Marlene Slate, ‘Carova’s queen’ dies at 88

Marlene Slate

Carova Beach on Currituck’s Outer Banks is mourning the loss of Marlene Slate, a longtime fire department volunteer and fixture in the community, who died Sunday at 88 years old.

Known by some friends as the “Carova queen,” Slate made her home on the 4×4 beach of the northern Outer Banks for 50 years. 

Our thoughts are with Marlene’s friends and family, and the entire Carova community. May you find peace in knowing her impact here was great, and will last for a very, very long time. Rest easy, Ms Marlene.

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In her obituary, family members thanked the Carova Beach community for making Slate’s final wish come true.

“The Slate family wishes to thank all of the Carova community that pulled together to make Marlene’s final wish to live her life out in her home of over 50 years,” the obituary reads. “This could have never been possible without their hard work and love they had for her. We thank you more than you will ever know.”

Slate was an avid knitter and teacher and an early and active member of Carova Beach Volunteer Fire and Rescue. She leaves behind six children, numerous grandchild and one great-grandchild.

Click here to read Slate’s obituary.


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