ALMA LOUISE SLAGLE, 77, of Plano, was delivered from her earthly pain into Heaven's eternal bliss from her bed in Methodist Hospital of Richardson on Tuesday February 10, 2015. Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 pm. Saturday February 14, 2015 in the chapel of Starrett Funeral Home, with Rev. Ricky Hayes officiating. Interment will follow in the Mt. Tabor Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 7:00 pm. Friday at the funeral home.
On February 1, 1938 Alma made her appearance into the family of Kermit and Elma Bailey Sipes in Antlers, Oklahoma. It was obvious to those around her that she would prove herself a woman of strength and determination. She burned the candle at both ends while raising a family of five children, four of them boys. She, alongside her husband Gene, did whatever it took to meet the needs of a young and growing family. In many ways, once her children left the nest, a new life was just beginning. She studied Medical Technology at Paris Junior College and worked within that profession, ultimately founding her own company, a medical temporary staffing agency, allthewhile working within the profession itself. During that same time period she bought a former "Ole Whiskers" restaurant, which she operated for six years. She was a driven, passionate woman, and her heart knew no boundaries, achieving accomplishments in the business world during an era when business was dominated by men. Not one given to hobbies, she did learn to enjoy the game of golf, and spent many hours on the greens. She made an impact on her world through her profession and businesses, and found time to serve her Lord through her church, Prestonwood Baptist. She developed a love to travel, and found herself visiting at least nine countries throughout the world. It was clear to all, however that her greatest calling was that of mother and grandmother. She taught by example, constantly giving unto others less fortunate than herself. She served her fellowman, not for public acclaim, but quietly following the instincts of her heart of love. Eternity will reveal the fruits of her hard work and forthright character, which she instilled within the hearts of her children. With all her successes, she was satisfied most of all when spending time with family, most especially her grandchildren.
Her heart was torn at the losses in her life, namely her sisters, Katherine and Mildred, but most pronounced were the deaths of her son Jesse and her daughter-in-law Tami.
Alma is survived by three sons, Terry Slagle, Larry Slagle and wife Morgan, and Joe Slagle; a daughter, Lisa Slagle Bowers and husband Mike; a daughter-in-law, Kelley; eight grandchildren, Tanner Slagle, Taylor Slagle, Blair Slagle, Amanda Bowers Brawner, Bryan Slagle, Madison Slagle, Jordan Slagle Solich, and KaSee Slagle; six great-grandchildren, Hannah Slagle, Hayden Slagle, Emerie Brawner, Nolan Brawner, Julee Brawner, and Kegan Solich; sisters and brothers, Betty Woods and husband Bill, Leroy Rose and wife Lois, Paul and Joan Sipes; and by countless others whom she called friend.
Named to serve as pallbearers are Tanner Slagle, Taylor Slagle, Bryan Slagle, KaSee Slagle, Ricky Brawner, and Mike Bowers.
When stories are told by her family in the days yet to come, three truths will be paramount when speaking of Alma's life: She lived for others. She lived to the fullest. She lived well.
If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, www.cancer.org .