Zula Miller Slusser, 89, of Mechanicsville, Virginia, was born at Turtle Creek, Boone County, West Virginia Dec. 26, 1926 and passed away Oct. 12, 2016. She was preceded in death by her husband of 48 years, James H. Slusser Sr.; sister, Beulah Miller Dewees Boucher; two brothers, Oner Clarion Miller Jr. and Virgil Clair Miller; and parents, Oner and Hazel Ball Miller. She is survived by daughter, Mary Catherine Slusser of Richmond, Virginia, and a son and his wife, James H. and Evelyn Dunham Slusser of Chesapeake, Virginia. She is also survived by a sister and brother-in-law, Claudia Mae Miller Mabe and Kenneth Mabe of Orange Park, Florida. Other survivors include two sisters-in-law, Erma Rowley Miller and Alice Cabell Miller of Jacksonville, Florida, as well as many nieces and nephews. Mrs. Slusser was a graduate of Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia and did graduate studies at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia. Mrs. Slusser taught at Scott High School in Madison, West Virginia from 1947 to 1948. She and her family moved to Lexington, Virginia in 1950. She later taught for seven years at Lexington High School before moving to Mechanicsville, Virginia in 1967. In Mechanicsville, Mrs. Slusser taught mathematics for two years at Lee-Davis High School and 19 years at Stonewall Jackson Junior High, now Stonewall Jackson Middle School. She retired from teaching in 1988. She was a member of Cool Spring Baptist Church. Her family received friends at Bliley's-Staples Mill, Sunday, Oct. 16 and where funeral services were held Monday, Oct. 17. Interment Monday, in Thornrose Cemetery in Staunton, Virginia. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Building Fund at Cool Spring Baptist Church, 9283 Atlee Station Road, Mechanicsville, Virginia 23116.
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