Funeral services for Suzann Slayton, 74, of Clarksville, will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 27, at Swarens Funeral Home, Ramsey, with burial to follow. She died Monday, June 24, 2013.
“We have one and only one ambition: to be the best. What else is there?” This famous quote by Lee Iacocca embodied Suzann’s drive and purpose during her life. She was born Aug. 27, 1938, in New Albany to the late Robert and Gayle Byerley Deputy.
Survivors include her beloved husband, Del; children, Stacy Bush, Kent Witten and his wife, Jane, and Kim Sarles and her husband, Jeff; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
She was a native of Crandall, and was the President/CEO of the Southern Indiana REALTORS Association for the last 25 years. She owned and managed three successful real estate brokerage firms including a Century 21 franchise and was co-owner of a regional TV and appliance rental sales store in Louisville. A graduate of Bryant College, Duke University and the University of Chicago Graham School in Nonprofit Management, she held numerous leadership positions during her career including Director of the Indiana Association of REALTORS, Arts Council Southern Indiana, One Southern Indiana, Leadership Southern Indiana, and advisory positions for the Community Foundation of Southern Indiana, New Albany-Floyd County School Corp., and the Bridge Authority. She was vice president of the Clarksville Planning and Zoning Commission where she was the longest serving member and the co-chair of the Clarksville Town-City Committee. She has received numerous recognitions and awards to include Indiana Woman REALTOR of the Year, BPW Woman of the Year, Pinnacle Award from Louisville Sales and Marketing Association and SIRA Hall of Fame. She was a NAR Certified Professional Standards Administrator, credentialed Mediator from the National Academy of Conciliators, and national program spokesperson for the Women’s Council of REALTORS. Her lifetime was devoted to the preservation of private property rights and real estate issues. She brought “World Class Real Estate Services to Southern Indiana” in support of their logo.
In addition to her sincere dedication to real estate and her community, Suzann generously donated to various charitable causes including a lifelong passion and commitment to animal shelter and rescue organizations.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. today, and after 10 a.m. Thursday, at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to the New Albany Floyd County or Harrison County Animal Shelters.