Celebration of life was held on Saturday, October 2nd at homesteader park for Ellen Slater, 90 who passed away on Friday, September 17th, In Powell Valley Care Center after a brief illness.
Ellen Slater who was a long time resident of Powell; was born August 13th, 1931, in Jefferson Iowa. Ellen married Richard (Rick) Slater on October 9th, 1949, they made their first home in Omaha, NE, moved to Tennessee for Richard’s job, returned to Iowa for many years until moving to Powell in October of 1976. Ellen’s first job in Powell was with the Powell Bakery. Ellen had driven school bus in Iowa and continued that occupation for Powell School District for twelve years before retiring. Ellen had always dreamed of owning and operating a greenhouse and 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, loved to sew, 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; Pat of Powell, daughter Jaci Slater of Powell, sister Dolly Burgin of Harlan, Iowa, and brother Carroll Fleming of Kansas City, Missouri; grandchildren: Coltan Slater, Joetta Martin, Erica Hall, Dan Slater, and Stephanie Slater; and seven great grandchildren.