Dorothy Jane Melton Slaten, age 90, of Whitesboro was welcomed into Heaven on September 24, 2022. Dorothy had an amazing life with her husband of 42 years, LD “Red” Slaten, who preceded her in death on November 8, 1994. They had 3 daughters, Debbie, and husband, Jimmy Don Neely, Jana Kniss, and Trina Slaten, who was present to welcome her with open arms having also preceded her in death in 2019.
An active member of the community, Dorothy was involved in Eastern Star for over 50 years, First United Methodist Church – Whitesboro, History Club, and the Red Hat Society. After having been a beautician since 1951, she retired her clippers in 1994, though she continued to work for Meador Funeral Home on an as needed basis.
Dorothy’s world revolved around her family. She always hurried clients out the door on a Friday afternoon so she would not miss her girls in a single basketball game or track meet. She cherished the opportunity to bake and cook for family and friends alike and spent hours in the kitchen. When she was not in the kitchen, she could be found completing yard work, until the girls said enough when she was 75! Dorothy was an avid magazine reader and subscriber (any and all) and never hesitated to place an order. Sunday school and Church were her home away from home.
Dorothy is survived by a large, loving family, both in blood and love. Survivors include: four grandchildren, Tennille Center and her partner, Emily “Faith” Kubowski; Josh Kniss and wife, Micah; Myranda Minota, Myrisa Banks and husband, Christopher; she was blessed with ten great-grandchildren, Jash and Laila Center-Mertins and Elowen Kubowski, Katelyn Metcalf, Jimmy, Wyatt and Max Kniss, MJ Minota, Ethan Rucker and Dionne Banks, as well as a host of nieces and nephews. She is also survived by siblings, Wayne Melton and his wife, Karen, Bill Melton, sisters-in-law, Lydia Melton, and Linda Melton. Also surviving are her special friends, Betty Martin and Ernestine Stofle who were more like sisters, and Janelle Jackson, Christi Craig, Brenda Quick and Brenda Caldwell who were her chosen daughters.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her mother and father, Ruth and Roy Melton, brothers, Joe Melton, Jimmy and his wife, Margaret Melton, Mac and sister-in-law, Karen Melton, and Royce Melton, sisters, Peggy Melton, Linda Clark and her husband James, sister-in-law, Dianna Melton, Ann Allred and husband, Doyce, Jenny and husband Jerry Culpepper and son-in-law, Larry Dean Center.
We would like to thank Dr. Bradley Rue and his staff, and Birdie Hospice for the excellent care they have given our mother.
Pallbearers are Jimmy Don Neely, Josh Kniss, Rick Melton, Mike Allred, Kenneth Melton, Jeff Melton, David Melton, Royce Melton, Phillip Melton, Charlie Melton and Mark Petty.
The funeral and visitation honoring Dorothy will take place on Wednesday, September 28, 2022 at First Baptist Church of Whitesboro, 124 Center St. with visitation from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM prior to the funeral services at 2:00 PM. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery in Whitesboro.