SPARTA — Barbara Jean Slack, “Grandma Barb,” of Sparta went to be with her Lord on Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, at Bennington Glenn following a steadfast battle against cancer. She was 80 years young.
She was born Nov. 5, 1936, in Sparta, to the late Forest and Isabelle M. (Palmer) Porter. A graduate of Sparta High School in 1954, she lived her entire life in the Sparta area. Barbara married her grade school sweetheart in 1955; Richard Slack. Together they shared in the joys and challenges of life and were blessed with a wonderful family through their 57 years of marriage. It was described that Barbara was the heart of the family and Richard was the soul. Sadly, Richard passed away in 2013
First and foremost she was a wonderful wife, mother, and treasured grandmother. She was “Grandma Barb” to everyone in the community. The consummate supporter and fan of every grandchild’s activity, whether it was soccer, softball, volleyball, baseball or a football game, she was there. Dedicated and selfless, she could also be known to have strong opinions.

Barbara loved God and was a faithful member of the Sparta United Methodist Church, teaching pre-school Sunday school for 50 years. She also enjoyed a passion for flowers, gardening, collected angels, precious moments, family photos, and grandchildren. A friend to all, she was described as a favorite person and inspiration. Numerous family vacations to Lakeside and Porter pond family reunions, will forever remain special.

She was at her best with her family, especially her grandchildren; it is that family love for which she will forever be remembered.

She is survived by children, Deb (Dave) Higgins, Steve (Lora) Slack, Bill (Jennifer) Deckling all of Marengo, Linda (Brad) Hall of Mount Vernon; 10 grandchildren, Jennifer (Jeremy) Weiss, Andrea (Bill) Eusey, Amanda (Joe) Miller, Jessica Higgins, Megan (Buster) Snider, Matthew Slack, Greg (Courtney) Deckling, Justin Deckling, Lesley (Dustin) Ruggles, Erin Hall; nine great-grandchildren, Abby, Alexis, Mason, Maddox, Maverick, Quentin, Paisley, Caden, Carson, Brother and sisters-in-law, Maurice (Judy) Porter of Cardington, Rita Porter of Centerburg, Donald (Helen) Porter of Marengo, David (Jewel) Porter of Mount Vernon, extended family members, nieces, nephews, friends, and a host of Grandma Barb’s community grandchildren.

Friends may call Sunday, from 2-6 p.m., at DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, 637 N. St. Rt. 61 at St. Rt. 3, Sunbury. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Sparta United Methodist Church, burial will follow in Bloomfield Cemetery near Sparta.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Barbara and Richard Slack Scholarship Fund, 1589 Co Road 206, Marengo, OH 43334; or Sparta United Methodist Church, 22 N. Church St., Sparta, OH 43350.
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