Donna J. Slater
Donna Jean Fuller Slater, 66, of Merrimac, Wisconsin took her first breath in heaven the morning of April 6, 2017.
She was born on April 17, 1950 on her father’s thirtieth birthday to Howard Robert Fuller and Lillian Lucinda Baago Fuller. She graduated New Providence High School and received a double Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Sociology from Iowa State University in 1972. She married the love of her life Douglas Allan Slater on July 3, 1970 and they referred to their marriage as Rduet.
Donna worked as a teacher’s aide, spent twenty five years in senior housing, retired and became a quilting specialist. She published three books, over twenty-five patterns, as well as designed quilts for Island Batik and Accuquilt. She was a featured lecturer at local quilt guilds, long arm quilt symposiums and national and international quilt conventions. She built her quilt business around her love of chickens and monthly hen parties, calling it the Feathered Nest.
She began her love of music at an early age learning piano at Honey Creek Friends Church. From there she learned to play the organ and by seventh grade was accompanying the high school musical, the first of many throughout her life. She would go on to accompany worship at several churches. She would often accompany Doug’s singing, the perfect duet. Recently, she even played the calliope for the circus in Baraboo. The final instrument of her repertoire was the tuba.
Donna loved entertaining and hospitality. Her plum pudding was a standard at holiday family gatherings and brandy slush in the summer. She was a tremendous cook for her family, and enjoyed numerous card games, Wahoo, and Sudoku.
Heaven on Earth for Donna was at her cabin. Fishing, gatherings in the gazebo, the fire pit (where nothing was safe from burning), and s’mores made for the perfect day for her. She loved taking the grandchildren on the fishing boat to the sloughs or the sand bar, where they would always return with a story. She was delighted when the cabin eventually replaced with the lake house of her dreams. Her favorite most recent lake toy was the Polaris jet ski.
Grateful for having shared their lives with her are her husband Douglas, her sons Robert ( Jennifer) Slater of Murphy, Tx; Thomas (Jennifer) Slater of DeKalb, IL; Nicholaus (Holly) Slater of Deerfield, WI; grandchildren Jacob Robert, Elizabeth Christine; Lillian Rose, Abigail Faith, Elora Grace, Gabriel Thomas; Pennelope Lucille, Adelaide Ruth, Cecelia Ellyse, Isabella Mae; and numerous other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents.
In her last days, it was important to her to acknowledge all the “hidden figures” who had greatly influenced her throughout life:, residents, co-workers, friends, colleagues, family. She passed too quickly to name them all.
Funeral Service for Donna will be held at Lake Wisconsin Evangelical Free Church in Lodi at 11am on Tuesday April 11, 2017 with a luncheon following. Visitation will be held at Hooverson Funeral Home in Sauk City from 5-7pm on Monday April 10, 2017.
In honor of Donna, guests attending the funeral service are invited to bring a quilt crafted with or by Donna to be displayed.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Dean Medical Group Congestive Heart Failure Clinic, Division of SSM Health, Madison, WI; or Honey Creek New Providence Friends Church, 604 Cherry Ave, New Providence, IA 50206.
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