Ellen Slater

(Aug. 13, 1931 - Oct. 9, 1949)


A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, Oct. 2, at 1 p.m., at Homesteader Park, by the recreational office, for Ellen Slater, 90, who died Friday, Sept. 17, in Powell Valley Care Center, after a brief illness.

Ellen Mildred Slater was a longtime resident of Powell. She was born Aug. 13, 1931, in Jefferson, Iowa. 

Ellen married Richard (Dick) Slater on Oct. 9, 1949. They made their first home in Omaha, Nebraska, later moved to Tennessee for Richard’s job, and then returned to Iowa for many years, until moving to Powell in October 1976. 

Ellen’s first job in Powell was with the Powell Bakery. She had driven school bus in Iowa and continued that occupation for the Powell School District for 12 years before retiring. Ellen had always dreamed of owning and operating a greenhouse. That dream became a reality in 1978 and continued through the 2001 growing season. Ellen and Dick were responsible for many years with planting and maintaining 42 flower beds in public spaces in Powell. 

Ellen was a member of Union Presbyterian Church, and loved to sew and make flower arrangements and holiday decorations.

Ellen was preceded in death by her husband Richard Slater, and a sister Colleen Lauderman.

Survivors include two sons, Mike of Marshalltown, Iowa, and Pat of Powell; daughter Jaci Slater of Powell; sister Dolly Burgin of Harlan, Iowa; brother Carroll Fleming of Kansas City, Missouri; grandchildren: Coltan Slater, Joetta Martin, Erica Hall, Dan Slater, and Stephanie Slater; and seven great-grandchildren.