Vera Fredaline Slaughter
1930 - 2011
Vera Fredaline “Freddie” Slaughter, age 80, a resident of Bisbee, Ariz., formerly of Payson, Ariz., entered into Jesus’ embrace Aug. 19, 2011 at home, surrounded by family and friends. She was born Oct. 24, 1930 in El Reno, Okla. to Fred and Vera Walp.
Mrs. Slaughter was a gifted artist who loved the beauty of nature and spent countless hours exploring the deserts, lakes and forests of Arizona with the love of her life, her husband of 57 years, Alan. She began singing and acting in theater groups while in high school in Springfield, Ohio, where she graduated. The family briefly lived in California before moving to Tucson, Ariz., where at the Methodist Church, she met, was engaged to, and married Alan Slaughter.
She attended art classes in Bisbee and produced many beautiful paintings. She worked with oils and used watercolors and pastels to create many gorgeous landscapes and portraits. She was one of the original members of Bisbee Little Theater and sang in the Presbyterian Church Choir as well as in duets with Alan. She was a beautiful woman and while living in Willcox was the first runner-up in the Mrs. Arizona contest.
She supported Alan as a homemaker and stay-at-home mom while he was at university when their marriage began; and as their family of two girls and two boys grew. The Slaughters also lived in Flagstaff, Douglas, Willcox and Bisbee, where later on, Mrs. Slaughter worked for a few years as a Mountain Bell service representative. She was also a real estate broker and opened AP Brown Company in Bisbee, which she operated for a few years.
In Payson, Mrs. Slaughter was the executive administrator for her husband’s law firm until he became a Superior Court judge, after that, she was a homemaker once again. She was also active in her sorority, Beta Sigma Phi. She spent approximately 30 years in Payson and after Alan retired, she enjoyed working in her beautiful gardens and remodeling their home with the beautiful views overlooking the Mogollon Rim.
In 2007 she moved with Alan back to Cochise County to be near family.
She lost her beloved husband on Sept. 4, 2008 and never stopped missing him until it was her time to go home to be with her Savior, Jesus Christ.
During this time she spent sweet family time with her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and friends and truly enjoyed being one of the first of the many people attending Calvary Bisbee, where her grandson, Nick Garcia is pastor. She would come out of the elevator each Sunday and say proudly, “Hi Pastor Nick ... that’s my grandson!” She developed a new understanding of who the Lord Jesus Christ was in her life during this time and had true peace and happiness for the most part, in her “own sweet little home” on Lynn’s property in Bisbee.
Leigh Ann and Richard, Larry and Adrienne, and Lynn and Albert all had important and diverse roles in providing for all of her physical and emotional needs during the last few years of her life.
The perseverance that her children inherited was the main reason they were all able to hang on and pull together to help her and Alan through this time as a family. This was learned by watching “two who loved” never give up on each other, no matter how hard times became.
Mrs. Slaughter’s friend in Payson, Donna, explained it perfectly, “Your dad had a high spirited filly named Freddie and he never knew what he was going to get when he got home ... he loved that about her, and he truly did love her!”
The loss of her son, Lyle in December of 2010 was a huge blow to Mrs. Slaughter, one from which she never fully recovered, and which was the beginning of the downward spiral, which led to the end of life on this earth for her.
Eternal thanks from the family to Dr. Vandivort and her staff and to Dr. P Patel and all the staff at Valor Hospice. Thanks also, to all of Mrs. Slaughter’s church family at Calvary Bisbee and to those who helped with care and friendship during her last days.
Extra special blessings and thanks to Teri Arreola and Valorie Wilson for showing Mrs. Slaughter the true meaning of God’s love (Agape love) and the true meaning of friendship and sisterhood in Christ.
Mrs. Slaughter was preceded in death by her husband, Alan Lee Slaughter in 2008; son, Lyle Alan Slaughter in 2010; granddaughter, Tiana Leigh Garcia in 1999.
Also preceding Freddie in death were siblings, Jerri Ward and La Juana McDaniel of Ohio, June McClure of Mesa, Ariz. and Caylor Walp of California.
She is survived by her sister, Sue (Bob) Musser of Carrizozo, N.M.; special niece and friend Darla (Tom) Vanatta; daughters, Lynn (Albert) Garcia of Bisbee and Leigh Ann (Richard) Slaughter-Rook of Queen Creek, Ariz.; son, Larry (Adrienne Rhodes) Slaughter of Bisbee; grandchildren, Anthony (Beth) Garcia, Nick (Jennee) Garcia, Dustin (Aleida) Garcia, Josh (Tonya) Slaughter and Chris (Nikki) Wells; 13 great-grandchildren, Silas and Miles Garcia; Isabel, Andre, Olivia, Josie and Desmond Garcia; Gabriel and Liliana Garcia; Richie Slaughter; Chasity and Kayleighanna Wells.
Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 3, 2011 at Calvary Bisbee, located in the Bisbee Convention Center (basement level). Private interment will be at the Southern Arizona Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery in Sierra Vista.
Arrangements are by the Hatfield Funeral Home.