Daphne Joy Ham Slate

Published 11:07 am Friday, October 6, 2017

Mrs. Daphne Joy Ham Slate, 92, of Mocksville, died on Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017 at her home.

She was born in Bloemfontein, South Africa, on Aug. 13, 1925 to Henry Somerset Ham and Aimee Wright Ham.She was educated in South Africa, graduating from the nursing program at Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town. She married Dr. Francis W. Slate in 1947 and they moved to the USA in 1952. She worked as a nurse for several years in Washington, DC, and in 1958 she moved to Mocksville with her family where she stayed for the rest of her life.

She was preceded in death by her parents, 5 siblings, and an infant child.

Survivors: her husband, Dr. Francis Wesley Slate; and by 3 children, Gillian Ann Slate Gatewood (Stokes), Moira Helen Slate Miethe, and Kenneth Wesley Slate (Barbara).

She was a kind and generous person. She was an excellent seamstress and would make clothes for her children and friends. She was a prize-winning knitter, and many sweaters and vests were enjoyed and treasured by her family and friends. She loved all nature, but particularly her cats and other animals, flowers and her goldfish. But her highest priority was her family. A passion was the garden. She would be out in her flower garden early in the morning and would be there most of the day. She knew what flowers to plant so that she would have a colorful garden from spring until fall. She was a faithful member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church and was the organist for many years.

There will be a celebration of life service at 2 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 6 at the Mocksville Seventh Day Adventist Church, preceded by a visitation at the church between 1 and 2 p.m..

Memorials: Humane Society of Davie, 291 Eaton Rd., Mocksville.

Condolence: www.daviefuneralservice.com.