully "noticed what needed to be done and did it." She is survived by a brother, Kim Robinson and wife Deanna, of Silver Springs, Nevada; her husband Hal of Ashland; her daughter Anne and husband Kris Torrey of Tillamook; and her granddaughters: Samantha Rose Heart and husband Patrick Sanders, of Denver; and Elizabeth Marie, of Tillamook, and countless grateful friends. In honor of Maureen's wishes, there will be no formal service. Maureen requests that in lieu of flowers (which would be silly to send since there is no funeral) donations be sent to a favorite charity. Arrangements are in care of Litwiller-Simonsen Funeral Home, Ashland, Oregon. www.litwillersimonsen.com
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In memory of
Maureen Slack
Ashland resident Maureen Robinson Slack, age 73, died Thursday, October 8, 2020, after cancer introduced an eight-year journey of discovery into freedom and a profoundly deep gratitude for life. Ms. Slack was born in Westerly, Rhode Island, on March 16, 1947, to Betty and Earl Robinson. Her father served as a pilot in the U.S. Navy until his retirement in 1964; thus, Maureen's early life consisted of much traveling; she attended 26 schools during her childhood and teen years. Upon her family's settling in California, she completed high school in Concord, and attended the University of the Pacific before transferring to the University of California at Davis. She was a lifetime member of the UC Davis Alumni Association, grad class of 1969. After graduation, Maureen began what became her life of innovation and service to organizations, individuals, children, and communities, beginning in Public Relations, Community Relations and Adult Training for Monterey Bay Girl Scout Council. Maureen met Hal, her husband of 50 years at Davis; they were married at the Presidio of Monterey in 1970. Hal's summer work fighting wildfires in California led him to his many years' employment as a forester with the State of California Department of Forestry. Hal's career, in Maureen's words, "gave me the luxury of doing what I wanted to do." They lived in Davis from 1976 to 1992, and what she wanted to do was work with second and third grade learning handicapped children, helping teach them to read: "breaking the rules," by inviting them to "run to the oak tree," sit in her lap, and read together. Her success meant that she was sent "the unlovable ones," who nevertheless became success stories under her tutelage. She is still in touch with some of those students 40 years later. During these years, Maureen also studied with a variety of healers, workshop, and religious leaders, serving not only as a learner but also behind the scenes by transcribing and editing many of their teachings for possible publication. It was in Davis that she began her support of cultural organizations as well, beginning first as audience and then as volunteer for the annual Sacramento Jazz Festival. In 1992, Hal became manager of Jackson State Forest in Mendocino County and the family moved to Ft. Bragg. During their early years there, at the height of the AIDS epidemic, Maureen was the executive director of an AIDS agency. She later became executive director of Mendocino Food and Nutrition Program, Inc., Food Bank of Mendocino County, and garnered a 100 percent success rate in writing grants, as well as innovating procedures to increase both the quantity and quality of food supplies and service. Through partnering with other organizations, she managed to increase awareness of community health and wellness needs and worked to answer those needs. Hal Slack retired from the Department of Forestry in 2001. That was the year four generations of their family moved to Ashland and became a force of high service. Maureen's mother, Betty Robinson, became active as a community volunteer; their daughter Anne, also an active volunteer for many years, and their two granddaughters, Samantha and Elizabeth, all of them working, often behind the scenes, at Rotary, Southern Oregon Repertory Singers, Dixieland Jazz Festivals, the Elks, and most prominently the Oregon Shakespeare Festival where Maureen volunteered for 20 years. Maureen is also remembered for her profound work as a healer, herbalist, seer, and innumerable acts of kindness. Most notably, she supported friends through various health crises; ushered thousands of happy customers to seats in many theatre venues; raised money for charities in the U.S. and Russia; and in general, over and over again, she thoughtfully "noticed what needed to be done and did it." She is survived by a brother, Kim Robinson and wife Deanna, of Silver Springs, Nevada; her husband Hal of Ashland; her daughter Anne and husband Kris Torrey of Tillamook; and her granddaughters: Samantha Rose Heart and husband Patrick Sanders, of Denver; and Elizabeth Marie, of Tillamook, and countless grateful friends. In honor of Maureen's wishes, there will be no formal service. Maureen requests that in lieu of flowers (which would be silly to send since there is no funeral) donations be sent to a favorite charity. Arrangements are in care of Litwiller-Simonsen Funeral Home, Ashland, Oregon. www.litwillersimonsen.com
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