Marion Hendershot Slawson

December 28, 1926February 7, 2019

Marion Hendershot Slawson passed away Thursday, February 7, 2019. She was 92, born in Newton, NJ on December 28, 1926 to Walter and Jeanette Hendershot. Following completion of the Nurse Cadet program, Marion moved to Memphis to work as a Registered Nurse with the VA and later worked for St. Joseph’s and St. Francis Hospitals.

Throughout her life, Marion volunteered for the Women’s Exchange, Arlington Development Center, baked communion bread for her church, Germantown Presbyterian, and acted as a docent for the Wonders Series exhibits in Memphis. Marion loved to read, cross-stich, travel, listen to music, attend theater, care for her cats, and spend time with loved ones.

She leaves four children: Tom Slawson of Bermuda (Sonja), Jeff Slawson of Johnson City, TN, Sandy Wade McConnell of Germantown, TN (Mike), and Jennifer Slawson of San Diego, CA. She also leaves seven grandchildren: Angela Slawson Covelli, Tiffany Wade Leuck, Polly Slawson Coxwell, Natalie Wade, Valerie Wade Caldwell, Tripp Nestor, and Doug Slawson, along with eight great-grandchildren. Her grandchildren lovingly referred to her as “Q-Tip”, a nickname which gave her great happiness and exemplified her sense of humor.

Marion had three siblings, Walter Hendershot, Jr. and Dolly Hendershot Scarsella, both deceased, and Bob Hendershot of St. Louis, MO.

In accordance with Marion’s wishes, there will be a private family ceremony to spread her ashes in the Great Smoky Mountains. The family requests that any memorials be sent to the Alzheimer’s Association ( or the Collierville Animal Shelter, 603 E. South St., Collierville, TN, 38017.


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Marion Hendershot Slawson

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Libba Watson

February 10, 2019

My family moved next door to the Slawson's in 1972. I was 8 years old. Sandy and I became instant friends. One of my first memories of Marion was her teaching me how to make baklava. I can still see Sandy, Jenn & I standing in the kitchen. My life became intertwined with the Slawson family. We learned, we laughed, we cried, we fell down, we picked each other up, we made mistakes, and we hugged.

Sandy - I will always have good memories of your mom & your family. More importantly, I am happy that you are still one of my best friends. You remind me of the values we were taught as children. And you give me the confidence to pursue life with confidence and grace. Thank you!

Russ ("Rusty") McElhaney

February 10, 2019

To Tom, Jeff, Sandy, Jennifer (and the rest of the extended Slawson family),

I first met Marion about 40 years ago when I went to visit my college roommate (Tom) in Memphis. I don’t know why, but Marion and I sort of hit it off. Of course, she was Mrs. Slawson to me then and that didn’t change even as I grew older. After I graduated from UT, my wife (Pam) and I moved to Memphis in 1977. We were a very young couple (20 & 22) with a baby on the way and we knew practically no one in Memphis except the Slawsons. Mrs. Slawson checked on us periodically and invited us for dinner many times. She made us feel like a part of the Slawson family. She even invited us to go with them on a few of their family outings. I will never forget the kindness and generosity that she showed to me and my family. (Of course, if you were to ask Marion, she would tell you that she will never forget when I almost burned down her house when trying to fix her stove. But that’s another story!)
My deepest condolences to the Slawson family, Marion will be missed.

Dottie Emmons Jeffcoat

February 9, 2019

Mrs. Slawson was my next door neighbor for many years and I have not seen her in years. My sisters and I grew up with Tommy, Jeff, Jennifer and Sandy was just a little thing. My Mama and Mrs. Slawson were good friends for so many years. Mrs Slawson was always so nice to us. One thing I can remember, when we would go to her house, I always wanted her roast chestnuts in the fireplace for me. RIP Mrs. Slawson. I am so sorry for your lost. I will keep you all in my prayers as you go thru this sad time.