Thursday, August 25, 1932
Funeral services for Mrs. Grace Henderson Slaughter were held Thursday
afternoon at four o'clock at the First Methodist church, conducted by the
pastor, the Rev. Hugh S. Porter, assisted by J.D.L. McKinney. Burial
followed at the Van Alstyne cemetery.
Mrs. Slaughter died following an illness of several weeks at 11:15
o'clock Wednesday night.
Surviving are her husband, Dr. James M. Slaughter, and two sons,
Martin and Robert Slaughter. Other surviving relatives are Mrs. S.D.
Moore of Van Alstyne, and Mrs. Park A. Cooling of Indianapolis, Ind., sisters,
and L.L. Henderson of Dallas, Howard and Clifton Henderson of Amarillo,
A native of Van Alstyne and a daughter of pioneers of this section,
Mr. and Mrs. W.K. Henderson, both now deceased, Mrs. Slaughter had lived
in this community for her entire life. She was educated in the local
schools and attended Kidd-Key College and Conservatory of Music at Sherman,
from which she graduated. While in college she specialized in art
and after leaving Kidd-Key took front rank as one of the leaders among
the amateur devotees of the brush and pallette in this section of Texas.
A member of the First Methodist church, she took leading and active
part in the Sunday school work ad misionary activities, serving as director
of the infant and primary departments and as president of the woman's missionary
organization of the church.
In work of a non-religious nature Mrs. Slaughter was active in the
Culture Club, of which she was a past president, and in the promotion of
plans for increasing and intensifying interest in civic beautification
work. Her energy and vision were prime factors in making successful
and bringing gratifying consummation to movements having for their objects
the improvement of the religious, cultural and esthetic life of this community
and the betterment of living conditions among thos underpriviledged.
In the work of her alma mater, Kidd-Key college, she took intense
interest, serving for a term as president of the alumnae association and
taking active part in a drive instituted some years ago to increase the
college funds, serving as chairman of one of the district committees.
Mrs. Slaughter's death marks the passing of a woman whose influence
for good radiated and was effective among all elements of Van Alstyne's
population. Cultured in mental training, ...amply with love for her
fellow-beings and above all thoroughly ...with the spirit of helpfulnesss
symbolical of the Christianity which she professed, her life shaped itself
in deeds and created for her epitath in death more deeply engraved in the
hearts of those to whom she was at all times the friend most sinners and
more lasting in the inscriptions of stone or tributes in the printed word.
A profusion of floral offerings attested the love and esteem in
which she was held by friends in all walks of life.
John Neill Jr., Atcher Stinnett, Surce John Taylor, Billie Manning,
Rudolph Veazey, Neill McKinney, old Lloyd Thomas and Robert Veazey, school
mates and friends of Mrs. Slaughter's two sons, Martin and Robert, were