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Gloria Iverne Slack – Obituary

slackGloria Iverne Slack died July 14, 2015, at the Dekalb County Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Dekalb, Illinois.  She was 89.

Mrs. Slack was born September 15, 1925 in Homberg in rural Pope County, Illinois, the daughter of Carney V. and Pearl (Grissom) Kerley.

She married Merrill A. Slack  September 5,  1948 in Hernando, Mississippi. Mr. Slack died in 1986.

Mrs. Slack grew up in Simpson, Illinois, in Johnson County and graduated from Vienna High School in 1943. She attended Southern Illinois University-Carbondale and graduated from Millikin University with a B.A. in education.

Her life-long career in education began in 1943 when she was issued a special war-time teaching certificate at 18.  She served several one-room schools in Johnson County.

In 1955 she and her husband moved to Decatur and she began teaching in the Mt. Zion School District.  For the next 20 years she taught third grade at Salem School in Long Creek, Illinois.

After retiring she volunteered  to tutor young students  and  to teach adults to read  in an adult literacy program. She belonged to the Decatur Kiwaniannes and volunteered many hours to the Red Cross. Most of all she enjoyed  line and ballroom dancing at the Moose Lodge and other venues around the state.  She was a strong supporter of the Illinois Education  Association, a devoted Baptist and a proud,  active Democrat.

She leaves one son, Steve (Nina) of Sycamore, Illinois, and two grandchildren, Laurel Copeland (Jake) of Sycamore and Tyler Slack of Rockford, and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, two sisters, Dorlis Mae, an infant, and Lorene K. Wills, and two brothers, Harry A. and William A. Kerley.

A private family memorial service will be held at a later date in Southern Illinois.

Arrangements were completed by the Butala Funeral Home and Crematory in Sycamore, IL.  To write a memory or sign the online guest book, go to

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