Catherine Jane Reed Slaughter
1931 ~ 2017

Catherine Jane Reed Slaughter was born July 24, 1931 in Richmond Indiana at the home of James Thurman Reed and Mae Euphemia Holmquist. Catherine had three younger brothers; Robert Joseph, James Thomas, and Richard Allen Reed.

She spent a happy childhood in Richmond surrounded by grandparents, uncles, aunts, and cousins. At sixteen the family moved to Pocatello, Idaho where Catherine attended and graduated from Pocatello High School. She received a bachelor’s degree from Idaho State University, with a major in English and a minor in History. She found her first teaching job at Mackie, Idaho where she taught English, girl’s PE, History, and Home Economics.

She obtained a Master’s degree in English from Brigham Young University where she also taught Freshman English. It was at BYU that she met a blonde, blue eyed fellow student, Larry Slaughter. Their courtship included attending nearly every BYU basketball game. They were married on June 6, 1959 in the Logan, Utah Temple.

They made their first home in Salt Lake City on East Temple while Larry attended graduate school at the University of Utah and Catherine taught English at Highland High School.

They welcomed five children into their family; John, James, Catherine, George, and Peter. Larry’s work took the family to Ukiah, California, Crow Agency, Montana, Martinez, California, and Tacoma, Washington. After Larry’s death, Catherine went back to teaching to support the family.

Catherine was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She enjoyed her service in the Bountiful Temple and as an LDS Employment missionary. She loved her Savior and family. She spent the last 10 years living in Alpine, Utah at River Meadows Senior Living. She died on September 19, 2017.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Mae Holmquist, her husband, Larry, her granddaughters Emily Burgess and Madeline Slaughter, and her brothers Robert and James Reed. She is survived by her children, John (Melinda) Slaughter, James (Pamela) Slaughter, Catherine (William) Burgess, George (Michelle) Slaughter, Peter (Jen) Slaughter, 21 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and her little brother, Richard Reed.

Funeral services will be held 11:30 am on Thursday, September 21, 2017 at the Alpine LDS Stake Center Chapel, 98 East Canyon Crest Road, Alpine, Utah. Family and friends may call from 10:00 to 11:00 am at the church prior to services. Interment will be held on Saturday, September 23, 2017 at the Mountain View Memorial Park in Lakewood, Washington.

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