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Celebration of Life

Christ Episcopal Church
Saturday June 5th, 2021

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Betty Ann Slemp


With great sadness, the family of Betty Ann Slemp announces her passing on Saturday, May 22 at Johnston Memorial Hospital due to complications related to Covid. She left the world peacefully surrounded by her children and family. Descended from a long line of matriarchs, Betty Ann was known for her independence and forthrightness, but not at the expense of her hospitality and dedication to simple acts of kindness. Whether hosting bridge clubs or charity functions, entertaining family for the holidays, taking food to someone recovering from illness, or serving wine and gourmet cheeses to neighbors on her porch, Betty Ann repeatedly opened her home and shared the bounty of her table. One always left her kitchen with more than one needed, and one never left with a tasty dish or care package that was unappreciated. Her sense of style and standard for presentation transformed every occasion into an event – and one to remember.  Betty Ann graduated from Radford University and taught for many years in Wythe and Roanoke Counties. She was a parishioner of Christ Episcopal Church in Marion, Virginia.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Conley Trigg and Emma M. Robinson; brothers, Richard C. Robinson, John David Robinson, and Charles Franklin Robinson; sister-in-law, Margaret S. Robinson; sisters, Emma Lee Robinson, Clara Jean Hastings, and Eleanor R. Martin; nephew, Richard Charles Robinson; and niece, Linda C. Hastings.

Betty Ann is survived by her loving husband of 60 years, Harold D. Slemp (Marion, Virginia); their three children, Christopher C. Slemp (Chatham, Virginia), David D. Robinson-Slemp (Washington, D.C.), and Amy S. Walker and husband, Toby Synnerdahl (Gothenburg, Sweden); sister and brother-in-law, Thelma Kate and Donald R. Mathena (Marion, Virginia); brother, Walter “Pete” R. Robinson (Roanoke, Virginia); sisters-in-law, Lois S Robinson (Marion, Virginia), Nancy L. Robinson (Roanoke, Virginia), and Mavis S. Williams (Marion, Virginia). Betty Ann is fondly remembered by her grandchildren, Thomas D. Walker (Preston, England), Jacob T. Walker (Edinburg, Scotland), Noah S. Walker, and Emma G. Walker; several loving and accomplished nieces and nephews. In recent years, Betty Ann became close with the Vaught family of Wythe County, including Heidi J. Vaught, Austin M. Tolbert, Autumn G. Vaught, Alexander B. Vaught, and Ashlynn D. Vaught.  With them, she provided good counsel and the occasional cooking lesson.

A celebration of Betty Ann’s life will be held Saturday, June 5, 2021 at 3 p.m. at the Christ Episcopal Church, 409 West Main Street, Marion Va., with Pastor Emily Edmondson officiating. Burial will follow in Rose Lawn Cemetery, Marion, Va.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Christ Episcopal Church, c/o Treasurer, P.O. Box 189, Marion, Va. 24354.

To share memories of Betty Ann Slemp please visit www.seaverbrown.com. Care for Betty Ann’s family has been entrusted to Seaver-Brown Funeral Service & Crematory, 237 East Main Street, Marion, Va. 24354.

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Harold, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. You and Betty Ann were always a very special couple. Sincerely, Bill and Linda Schermer

Bill and Linda Schermer Jun 6 2021 12:00 AM

So sorry to hear about this. My condolences to Harold, Chris, Amy, and especially my old friend David.

Jon Fitzpatrick Jun 5 2021 12:00 AM

Anita McGlothlin-Gibson Jun 3 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Betty Slemp

Anita McGlothlin-Gibson Jun 3 2021 12:00 AM

Your friends at Ringgold Fire and Rescue.

Keister whitt May 30 2021 12:00 AM

We here at Katbirds Wine and Gourmet will sorely miss Betty. She was our customer since we began the business in 1995. We loved her lively spirit. Getting to know her over the years was a true blessing. She was so very generous, bestowing us with many of her specialty foods and many other gifts that she thought we would enjoy. We shared many laughs together being the beneficiary of her wonderful sense of humor. We sincerely wish the family hope, comfort and peace in this time of sadness and that you find solace in the many happy memories that you shared. Katherine, Heather and John

Katherine Rose May 28 2021 12:00 AM

With sympathy and love to Harold and Family, We remember all the happy time at Virginia Tech tail gates, dinners together, playing bridge, and summers at the pool with the children. Betty Ann was a pro at bring food to our home during times of illness. Thank you for all you did. We will miss you. Cameron and Nancy Wolfe

Cameron and Nancy Wolfe May 28 2021 12:00 AM

Betty Ann will be missed by so many who loved, respected, and admired her. It was a great pleasure to get to know and work with Betty Ann several years ago. Her wit, her intellect, and her grace are but a few of her countless attributes. Hugs and prayers to Harold, Chris, David, Amy, and her grandchildren as well as to all of BA's close friends and relatives.

Tama Robinson Blevins May 27 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Betty Slemp

Tama Robinson Blevins May 27 2021 12:00 AM

Dear Slemp Family, Betty Ann was always warm, gracious and welcoming whenever I had the opportunity to spend time with her. She will be greatly missed and you are all in my prayers.

Valerie Buchanan Alexander May 26 2021 12:00 AM

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