Molly Slaughter Obituary

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Molly Powell Slaughter

July 8, 1921 - June 8, 2014
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Mary Ellen (Molly) Powell Slaughter, July 8, 1921 - June 8, 2014 Mary Ellen (Molly) Powell Slaughter, beloved wife, mother, sister, and friend, was born in Florence, Alabama, to Josiah Whittaker Powell II and Luella Roan Powell. She married John McAdory Slaughter of Millerville, Alabama on September 7, 1942, at South Highland Presbyterian Church. John died a few days before their 60th wedding anniversary in 2002. Molly loved the people and places of Florence. Her thoughts often returned to her childhood home on the dogwood covered hill at the corner of Kendrick Street and the Jackson Highway. She graduated from Coffee High...
Mary Ellen (Molly) Powell Slaughter, July 8, 1921 - June 8, 2014

Mary Ellen (Molly) Powell Slaughter, beloved wife, mother, sister, and friend, was born in Florence, Alabama, to Josiah Whittaker Powell II and Luella Roan Powell. She married John McAdory Slaughter of Millerville, Alabama on September 7, 1942, at South Highland Presbyterian Church. John died a few days before their 60th wedding anniversary in 2002.
Molly loved the people and places of Florence. Her thoughts often returned to her childhood home on the dogwood covered hill at the corner of Kendrick Street and the Jackson Highway. She graduated from Coffee High School in 1938 before attending the University of Alabama, where she served as president of the Women's Student Government Association. It was there people first began calling her "Molly".
Molly reveled in community. From Florence to Baltimore to Boston, and back to Alabama, she relished the life, culture, and people that she encountered during her husband's medical training, their travels, and after settling in Birmingham, her home for sixty years. A fulltime wife and mother of five, she was also active in local organizations: The Women's Auxiliary of the Jefferson County Medical Society, Birmingham Music Club, and Forest Park Garden Club. Molly and John were among the founding members of the Forest Park Association, established to preserve their historic neighborhood. Family and friends remember wonderful suppers lovingly served at home on Linwood Road. An avid reader, her interests included C.S. Lewis and his works, Russian history, botany (especially local wildflowers), bird watching, and homemaking. Membership in the Huguenot Society, Clan Davidson Society, and the Daughters of the American Revolution nurtured her love of family heritage and history.
Molly enjoyed church life. She fondly recalled teaching summer vacation bible school in Brewton, Alabama, attending conferences in Montreat, and assisting the Presbyterian campus ministry in Tuscaloosa where she first met John Slaughter. As a member of South Highland Presbyterian Church she focused on Bible study, Women's Circle groups, and the Chapel window book. In her later years, Molly enjoyed the fellowship of family and friends, her devoted caregivers: Velma Swain, Lakeisha Jenkins, and Marilyn Jules, and more recently, the residents and staff of Evergreen at St. Martin's-in-the-Pines.
Molly was preceded in death by her husband John M. Slaughter, M.D., sister Luella Roan Powell, brother, Josiah Whittaker Powell III, and granddaughter, Catherine Huston. Surviving are her sons, John (Tucker), Powell (Liz Urquhart), and Robert (Tracy) Slaughter; daughters, Celia Huston and Ellen Bulkley (Jim); grandchildren Benjamin (Lauren), John, Davidson and George Slaughter and Ellen Huston (Dave Dawson); and great grandchildren Samuel and Eleanor Slaughter.
The funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, June 11, at South Highland Presbyterian Church, with family receiving friends before the service in the church parlor beginning at noon. Burial will be in Millerville, Clay County, Alabama. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to the Presbyterian Home for Children, PO Box 577, Talladega, AL 35161 or online at http://www.phfc.org/. Services are under the direction of Ridouts Valley Chapel (879-3401) in Homewood.

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