Dorothea Slates

Dorothea Lucille McGinnis Slates, 84, of Oak Hill, passed away Dec. 30, 2012, at Bowers Hospice House in Beckley, W.Va.

Lucille was born on June 25, 1928, in Parkersburg, W.Va., to the late Herbert P. and Mary Ellen Riddle McGinnis.

Left to cherish her memory is her beloved husband of 62 years, the Rev. William Dean Slates of Oak Hill; and children, Janet Slates Bowland and husband, Greg, of Oak Hill, John Slates of Amarillo, Texas, and Philip Slates and wife, Debra, of Morgantown, W.Va. Lucille was very proud of her four grandsons, Dr. Adam Bowland of Monroeville, Pa., and Alex, Ben and Matthew Slates of Morgantown, W.Va. Surviving nieces and nephews include Bonnie Uhl of Cincinnati, Ohio, Linda Uhl Tirk of Cleveland, Ohio, Jim and Steve McGinnis of Parkersburg and Kevin McGinnis of Vienna.

Lucille was a 1946 graduate of Parkersburg High School, and received a B.A. in Spanish and education from West Virginia University in 1950. She was a Spanish, English and substitute teacher in Weirton, Bramwell and Greenbrier East High School, and for Fayette County Schools. She was a dedicated United Methodist pastor’s wife, serving churches in Fort Ashby, Bluefield, Oak Hill, Lewisburg and Morgantown, W.Va. She was a member of Oak Hill United Methodist Church, and served nine years on the board of the United Methodist Women of the W.Va. Annual Conference. She loved to travel and she and Bill made trips to Spain, Kenya and Alaska, and every state in the U.S. Throughout her lifetime, she served as a Sunday and Bible school teacher and she enjoyed birding, gardening and doing crossword puzzles. In 1990, the couple retired to Oak Hill. She enjoyed her time as a volunteer at New River Gorge Convention & Visitors Center in Oak Hill.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sisters, Helen McGinnis Uhl of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Jeannette McGinnis of Parkersburg; and brothers, Leonard and Howard McGinnis of Parkersburg.

For the many years Lucille fought the brave battle of Alzheimer’s disease, a celebration of her life will be held at 1 p.m. Jan. 19 at Oak Hill United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Dr. Charles Miller officiating.

Donations in her memory can be made to Oak Hill United Methodist Church Food Pantry or to Bowers Hospice House.