Mary Jo (King) Slonaker

Born: Fri., Jul. 18, 1930
Died: Wed., Jun. 12, 2019


10:00 AM to 11:30 AM, Tue., Jun. 18, 2019
Location: Waskom Capitol Hill Chapel

Funeral Service

11:30 AM Tue., Jun. 18, 2019
Location: Waskom Capitol Hill Chapel

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Mary Jo Slonaker, 88, of Cambridge City passed away on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at her residence.


She was born on July 18, 1930 in Richmond, Indiana to Claiborn and Carlyle Diffenderfer King and had lived most of her life in the Cambridge City area.


After graduation from Centerville High School she received her Bachelors degree from Ball State University and Masters degree from Indiana University. She taught Home economics for many years at Tri-High in Lewisville and The Indiana Soldiers and Sailors Children’s Home in Knightstown, IN. She also served on the Cambridge City Town Council and was a harness racing enthusiast.


Survivors include her children Mary Sue (Tim) Hosey, Steve (Lisa) Slonaker and Allis (Sam) Fox; grandchildren Aaron, Adrian, Adam, Anna, Andrew, Chris, Clay Kimble, Cameron and Hayden; 10 great-grandchildren.


Friends may gather from 10:00 am until start of services at 11:30 am on Tuesday, June 18, 2019  at Waskom Capitol Hill Chapel in Cambridge City. Burial will follow in West Grove Cemetery in Centerville.


In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Cambridge City Main Street Mural Restoration Fund.


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Steve and Cheryl Rodenberg
   Posted Sat June 15, 2019
Mary Sue, Steve and Allis,

Cheryl and I are so very sorry to hear of the passing of your mother, Mary Jo. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with all of you and your families .


Judy Godfrey
   Posted Sun June 16, 2019
Sincere sympathy to the family and friends of Mary Jo. She was an amazing lady. I enjoyed going to the track with her and learning about her racing experiences. Prayers for you all.

Russ Tackett
   Posted Sun June 16, 2019
I am so sorry for the loss of your mother the world will be a darker place without her in it. I was so very blessed to have been her student she was not only a teacher but a lifelong friend. May God give you comfort and peace and know that she was a gift from God to the people she cared for. She will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her. She had a way of making the world a better place one person at a time.

Tom and Donna Longnecker
   Posted Mon June 17, 2019
Our deepest sympathy to the family of Mary Jo Slonaker. It’s difficult to accept the fact that she’s gone. Our family was blessed for over 35 years of being neighbors with this strong, magnificent woman. She derived great satisfaction from working in her yard. She loved spring and nice weather. She wasn’t all about yard work though. It was not uncommon to see her dressed to the nines and off to attend a fancy political luncheon or dinner, by invitation only. She was just as comfortable in her tennis shoes as she was in her heels. She was an encourager! If she saw any chance of helping an individual better themselves, she would give it a try. She was excited about anything that excited our family. She was our cheerleader. She will be missed by us and by many others. She was genuine and one of a kind.

Phyllis Resh Mattheis
   Posted Tue June 18, 2019
Mary Jo was a fellow CHS graduate and usually attended CHS Alumni. Our moms sometimes played cards together when we were growing up. We both resided in Cambridge City, enjoyed our old houses, and would chat when our paths crossed.
Thanks to Mary Jo for the monument for Single G in our park and the care of the plantings around it.
She will be missed in our community. Sincere sympathy at this sad time.

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