Mary Claudine Colin Slater

Published in The Capital on August 5, 2010

Mary Slater 92 years, died August 2 at home.

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

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

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.

Interment Washington National Cemetery in Suitland. For online condolences,
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