Florence Eldora Slaughter

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Florence went to her eternal home Wednesday, June 5, 2013 from “Harbor Care at Regency on Whidbey” on Whidbey Island, WA after complications from a recent fall and fractured shoulder.   

Florence Eldora Slaughter was born at home in Jackson County, Minnesota  April 2, 1925, the fifth of 12 children born to Rennie and Emma Slaughter.  

In August of 1945, she married LaVern Birch, from Danvers who was in the U.S. Navy.   Florence, LaVern and their four children left Minnesota in 1956 and moved to Seattle, WA.    LaVern and Florence’s fifth child was born in December of 1956.  

LaVern passed away in September, 1992, after 47 years of marriage. Florence became active as a volunteer at the Renton Senior Center and  moved to Leisure Estates in Renton.  In  1996 she met and married Larry Yates, who also lived in Leisure Estates complex and who, like her, loved to walk. Florence and Larry had 14 wonderful years together until his death June 19, 2010.   Florence moved shortly thereafter to Regency Newcastle Assisted Living and in 2011 to Regency on Whidbey Harbor Care in Oak Harbor where she lived until her death.

Florence is survived by her five children: Sharlene Rank (Jerry) of Oak Harbor; Lee Birch of Burien;  Judy Flynn of Burien; Chuck Birch (Julie) of Issaquah; and Ron Birch (Debbie) of Shelton; 15 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.  She is also survived by one sister, Amie Holm, and two brothers, Willard Slaughter (Blanche)  and Palmer Slaughter (Marcia), all residing in  Minnesota and some 50 plus nieces and nephews, also mostly living in various parts of Minnesota.   

Florence was preceded in death by her husbands: LaVern Birch in 1992, and Lawrence Yates in 2010, and her parents, Rennie and Emma Slaughter, brothers Edward, Harlan, Henry and Leonard Slaughter and sisters Hazel Anderson, Millie Zickuhr, Lorraine Pillatzke, and Leona Brekken.  

The cornerstone of Florence’s life was her love of God and her family.  She was the best Mom and Granny that anyone could wish for, was so loved by her entire family and will be painfully missed by all.  
A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m.  Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, in Bellevue, WA with a celebration of Florence’s life following the service.  Private family burial will be at Greenwood Memorial Park, 350 Monroe Ave NE, Renton, WA.  

In lieu of flowers, donations would be welcomed by The Alzheimer’s Association or other charity of choice.  


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