Mary Roberta Barth Sluss, 77, of Glen Allen and formerly of Warrenton, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family, on August 18, 2020.
She was born on October 2, 1942, the third of four children of the late Clifford Harvey and Dorothy McVickers Barth in St. Albans, W.Va., but always considered herself a Kansas girl, having grown up in many small towns throughout the state.
She met the love of her life, Garnet Sluss, on April 1, 1961, in Washington, D.C., after moving there at age 18 to accept a position with the FBI. They married in a small ceremony on October 6, 1962.
Mr. Sluss passed away in 2019.
Garnet and Mary were the proud parents of five children, Terry Chancellor (Jerry), Kathy Williams (Rhon), Michael Sluss (Sarah Cagle), Kevin Sluss (Kathryn Moore), and Jonathan Sluss (Marie); nine grandchildren, Katie Wlliams (George Lampron), Rebecca Alley (Jesse), Jennifer Williams, Abigail Williams, Kristen Sluss, Audrey Chancellor-Macias (Miguel), Elayne Monroy (Martin), Michael Chancellor, Ben Sluss, and the expectant arrival of Andrew Sluss, and three great grandchildren, Kate and Eli Alley, Catalina Monroy, and the expectant arrival of Emma Alley. Mary is also survived by a brother, Kenneth Barth (Mary).
Once the children were all in school, Mary returned to work in 1978 with the Department of the Army at Vint Hill Farms Station, working with the base command before retiring for the engineer’s department in 1997. Her work there graced her with lifelong friends. Mary was an outstanding scholar, involved in Girl Scouts and the Daughters of the American Revolution, and was a political and sports enthusiast, being a lifelong New York Yankees fan. She enjoyed working in her flower garden and with house plants, reading, baking and decorating her home, but took special delight in large family gatherings. Nothing made her happier than to sit to the side and listen to all the conversations and laughter. She brought abundant joy to her family and will be greatly missed.
Because of the Covid restrictions, a private service will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday, August 22, at Shady Grove United Methodist Church, Short Pump, with visitation one
hour prior. Please, join us for the Interment Service following in the church cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God.” — 1 John 4:7