MILLINOCKET – Colleen Marie Slater, 80, went home to the Lord on April 11, 2013, after a long illness. In death, as in life, she played the cards she was dealt without complaint. She enjoyed her final weeks with her family by her side and went peacefully in their company. She was born in Millinocket, the daughter of Everett and Margaret (Cummings) Rush.
She spent time in Connecticut and Virginia before returning home 25 years ago.
She leaves to mourn her passing her four children, Larry and Maureen Slater of Shelton, Conn., Linda Glover of San Antonio, Michael and Monica Slater of Bellflower, Calif., and Neil and Elena Slater of Simpsonville, S.C.; 10 grandchildren, Joseph Slater of Milford, Conn., Lawrence III and Rachel Slater of Shelton, Conn., Stacey Glover of San Antonio, Kevin and LaRisha Glover of Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., Michael Jr. and Melissa Slater of Bellflower, Calif., Dylan and Erin Slater of Simpsonville, S.C., and Christopher and Hannah Slater of Charlotte, N.C.; four great-grandchildren, Kavian, Khyla, and Kaleb Glover and Deja Walker; brothers, Clayton and Helen Rush and Everett and Marge Rush of Bonita Springs, Fla.; sister, Kathleen McAtee and sister-in-law, Donna Rush of Millinocket; nephews and nieces, especially Rick McAtee of Tucson Ariz., Bob and Pat McAtee of Lewiston and Madeline and Jim Macomber of Sebec; her loyal friend, Julie Columbo; and all her friends at Meals for Me. She was predeceased by her parents, Everett and Margaret Rush; brothers, Henry and William Rush; and daughter, Darlene Slater-Cote. The family would like to thank Dr. Herbert and all the nurses and nurse assistants at Millinocket Regional Hospital for the care and compassion Colleen received.
Relatives and friends are invited to a Mass of Christian burial 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 16, at St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church, Millinocket. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Meals for Me, 40 Oxford St., Millinocket, ME 04462. Online condolences may be offered at www.directcremationofmaine.com.