Mildred Slater

Mildred Irene Slater (Hoare)

Saturday, March 1st, 1924 - Monday, October 5th, 2020
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Mildred Irene Slater, 96, of Salem, went peacefully to be with her Lord on Monday, October 5, 2020.

She was born in New York, the daughter of the late Joseph and Lillian Haydon Hoare and had been an active and involved area resident for over 50 years. Mildred proudly served in the United States Navy WAVES as a Gunnery Instructor during WWII and was a longtime member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Her family and her faith were her life. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her loving husband of 64 years, James Lee Slater, III, her beloved son-in-law, Gar Rosendahl, and very special friend and companion, Rev. Harmon Smith.

She is survived by two daughters, Cheryl Rosendahl and Jaye Tompkins and her husband James; and five grandchildren, Grant A. Rosendahl, Stephanie Irene Rosendahl, Nathan Doss, James Lee Tompkins, and Dylan Tompkins.

A Celebration of Life for Mildred will be held at 2PM, Friday, October 9, 2020 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Salem. Father David Compton will officiate. She will be laid to rest next to her husband in the church columbarium. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church 42 E. Main St. Salem, VA 24153 or to the Virginia Veterans Care Center 4550 Shenandoah Ave. NW, Roanoke, VA 24017. An online guest book is available for family and friends by visiting
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  • Service

    Friday, October 9th, 2020 | 2:00pm
    Friday, October 9th, 2020 2:00pm
    St. Paul's Episcopal Church
    42 East Main Street
    Salem, Virginia 24153
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    Father David Compton
  • Interment

    St. Paul's Episcopal Church Columbarium
    42 East Main St.
    Salem, VA 24153
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Celi Stoutamire

Posted at 11:42am
Mildred was a lovely lady. I knew her through family ties and enjoyed visiting with her and Harmon when they attended the Roanoke College Elderscholar sessions. Heartfelt love and sympathy to her family. Celi Stoutamire

Richard Slater

Posted at 08:47pm
Aunt Millie was such a cool and classy lady ... and my Aunt. Growing up I remember always looking forward to the incredibly long trip from Colonial Heights to Roanoke (later Salem) to visit my cousins. It was just so welcoming! Much later, after Uncle Jimmilee, as I called him, passed, I visited again ... this time with my daughter Stephanie whom Aunt Millie had not met. Wow. Such a fun visit and my daughter was blown away by who she was and what she had done in life. A full and rich life. I am so glad I was able to help bridge another generation! I will miss Aunt Mille terribly.

Julia Fallon

Posted at 12:08pm
Although I did not know your mom, I was touched by her story and her service to our country. May she Rest In Peace and you enjoy the lovely memories.

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Posted at 05:30pm
Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss... Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.
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