Darlene Ann (Larkin) Slate
Darlene Ann (Larkin) Slate passed peacefully from this world to eternal life on Saturday, June 12, 2021 at the age of 85. She is preceded in death by her parents and her husband L. Royce Slate of 55 years. She is survived by her two daughters Angela J. Sherbine (Kreg) and Celia A. Powell (Richard) of Montgomery, Alabama; grandchildren Maggie, Jackson, and Russell Powell and Nathaniel Sherbine. Also survived by her brother G. Larry Larkin (Marge) of Flagstaff, Arizona and numerous nieces and nephews.
Darlene was born in Princeton, Kansas on May 28, 1936 to Eunice Augusta (Holtwick) Larkin and Aubrey Lincoln Larkin. She graduated from Ottawa (KS) High School in 1954 and from Kansas State University in 1958 with a degree in Home Economics and Chemistry. After graduation she accepted a position with Chemstrand Corp. and moved to Decatur, Alabama. There she met and married Royce Slate of Hartselle, AL on November 26, 1960. Royce's work took them to Montgomery in 1968 where they built a life and family. Darlene was a long-time member of Dexter Avenue United Methodist Church (now River City Church) and Aldersgate UMC where she was a dedicated choir musician. She served on the Dexter Avenue UMC church staff for many years and provided leadership in other roles and church ministries as a faithful servant of Jesus Christ. She was a dedicated member of the Captain William Bibb Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, was a Meals on Wheels volunteer, and was a founding member of the Montgomery Dulcimer Players. However, her best known roles were those of being a loving and dedicated wife, mother and grandmother. She modestly and without fanfare went through life giving to those who needed her and offering friendship to those who knew her.
A family graveside burial was held at Bethel Cemetery in Hartselle, AL, on Thursday, June 17, 2021. A Celebration of Life for family and friends was held at Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Montgomery, AL on Saturday, June 19, 2021.
Posted online on August 08, 2021