Florence Parnell Slaughter Myhand, 84, of Halfway, died March 30, 2003, at St. Elizabeth Health Services.
Her graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Fort Bliss National Cemetery in El Paso, Texas.
Florence was born on Jan. 30, 1919, at Stonewall, Okla., to James A. and Hattie E. Word Parnell.
In 1936, she married Wayne L. Slaughter. They had three children. In 1948, the family moved to El Paso, Texas, where she would make her home for the next 49 years.
Florence worked and was the manager of the William Beaumont branch of the State National Bank for 15 years, retiring in the early 70s.
In 1967, she married Henry A. “Hank” Myhand. Together they enjoyed gardening, traveling, camping, fishing and hunting until his death in 1985. She was also very talented with crochet and made many lovely afghans for her family.
Florence moved to Halfway in June of 1997 where she continued to enjoy her gardening and began to enjoy all of the different species of birds that would visit her feeders. She really enjoyed the quail that made their rounds through her yard daily.
She derived a great deal of pleasure from her home and her flowers. She also enjoyed the many car trips to visit her grandchildren and great-grandchildren who affectionately called her “grape-grandma.”
She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, two sisters and her husband, Hank.
Survivors include her daughters, Juanita F. Borth of Killeen, Texas, and Lorraine Huff and her husband, David, of Halfway; her son, Donald W. Slaughter, and his wife, Sandra, of El Paso, Texas; grandchildren, Leann Cornutt and her husband, James, of Wellston, Okla., V.W. “Buddy” Barker and his wife, Lisa, of Killeen, Texas, Don Barker and his wife, Donna, of Anchorage, Alaska, Joe Barker and his wife, Sandra, of Wasilla, Alaska, Cheryl Niemeyer and her husband, Mark, Julie Ferneau and her husband, Richard, of Caldwell, Idaho, James Slaughter and his wife, Donna, of Austin, Texas, and Pamela Allen and her husband, Russell, of Houston, Texas; and 13 great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice through Tami’s Pine Valley Funeral Home, P.O. Box 543, Halfway, OR 97834.
Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, April 11, 2003
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor