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Bettye Lou Slater

   Bettye Lou Slater, 94 of Vernon, died on Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015, in Vernon. Services will be held at a later date at the Oddfellow Cemetery in Monett, Mo.
   Slater was born Tuesday, Feb. 24, 1920 in Monett, Mo. She was the daughter of the late Earl Harrison Smith and the late Geraldine Christopher Smith. She married John Elias Slater in October of 1941 in Monett, Mo. She was a homemaker, business owner and bookkeeper for many years. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Monett, Mo.
   She is survived by her daughter, Mary Sue Gunn of Vernon; her son, William Earl Slater of Springfield, Mo., four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Elias Slater, in June 1989; a son, Michael John Slater, and two sisters, Mary Virginia McMasters and Jeanne Smith.
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