Marjorie M. Slaughter, 85


Marjorie M Slaughter, 85, of Richfield, transitioned into eternal life as the result of an auto accident. Marge was also known and loved by many as the Agent for Oopslaw-The Clown.

Born on Jan. 28, 1926, Marge was the oldest of six children and the daughter of Christ and Helen (nee Mauer) Mayer of Slinger.

She attended the Cooney River grade school and graduated from Slinger High school. Marge received a bachelor science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. While at college, Marge was involved with a variety of extracurricular activities and was most fond of her time calling square dances and remaining active in 4-H.

After college Marge married John Slaughter and they had four children, all of whom survive Marge. Steve Slaughter of California, Joan Slaughter (Dave) Hitchner of Washington state, Jeff (Sally) Slaughter of Alaska and Jim Slaughter of California. Marge is also survived by two grandsons, Michael, 26, and Brian, 20, who are sons of Joan and Dave Hitchner. Marge has several nieces and nephews, as well as grand-nieces and grandnephews and a wealth of cousins and friends. Other survivors include brothers, William (Adeline) Mayer of Hartford, Richard (Marilyn) Mayer of Slinger, brotherin-law, Walter Schneider (Betty) of West Bend; and sister-in-law, Orlyn Mayer (Fritz) of Bloomer.

Marge was preceded in death by her parents, Christ and Helen Mayer; sister, Betty (Mayer) Schneider; and brothers, Robert and Fredrick Mayer.
Marge taught elementary school in California until the mid 1970s when she returned to the Slinger area and purchased the Mauer Homestead where her mother had been raised. From this time until the late 1980s, Marge taught elementary school in Hartford.

Beyond her love for family and nature, Marge served with full-hearted passion her church, Faith United Church of Christ; 4-H and the Hartford Senior Friends. She was an active 4-H leader with greatest pride being the Clown Project. She loved participating in parades, teaching children the art of clowning and entertaining at all festive occasions.

Marge has been recognized as one of the Washington’s County Outstanding Citizens, as well as an Outstanding 4-H Alumni.

All memorial services will be held at Faith United Church of Christ on Saturday, Feb. 5. Visitation will begin at 11 a.m. and run until the time of the funeral services at 2 p.m. All are welcome to stay for fellowship and for a meal that will follow the service.

Marge Slaughter, and the Agent for Oopslaw the Clown, will be dearly missed. She is remembered for her active, zestful life, independent manner and loving ways. She had the knack for getting a smile and laugh from children young and old.