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Susan M. Slavens

Susan M. Slavens, 71, passed away on April 23, 2020. She was born March 16, 1949 in Akron, OH to Robert and Alice Dyer. Susan began her medical career as a Charge Nurse in Coronary Care at Akron General Medical Center. She went on to work as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist and Nursing Supervisor at Summa Health System. After retiring, she became a part-time nursing instructor at Fortis College. She attended Hope Community Church in Hudson. Susan enjoyed being with her grandchildren, teaching and helping others, and home gardening.

She was preceded in death by her father, Robert “Bob” Dyer. She is survived by her husband of 48 years, John R. Slavens; sons, John “Benjamin” and Wesley Slavens; mother, Alice Dyer; sister, Doris Huddleston; grandchildren, Alice and Lucas; niece, Jennifer King; and nephew, Johnathan Huddleston.

If desired, donations may be made to Hope Community Church, 3033 Middleton Rd., Hudson, OH 44236, in memory of Susan.

Private graveside services will be held for the family at Rose Hill Burial Park. In lieu of gathering with the family, you are invited to send cards and letters to Susan’s family by way of the funeral home; share videos, photos, memories and other condolences on the funeral home’s website in memory of Susan.

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Mrs. Slavens was a great colleague. She was always positive (even when she wasn't feeling the best). She ALWAYS told me that she was praying for me (she shared this with me during our last conversation a few weeks back). She loved her grandchildren and always talked about John and their love (I'll keep him another year). I will miss her warm smile and the amazing way she engaged with the students. She will truly be missed. Thank you family for lending her to us. I will keep you in my prayers

Tanika Cherry Apr 27 2020 12:00 AM

Dear John and sons,
Please accept my sympathy at the loss of Susan! I worked with her at Mercy back in the 80's in labor and delivery when she was a CRNA there. She was an excellent, skilled, compassionate, advanced nurse, and she made all her patients comfortable and helped me to be my best. I will never forget how thrilled she was as you became a family of four! It was wonderful, and at work you were all always in the front of her heart she loved you so! I saw Susan again when my mom needed a cardioversion procedure, many years later at Summa. It was a happy reunion and I was relieved to know Susan would take care of my mom! She was a wonderful person and a blessing to have known her as a colleague and friend at different times of our lives. God bless you all, and know that she will never be forgotten! My prayers are with you, may your memories comfort you always.
In Christ's Love,
Emily Anderson
Canton Ohio

Emily Anderson Apr 26 2020 12:00 AM

Please accept my sympathy at your loss. I will miss Susan's smile each week--we worked together at Fortis. She was a good friend and coworker to me after I dealt with a hysterectomy and a personal issue. I will never forget that. You and your family are in our prayers and thoughts.

Cynthia Weible Apr 26 2020 12:00 AM

Mrs. Slavens was my lab instructor at fortis. She was amazing. She made learning fun and eventful. Her sassy personality and kind, patient spirit made me and so many of my fellow students so happy during lab after a long lecture. She cared about her students. Every day she would ask me how my boyfriend was and give me silly relationship advice. All of my love to her family, she will be so missed. :(

Jasmine Moore Apr 26 2020 12:00 AM

I extend my deepest sympathies to the family during this difficult time. She was a one-of-a-kind woman who touched many lives. She will be greatly missed.

Rebekah Tasker Apr 26 2020 12:00 AM

Mrs. Slavens was my lab instructor at Fortis! She was so positive and always had the best outlook on everything! She pushed us all to be the best nursing students we could be and always looked out for the best for all of us! My deepest sympathy goes out to her family, she loved showing us pictures of all of you, especially her grandchildren! God bless you all during this time, she will be dearly missed!

Jamie Raymond Apr 26 2020 12:00 AM

I am at a loss for words. I am sending my love and prayers during this difficult time. Mrs. Slavens was a phenomenal lady who had a carefree, sassy attitude that always made for an extraordinary lab experience. You couldnt not love her no matter how hard you tried. She was so proud of her kids & her grandkids, I dont know if I ever had a lab where we didnt see a photo of one of them. Recently, she sat with me for hours until I got it right while I cried in frustration over EKG strips & how excited she was for me when I only missed one problem on that next test, I think V Fib will always be engrained in my brain thanks to her! Another of my favorite memories was her contagious laugh when I sweat so bad inserting a Foley catheter for the first time that my glasses dropped onto the sterile field and I started to pick them up with my sterile hand; not once did she scold or embarrass me, she let me try again, without my glasses of course! I will never forget the endless compassion she showed towards me when I hit rough spots & how quick she was to tell me I was strong enough to get through it. She was just a kind human being in general, I dont know that I can recall a time she got upset regardless of what was going on. She pushed me & for that I can only hope Ill make her proud. She will never be forgotten. I am so sorry for this unfathomable loss, the world is a little bit dimmer now.

Emily Bradley Apr 26 2020 12:00 AM

Susan treated me like her little sister from the day we met. She started to date my big brother, John, when I was 10 years old. Susan took me on many special adventures in her VW Bug. Karen Slavens Munson

Karen Munson Apr 25 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Susan Slavens

Jennifer King Apr 24 2020 12:00 AM

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