Mrs. Elizabeth Lee Slawter Pantas

  • Born: March 16, 1944
  • Died: March 21, 2017
  • Location: Fairview, North Carolina

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1498 Sand Hill Rd
Candler, NC 28715

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Tribute & Message From The Family

Elizabeth Lee Slawter Pantas, age 73, died peacefully on the beautiful spring morning of March 21, 2017, after a long battle with cancer. She was surrounded by family at her Fairview home, in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains just outside of Asheville, NC.
Born on March 16, 1944, in Winston-Salem, NC, Elizabeth was the daughter of Hazel Elizabeth Newman and Ben Lee Slawter. Her maternal grandmother, Annie Hall Newman, was a significant figure in her life. When Elizabeth was age twelve, her father Ben Lee died. Elizabeth's mother married Henry Arthur Nading, Jr., a Winston-Salem realtor, who became her stepfather. Elizabeth graduated high school from Salem Academy, received a Bachelor's Degree in Religion and Philosophy from Mary Baldwin College, and later graduated from Wake Forest University with a Master's of Arts Degree in Education with a specialty in Clinical Counseling.
As well as being a wife and mother, Elizabeth was a Licensed Professional Counselor and a member of the Licensed Professional Counselors Association of NC. Over the course of a career that spanned 45 years, she worked as a psychotherapist in community mental health centers in Connecticut and North Carolina and maintained a private practice that begin in 2002. During those year she helped many people grow in self-knowledge and achieve personal healing and wholeness.
After her marriage to Lee James Pantas in 1975, she joined the Roman Catholic Church and immediately became interested in the Discalced Carmelite Order, a contemplative religious community within the Catholic Church that was founded in Spain in 1562 by St. Teresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross. In the early 1980's she joined the order of the Secular Discalced Carmelites (OCDS), and followed the teachings and rules of that order for the rest of her life. The emphasis of the Secular Discalced Carmelite order is to strive for union with God through contemplative prayer while living in the world, rather than in a convent or monastery. The ideals which the Secular Order members strive to achieve, under the protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary and through the Holy Spirit, are a deep sense of God's love, fidelity to contemplative prayer, a spirit of detachment, and apostolic generosity in fraternal charity. Elizabeth's favorite saint was Thérèse of Lisieux, known also as "The Little Flower," and one of her favorite books was Thérèse's autobiographical book The Story of a Soul. While living in Asheville, she founded a small Secular Discalced Carmelite community named the "Flower of Carmel." She also established and maintained an online index of the Carmel Clarion, the official publication of the Discalced Carmelite Order. She was active in the parish community of the Basilica of St. Lawrence, where she was an member of the prayer and liturgical ministries. In addition to her professional career as a psychotherapist and counselor, she also was a loving spiritual guide to those fortunate souls who came to her from time to time for guidance and advice on their spiritual journeys.
She adored her family and friends, and always provided kind and loving support with a gentle smile. She loved to garden, and especially liked growing roses. Sharing a love of music with her mother, a concert harpist, Elizabeth enjoyed music throughout her life and played the dulcimer. Elizabeth was a wonderful cook and would sing little songs she made up about the household pets while she worked in the kitchen. She also enjoyed being outside in the natural beauty that surrounded her, whether working in the gardens, sitting under her favorite Mimosa tree, feeding the minnows and sunfish in the Pantas pond, or hiking through the mountains. She and her husband Lee had many pets during their years of marriage, but she especially loved the last one, a loveable little Chihuahua whom she named Porkchop.
She is survived by her husband Lee James Pantas, daughter Susanna Elizabeth Pantas and son Daniel Elijah Pantas. She is also survived by her brother Henry Arthur "Art" Nading, III, of Greensboro, NC, and sister Louise Lea Nading of Winston-Salem, NC, as well as many extended family members. A memorial service will be held at the Basilica of St. Lawrence in Asheville, NC, on Saturday, March 25th 2017 at 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in her name to Catholic Relief Services, her favorite charitable organization. The Pantas family would like to especially thank CarePartners Hospice and Comfort Keepers, both of of Asheville, for their wonderful professional in-home support and services during the very last part of her life.


Condolence & Memory Journal

M Condolences to the family,
Elizabeth's smile was delightful and contagious, she had the joy of a Carmelite in her heart. Although I saw her a couple of times it was a blessing for me.

Posted by Frances Valera ocds - Charlotte, NC   March 31, 2017

What a caring and wonderful gal! I had the privilege of dating Lee while at Washington and Lee University

Posted by Bill McWilliams - Raleigh, NC - Friend   March 29, 2017

Elizabeth was a role model for me. She was smart, caring, deep thinking and lighthearted. I'm very sad, but all my sadness is proof of how she touched my life. Susanna, Lee and Daniel, I hope to see you again one day and share memories.

Posted by Jeremy Page - Saint Paul, MN   March 24, 2017

" it is your arms, Jesus, which are the elevator to carry me to heaven " St Therese of the Child Jesus and His Holy Face
Prayers for God's peace and comfort for the Family & Friends
Love in Carmel
From a fellow Carmelite

Posted by Celeste Richards - Stanley, NC - Friend   March 24, 2017

What an amazing woman. My thoughts and prayers to all of you.

Posted by Roy Marlowe - Fairview, NC   March 24, 2017

What an honor and privilege to meet Elizabeth and have a part in her care. When talking about family her face would radiate with the love and pride she had for each of you. How very blessed she was to have her husband and daughter and son so close and attentive. And how blessed we all were to know her.
Thank you for allowing us to assist in her care.
Comfort Keepers

Posted by Mary Moody - Hendersonville, NC   March 23, 2017



Posted by Kathy DeWine, OCDS - KNOXVILLE, TN   March 23, 2017

To all the Pantas family, I send my heartfelt sympathy as you walk through this part of the pathway
Of life. I have fond memories of Elizabeth as I interacted with your family while Daniel was in my class at Fairview Elementary.

Posted by Jo Lynn Elvington- Paxton - Faieview, NC - Teacher   March 23, 2017

I am honored to have met Elizabeth through her sweet daughter, Susanna, she always seemed to fill a room with light and love. My thoughts and prayers are with her loving family.

Posted by Debra Fisher - Asheville, NC   March 23, 2017

She was an angel among us... A delight to be with and will be greatly missed. Prayers of comfort and healing for the family

Posted by Hollis Williams - Asheville, NC   March 23, 2017

What a wonderful, caring person your mother was...and very much still is!! I love the part about her making up and singing songs to your pets...if ever there was and indication of how strongly someone is grounded in the Spirit, that is. God bless you and your immediate and extended family; so many have so many reasons to join you all in the celebration of a life well-lived.

Posted by Gaines Townsend - Wilmington, NC   March 23, 2017

Susanna, I am sending my deepest sympathy and prayers for you, and your family to find peace and comfort at this time.

Posted by Jane Faudree - Wilmington, NC   March 23, 2017

As a long time friend of Art and Martha Nading I want to extend my condolences. I remember sharing the lovely dinner before Henry and Ginger's wedding. Blessings and Peace.

Posted by Marian Sherrill - NC - Friend   March 23, 2017

I am so sorry to read of your loss. Her sweet spirit is reflected in you.
Marcia Allen, ACRHS, retired

Posted by Marcia Allen - Asheville, NC - Teacher   March 23, 2017

Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.

Posted by Moore Funeral Home At Forest Lawn - Candler, NC   March 23, 2017

Rest in peace, sweet Elizabeth. You will be missed tremendously. You have left an indelible mark on my heart.

Posted by Jennie Edwards - Alexander, NC - Acquaintance   March 22, 2017

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