Loretta Slaton

East Alton | Tuesday, March 9 2021 |

Loretta June Slaton passed away March 9, 2021 at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, MO.

Loretta was born on February 17, 1929 in Roxana, IL.  She was preceded in death by her husband of over 74 years, Connie Lee Slaton.  Also preceding her in death was her father Durward (Duard) Belmont Ward, her mother Beulah Evelina (Cates) Harpole, sisters Lavada Franke, Benita Louise Clagg, and Fleta Marie Welch, a son Gary Alan Slaton, and a grandson Stephen Gary Slaton. She is survived by three sons - Jonathan (Marilyn) Slaton, Lee Eric Slaton, and Dale Ward Slaton, a sister Lois Rita Gwyn, a granddaughter Baely (Keith) Talley, and many nieces and nephews.

She attended Shurtleff College, as well as Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville where she was in the first class ever offered. She was a grade school teacher in the East Alton school district for many years, where she loved teaching children to read. Loretta also loved her family, and was her happiest at a large family gathering. She enjoyed quilting and playing board games, and was a 55 year member of Calvary Baptist Church in Alton.

There will be no funeral. The family is asking that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Calvary Baptist Church, 1422 Washington Ave., Alton, IL. 62002.  Gent Funeral Home in Alton is in charge of arrangements. 

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Gent Funeral Home

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