Patricia Beverly (Baker) Sluggett



Memorial Contributions

Capuchin Soup Kitchen

(1820 Mt. Elliott Street, Detroit, Michigan 48207)


 Angels Haven Horse Rescue

(13297 Durkee Road, Grafton, Ohio 44044)


 Leader Dogs for the Blind

(1039 S Rochester Road, Rochester Hills, Michigan 48307)

Patricia Beverly (Baker) Sluggett, age 90, passed away on August 30, 2020. Beverly was born on January 25, 1930 in Detroit, Michigan to Ann and Ted Baker. Until she started school, she lived on a farm in the Pontiac area, the experience of which was profound and positive. Childhood and high school friends remained precious to her throughout her life. She graduated from Highland Park High School in 1948 and later attended the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary in Boston in 1951. She then interned at the University of California in San Francisco. She remained in San Francisco for several years before returning to Detroit in 1955. There, she met and later married Jerome Sluggett. She and Jerry had two children, Jeff and Jennifer, and the family lived in the metropolitan Detroit area until Jerry’s retirement in the mid-90’s when they moved to Grand Rapids. Following a desire for new adventure in retirement, they moved to West Chester, Pennsylvania until Jerry’s death in 2005.  Beverly returned to East Grand Rapids until her death. She will be remembered as someone who was an extremely outgoing person; Beverly loved meeting and talking and sharing opinions with others. She was a voracious reader and lover of beauty and with Jerry an avid collector of antiques. She seemed happiest in a lively conversation at dinner (or anywhere else). She was active in volunteer work throughout her adult years.  She loved animals of all kinds and had a deep and special appreciation of horses. During her lifetime, she had dozens of animal companions.  From mid-life onwards she was a seeker of spiritual understanding. Beverly is survived by her son, Jeff (Mary) of East Grand Rapids, Michigan; daughter, Jennifer Dyson of Honey Brook, Pennsylvania; grandchildren, Meghan (Steve) Fleck, Jeffrey (Jaki) Dyson, Carter Dyson, Madeline Dyson, Hannah Sluggett, Jeremiah Sluggett, and Benjamin Sluggett; as well as great-grandchildren, Graceyn Fleck and Hannah Fleck. She was a fun (and loved) grandma. Interment will be at White Chapel Cemetery in Troy, Michigan on Saturday, September 19 at 1:00 pm.  A memorial service will follow at Dharma Gate Zen Center in Troy, Michigan at 2:00 pm. She was an avid supporter of the Capuchin Soup Kitchen (1820 Mt. Elliott Street, Detroit, Michigan 48207) and animal support operations such as Angels Haven Horse Rescue (13297 Durkee Road, Grafton, Ohio 44044), and the Leader Dogs for the Blind (1039 S Rochester Road, Rochester Hills, Michigan 48307) and donations in her name to such entities would be a fitting tribute.

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5 Responses

  1. Glad you are at peace mom. I know you are with all your loved ones and friends that have gone before you. I hope you are surrounded by all the beautiful horses you could ever want. You were loved and will be missed.

  2. Dear Jeff, Mary, and family,

    Our sincere sympathy to you all in the loss of your Mom. Sounds like she lived a very full life! May your many good memories help you during this time of grief.

  3. On behalf of the Capuchin brothers, I offer my deepest sympathies on the passing of Beverly. It is truly humbling to receive memorial donations in honor of Beverley’s life. Please be assured of the brother’s prayers for the entire Sluggett family during this great time of grief. May perpetual light shine upon Beverly.

  4. I think everyone goes through a period where you think your friends‘ parents are so much “cooler” than your own. Mrs. Sluggett was that cool mom in my high school and college years. My deepest sympathy to Jeff, Jen, Mary and extended family. Your mom had a life well lived.

  5. Mary, I’m sorry to hear about your mother-in-law and send you and your family peace and love. Hope you are doing well.

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