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Sylvia (Nargesian) Slayton
  • In lieu of flowers, kindly make offerings in thanksgiving for her life to Bethany House of Prayer, 181 Appleton St., Arlington, Ma 02476 or St. John's Episcopal Church in Newtonville.

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“Julie, Mark and family, I am deeply sorry to hear of your mom's passing. She was wonderful to me and Matt when we lived across the Street. We had...Read More »
1 of 8 | Posted by: Judy Brooks - Minneapolis, MN

“Please accept my sincere condolences. I have many lovely memories of Sylvia in St. John's Church. ”
2 of 8 | Posted by: Jane Arabian - VA

“Dear Julia and family, I love this picture of your mom. She was always so elegant with her beautiful hair, style and warmth. She was a great friend...Read More »
3 of 8 | Posted by: Sandra Mongeon - Holyoke, MA

“I am so very sorry for your loss. Holding you all in prayer. ”
4 of 8 | Posted by: Alan Hesse - MA

“She was so lovely... Filled with inner grace and beauty that radiated out and touched all that had the blessing to be near. May she rest in peace and...Read More »
5 of 8 | Posted by: Maggie Geller - Millis, MA

“I remember her as a warm and lovely person. I know she was a blessing in many, many lives. May she rest in peace and rise in glory. ”
6 of 8 | Posted by: Amy McCreath - Waltham, MA

“Dear Julia and Family, Our hearts go out to you on the loss of your wonderful mother. She was a beautiful, talented and most gracious woman who...Read More »
7 of 8 | Posted by: Maureen O'Halloran - Newtonville, MA

Pat Macdonald and her "dear" friend Sylvia
8 of 8 | Posted by: Lesley Macdonald


Sylvia (Nargesian) Slayton, of Newtonville died peacefully at her home on June 25, 2015. She was 89.
A lifelong Newton resident, Sylvia graduated from Newton High School and the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University. She was a fashion illustrator, portrait artist and designer of liturgical art. Respected for her wisdom and gracious spirit, she was an elected leader in her local congregation, Diocese and the national Episcopal Church, serving as senior warden, and in the Diocese on the Cathedral Chapter, Diocesan Council, Chair of the Editorial Board of the Diocesan newspaper, vice-president of the Standing Committee and a Deputy to the General Convention of the Episcopal Church.
Wife of the late Leon E. Slayton. Loving mother of Mark and his wife Janet of Millis, James A. of Camden, ME and Julia L. Slayton and her husband Brad Griffin of Cambridge. Devoted grandmother of Katharine, Asa, Benjamin and Luke. Sister of the late John Nargesian and the Rev. Haig Nargesian. Aunt of nieces and a nephew and a dear friend of many.
Her funeral service will be held on Wednesday, July 1 at 11:00 am in St. John's Episcopal Church 297 Lowell Ave. Newtonville. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Interment Newton Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, kindly make offerings in thanksgiving for her life to Bethany House of Prayer, 181 Appleton St., Arlington, Ma 02476 or St. John's Episcopal Church in Newtonville.