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Edith Darlene Slate Jeffcoat, 1916-2010.

Darlene loved her family, her friends, card games, crossword puzzles, a good book, and family pets. She was happiest with a baby or a poodle in her lap.

She doted on her granddaughters and their husbands. Lisa and Keith Burke and Lauren and Bill Kopp and took great delight in playing games with her great grandchildren, Brian and Kevin Burke, Kyle, Casey Ann, and Carlye Kopp.

To fifteen nieces and nephews, she was “Aunt Darlene”; she loved each one and enjoyed gatherings with them and their families.

Her cooking skills were legendary. Long after she gave up treating her family to yeast rolls and chocolate pie, she was called into the kitchen every holiday to make her perfect gravy that no one else could match.

Those cooking skills plus a sharp mind and great people skills led to a career in managing school cafeterias in Lake Jackson and Conroe.

Darlene and her husband Jeff were married for 63 years. During that time they enjoyed a long association with Eastern Star. Together they served as Worthy Matron and Worthy Patron of both Lake Jackson and Willis chapters. They also participated in the Salt Grass Chapter of the Good Sam Club where they made many friends and enjoyed trips to meetings, rallies, and state conventions. Darlene served as Assistant State Director of Area II Texas Good Sam Clubs for several years. The love for camper life led them to live in Coushatte RV Park in Bellville where many of their friends still reside.

Darlene’s membership in Bellville UMC and the Joy Sunday School Class brought her great pleasure as did the Joyful Noise class at Foundry UMC, which she attended until her health failed.

During her 93 years, Darlene faced tragedy and physical challenges with courage and grace. She will be greatly missed by her daughter and son-in-law, Jessie and Bob Natoli, her sisters Micaela Knotts and Lyllian Pfeiffer, her cousin Margaret Rose Lodge and all those who have known and loved her.

A memorial service was held at Foundry United Methodist Church, 8350 Jones Road, at 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 10. For those desiring, and in lieu of usual remembrances, donations may be made in honor of Darlene to her favorite charity. Guiding Eyes for the Blind, 611 Granite Springs Rd., Yorktown, N.Y. 10598.


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