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Slater, Mary L.

August 13, 1929 - February 25, 2014

Mary Lee (Hilton) Slater

Mary Lee Slater of Mesquite, Texas went to be with her Lord and Savior on February 25, 2014 at the age of 84.  She was born August 13, 1929 in Decatur, Texas to Walter and Maudie Hilton.  She was preceded in death last year by her husband of 33 years, Eldon Leroy (Don) Slater. Mary was the third of eight children.  She is preceded in death by three brothers; Ralph, Leon and Donald Hilton. She leaves behind a legacy of love and generosity to her family.  She is survived by three brothers: Jack Hilton of Tyler, TX; Robert Hilton and Paul Hilton, both of Decatur, TX and her sister, Ople Hunnicutt of Flower Mound, TX.  She is survived by her four children:  Gail Czekaj (Harald) of Mesquite, TX; Phyllis (Joe) Petronella of Quitman, TX; Tim (Kim) Tumulty of Rockwall, TX and Vicki Tumulty of Garland, TX. She is also survived by four step-children:  Gary (Janell) Slater of DeSoto, KS; Brenda Schwartz of Salem, MO; Danette Gonyaw of Seagoville, TX, and Denise Clements of Hueytown, AL.  Mary was blessed with and loved being Granny to her 17 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

Mary retired from Texas Instruments after 32 years.  She then began her second career doing what she loved, bringing hope and joy to seniors.  She delivered Meals on Wheels for several years as a volunteer, then as an employee.  She later worked at Evans Senior Center for the City of Mesquite.  During her tenure at Evans, Mary played an integral role in planning dances for the senior community.  She loved music and dancing and shared that love with her many friends she made during those events.

A Memorial service will be held at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Garland on Saturday, March 1, 2014 at 11:00 a.m.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Meals on Wheels, part of the Visiting Nurse Association of Dallas County or a charity of your choice.  Donations can be made online at or by mail to 1600 Viceroy Drive, Dallas, Texas, 75235.

The family would like to thank the caring staff of Cambridge Court Assisted Living Facility in Mesquite who treated our mother so wonderfully during her stay there.

Arrangements are under the directions of:
ARIA Cremation Service & Funeral Home
10116 E. NW Highway
Dallas, Texas 75238

4 replies on “Slater, Mary L.”

Mary Forster says:

Mary was the best of the best. I worked with her at Evans Senior Center and love and loved her sincerely. Mary is in heaven with Don and I am sure there is a party going on with lots of dancing. We can visualize her with her friends that have passed and is waiting for the rest of us. We’re a comin’ Mary. I loved you so much..

Marsha James says:

I loved Mary Salter and will miss her so much. When Mary left Evans I took her dances over and worked hard at it. I never took her place no one could replace Mary, after 7 years I have retired also and I will carry Mary in my heart. Mary I love you so much your friend forever Marsha James

Jan Lee says:

I’m sorry for your loss. It will be good times you remember

Joy Pepper, Cambridge Court says:

I loved her very much, she touched my heart deeply. God bless you kids during this time. Again, I thank you for the privilege of caring for this special lady.

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