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SLATER, Deanna Nicole

December 5, 1941 – Regina, Saskatchewan
October 31, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta

Deanna beloved wife of 58 years of Wallace Slater of High River Alberta, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 at the age of 76 years after a brave battle with cancer.

Deanna is survived by her loving husband Wallace, and daughters: Alyson (Michael), Angela (Rene), and Andrea (James). She was the proud grandmother of Annalise, Nicholas, Danielle, Brittnie, Kristian, Matthew, Mackenzie (Olivia), and Maxwell (Hailey). Her greatest joy was to welcome her great-granddaughter Heidi Mae this past August.

Deanna was predeceased by her parents John and Helen Schum, brother-in-law Jim Sauve, grandmother Amelia Signish, grandfather Nicholas Signish, and Mary Signish.

The family would like to give a special thank you to Dr. Amelia Leskiew and the staff at the High River Hospital and Dr. Louw and the staff at the Dulcina Hospice in Calgary.

Deanna was born in Regina, Saskatchewan on December 5, 1941 while her father was overseas during WWII. She grew up in Flin Flon Manitoba until moving to Saskatoon to attend business college. Deanna began her work life at The Modern Press/Western Producer newspaper. She also did some modeling for the paper. It was during her time in college that she met her future husband, Wallace Slater. He proposed to her six months later and they were married on April 1, 1961 at Zion Lutheran Church in Saskatoon.

Wally and Deanna moved to Calgary in 1964 and raised their three daughters there. They spent the majority of their married life in the community of North Haven. Wally, Deanna, and their girls also enjoyed many happy years at their vacation home in The Breakers at Sylvan Lake. Eventually, Deanna and Wally moved to High River, where they have resided until now.

Deanna had many interests including crafting, volunteering as a councellor at the Calgary Crisis Pregnancy Centre, and working in the bridal industry and high-end fashion retail. She was active in the churches she attended over the years and in counselling ministry.

Deanna’s deep faith and love of Jesus guided her and brought her comfort throughout her life. Her faith in Lord Jesus was paramount to her ability to trust God and live one day at a time to overcome serious health issues throughout her 30’s. Despite these adversities, Deanna felt her greatest accomplishment was being able to raise her three girls to adulthood, and the joy she shared in helping to care for her grandchildren.

We will remember our Deanna as a kind and caring person who would take the time to help friends and others in need of her support. She was loved and will be fondly remembered by many.

Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Deanna Slater, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W. CALGARY, AB, T3G 2T3, Telephone: 403-241-0044.

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  1. Dr. Dennis Straub :

    Deanna was a beautiful loving Christian and valiant warrior for Her Savior. Her memory will always be cherished. Just as she had prepared bridal gowns for many clients, she now is wearing her own heavenly white bridal gown.

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  2. Deanna enjoyed family gatherings and she will certainly be missed whenever our families have future times together.
    She was brave and accepting of her terminal illness.
    As a part of her extended family I feel her loss; I extend my sympathy to all members of her immediate family and her friends. Special condolence is offered to her husband Wallace.
    With love and prayers, Bonnie

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  3. Kathryn Zwack :

    Dear Wally, Alyson, Andrea, Angela and families–
    I have such fond memories of your mother and our many fun times gathered at our two cabins. I recall her often making very subtle jokes, accompanied by a half smile and a wink. She certainly doted on all the grandchildren and was her most vivacious in their presence.

    My sincerest condolences for your loss. I hope you find some comfort in all being together this weekend to share stories and memories of Deanna.

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  4. Shauna Williams6 :

    Even though I didn’t know your mom well, her love for her family was so evident. I’ll never forget the amazing tri-folds of photographs and special memories she made for Annalise and Nick when they graduated from High School. Such a beautiful way to showcase her love for her precious grandchildren.

    May your strength as a family carry you through this difficult journey of dealing with her loss. Sending you much love and prayers,
    Shauna Williams

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  5. Deanna and I enjoyed a most pleasant friendship over the years she and the family attended Cambrian Heights Church of Christ. We volunteered together at the Crisis Pregnancy Center, now named Calgary Pregnancy Care Center. My late husband and I were privileged to be hosted by Deanna and Wally in their home. They were a beautiful picture of love and faithfulness. I look forward to our meeting in heaven.

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  6. Carole Stogre :

    My sincerest condolince to Wally and your family in the passing of your dear Wife , Mother and Grandmother Deanna Slater. I will always cherish the times and talks we had together,Heaven gained a beautiful Angel and she is resting in the arms of her Lord and Savior! Rest In Peace my friend.

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