Mary Ellen Slone
Monday 30th of November 1942 - Saturday 6th of November 2021
Mary Ellen Slone, 78, passed away Saturday, November 6, 2021. She was the wife of Robert A. Slone, daughter of James and Wilhemina McEwan, and was born in Clearfield, PA November 30, 1942.
A pioneer for women in business, Mary Ellen was an honors graduate of the University of Kentucky. She began her career as Creative Director of Abbott Advertising, the in-house advertising agency for Jerrico, Inc. She founded her own firm, MER Advertising, in 1974. MER would eventually become Meridian Communications, one of the largest ad agencies in the state of Kentucky, with a roster of local, regional and national clients. The agency won numerous regional and national awards. The campaign of which she was most proud though was Meridian’s award winning campaign for the Kentucky Child Abuse Council, “Have you Hugged Your Kid Today?”.
In addition to her work, Mary Ellen was also very involved in the community including serving as Chair of the Greater Lexington Chamber of Commerce; President and Building Chair of the Lexington Humane Society; Trustee of the Kentucky Independent College Foundation; Vice-President, Marketing for the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra; Board Member of the United Way of the Bluegrass and Kentucky Child Abuse Council, Advisor to the University of Kentucky School of Journalism and Telecommunications and Lexington Community College; Board Member of Central Bank; Board Member of Republic Bank and Trust Company; Mary Ellen Was also appointed as a Director of the Federal Reserve Bank for the Cincinnati and Cleveland regions. For her many contributions, she received a number of recognitions including being named 1982 Lexington Woman of the Year; 1990 recipient of Lexington’s Aequum award for outstanding woman business person, and she was elected to the Kentucky Advertising Hall of Fame. She had been a lay reader in the Episcopal Church and was a member of Good Shepherd Episcopal Church. In her free time, Mary Ellen and Bob loved to travel, dote on their grandchildren and pets, and listen to music.
Mary Ellen is survived by her devoted husband, Bob; two step-daughters, Mary Diane Slone and Laura Slone Newsome (Brad) and her grandchildren who she loved dearly, Virginia Newsome-Travers (Zack), Drew Newsome, Mary Chun Slone, Kendal Burger, Marshall Burger, and her precious dog, Sadie.
Milward Funeral Directors are entrusted with Mary Ellen’s service arrangements. Visitation will be Friday, November 12th from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church located at 533 E. Main Street, Lexington with service to follow at 1:00 pm.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (322 8th Avenue, 16th Floor, New York, NY 10001); Bluegrass Hospice Care (1733 Harrodsburg Road, Lexington, KY 40504); Good Shepherd Episcopal Church (533 East Main Street, Lexington, KY 40508) or the Lexington Humane Society (1600 Old Frankfort Pike, Lexington, KY 40504). To share a remembrance of Mary Ellen or to offer condolences to her family, please visit milwardfuneral.com.
Today I received the shocking news of our great loss! MaryEllen worked tirelessly for so many just and worthwhile causes. I am forever in her debt for the advice she freely offered over my many years with the LPO . To Bob, my friend, may you find comfort in your remembered love and devotion to each other. As we say in the Greek service, May her memory by eternal! Rest In Peace lovely lady and great friend!
My Dad and I loved working with you! You were such a trendsetter, but a dear person, too. You helped us so much MER! RIP!
I am so very sorry for your loss. She was such an amazing role model for so many women and helped inspire them to be more ambitious with their careers
I am deeply saddened to hear this news. Mary Ellen was a friend and mentor to me. She was outstanding in her field and did so much for our community. The world lost a good one. She was an example for many women in business. My deepest sympathy to her family.
Larry and Dorissays
Bob we are shocked and saddened by the news of Mary Ellen We will never forget all the dinners the four of us had together as well as working with Mary Ellen and all the folks at Meridian You both are in our thoughts and prayers Larry and Doris
Mary Ellen was certainly a pioneer for women in media. I admired and respected her as many, many others did. She was fearless and fair and so many of us were a success because of her. She was also funny and courageous and you did not mess with her. Rest In Peace you very special person!!