Mary Claudine Slater, "Mom Mary", 92, a resident of Edgewater for 34 years, died August 2 at home.
She was born May 29, 1918, in Washington, D.C., to the late Paul J. Colin and Mary C Simpson Colin, and graduated from Anacostia High School (1936).
She worked for the Washington, D.C. Recreation Department as a Ridge Road and Fort Greble Playground Supervisor until her retirement.
Mary danced in Vaudeville with her twin sister, Margaret. The Colin Twins were a contortionist act who performed acrobatics and extremely flexible tricks. After retirement, Mary continued her dance career as a professional Hawaiian dancer in the Mahina Bailey Polynesian Revue. She was also a member of the Londontowne Peppers and helped her daughter with Slater's Dance Studio in Edgewater. She enjoyed her boxer dog, Honey, and also enjoyed gardening, crafts, parades and circus, attending and presenting community plays and shows, walking the streets of NYC, people watching and shopping.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Melvin Lee Slater; three children, Thelma Louise Read, Jeanette Marie Yost and Robert Allen Colin Slater; two sisters, Alyce Francine Armstrong and Margaret Begeman; and brother, John Paul Colin.
She is survived by two daughters, Sue Ann Slater of Milton, Del. and Mary C. Slater of Edgewater; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and great-niece and great-great-nephew, Diana Marie Newman and Tracy Lee Newman, both of Edgewater.
A celebration of life will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, August 9 at Slater's Dance Studio, 171 A Mayo Road, Edgewater. Guests are invited to wear bright colored clothes and bring written happy memories, poems and pictures.