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Marion Bryant (Slautterback) Spangler, age 85, of Ford City, PA, passed away peacefully in her sleep on January 29, 2024, just two hours after her loving husband of 67 years, Jon. She was born July 22, 1938, in Pittsburgh, PA, to William Arthur Slautterback and Evelyn Jane (Deuschle) Slautterback, and moved with her parents from Squirrel Hill to Kittanning in 1944. She graduated from Kittanning High School in 1957.
In her youth, she loved riding and caring for her family’s five horses, and skiing and skating in the wintertime. While still in high school, Marion was hired by Reisberg’s Leader, a prominent ladies’ wear retailer on Market Street, to serve as a salesperson.
Always interested in art, she was an active, lifetime member of the Kittanning Art Association, holding office and exhibiting her oil paintings. She won numerous blue ribbons and prizes for her work. Her paintings were often displayed in selected stores, doctor’s offices, and banks in the Kittanning area. She also taught oil painting at the YMCA on Ladies’ Day Out. Marion was a highly creative person who could take “a sow’s ear” and turn it into “a silk purse.” It was not unusual for her to busily whip up prize-winning, custom Halloween costumes – in one day – for all five children from whatever she could find, like Maria Von Trappe in The Sound of Music.
Marion loved children and taught the Teenage Sunday School class and sang in the choir at the Woodward Avenue First Church of God for eight years. She also taught Good News Club and hosted Five Day Clubs for years. In the fall of 1968, she helped form the Women’s Hockey Auxiliary and the Armstrong Arrowettes girls’ skating club, in conjunction with the Armstrong Amateur Hockey League, founded by her husband.
In October 1978, she, along with her husband and children, moved to Atlanta, Georgia. Several months later, she was employed by Central Directory Service, an independent yellow pages publisher, as an outside salesperson. Within months, she became their top salesperson and retained that position until the company was sold five years later. In 1983, she and most of her family moved back to Kittanning.
Marion loved her kids. She was a people-person with a bright smile who never met a stranger and was passionate about anything she undertook. She could be surprisingly funny and quick-witted, triggering uncontrollable laughter from those lucky enough to receive one of her rare gems. She will be deeply missed by her many friends and family.
Marion is survived by her sister, Gladys (Slautterback) McCoy, brothers, Frederick A. “Fred” (Carol) Slautterback of Carmel, CA, and Louis M. “Lou” (Susan) Slautterback of Franklin, PA. She is also survived by four of her five children: Joe (Kim) Spangler of Ford City, Jane Spangler of Pittsburgh, Jerry (Cindy) Spangler of Kittanning, and Jennifer (Greg) Toy of Kittanning. Her grandchildren include Jon M. (Marissa) Spangler and Joshua Spangler, Zachary Spangler, Jennifer (Tim) Goldinger and Bryan Spangler, Ryan Toy, Cody Toy, Carly Toy, and Jesse Toy, as well as three great grandchildren – Jaiden Spangler, Emma Goldinger and Noah Goldinger – and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Marion was preceded in death by her parents, her husband William Jon Spangler, and their eldest son Jack Michael Spangler.
Friends will be received at the Snyder-Crissman Funeral Home in Kittanning on Friday February 2, 2024 from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. A funeral service will be held on Saturday February 3, 2024 at 1:00 P.M. in the funeral home with Pastor Larry Edwards officiating. Interment is in the Chartiers Cemetery in Carnegie.