ForeverMissed

Carol Linda Markley Slatten, beloved mother, grandmother, sister and friend, was born in Turlock on January 15, 1938 to Harold and Gertrude Markley. Carol was the eldest of four children. After graduating from Turlock High School, she attended UC Berkeley and USF Nursing School. A long-time resident of Concord, Carol was actively and enthusiastically involved in several philanthropic organizations, and a passionate supporter of education and the arts. She will be greatly missed. Carol was preceded in death by her husband, Derrell Mack Slatten. She is survived by her three daughters, Katherine Somervell, Jennifer Slatten, and Emily Slatten; her grandchildren, Conor and Emma Somervell; her siblings Kathi Curry, Sally Owens, and Bill Markley; her friend, Celeste Graham; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A memorial service is planned for May 26, 2012 at 1:00 pm at the Lafayette United Methodist Church, 955 Moraga Road, Lafayette, CA. Private cremation and inurnment Oakmont Memorial Park, Lafayette.

Posted by Tonya Hawes on June 5, 2012
I met Carol through the Concord chapter AAUW. What a kind and sincere woman, and she always made me feel welcome, especially since I was the "new kid" in AAUW and that is something that I will always cherish. I will always remember Carol, as you always remember those people that when they smiled at you, you knew it came truly from their heart.
Posted by Paul Schaffner on May 30, 2012
The best mother in-law you could imagine, Carol always made me feel as part of the family from day one. I'll always remember her smiling - in fact, I cannot recall a single time with her when she was not smiling to some degree. She is missed severely, will never be forgotten and I am immensely saddened to be in a world without her presence.
Posted by Stephanie Adams on May 29, 2012
Carol was such a special person. We worked together and enjoyed many dept. parties, lunches and cookie exchanges. She always had a smile for you no matter how crazy the day was. I am so sorry to hear of her passing and wish her family and Celeste prayers of comfort.
Posted by Barbara Chernikoff on May 28, 2012
Dear family, I am so sorry to hear of Carol's passing. She was not only a classmate, girlscout friend, church friend, but also my 4th cousin. She was always so fun and thoughtful and smart. She was a kind person and I could just see her as a great nurse. May your wonderful memories give you strength and endurance. Sincere Sympathy.
Posted by Louisa Allen on May 28, 2012
I remember Carol while attending Turlock High School. She was always pleasant to the lower classmen, as I was two years behind her. It was wonderful to have this passed on. I'm so glad there was a picture of her in front of the Markely Park where her parents owned their dairy. R.I.P. Carol
Posted by Lynessa Hansson on May 26, 2012
Hi Slattens,
I'm so sorry to hear about Carol. Wish I could be there in Lafayette today. Gloria Terrace would not have been the same place growing up without her.
Love from Lynessa
Posted by Jerry Kapler on May 26, 2012
I am truly saddened to hear about the passing of Carol. I remember her as a caring person who was forever willing to advise and help. I will remember her big happy smile, enthusiasm for life, and great sense of humor. Rest in peace.
Posted by Judith Yee on May 25, 2012
Carol, you were my teacher, my mentor, and my dear friend. More importantly, you were a kind, loving, and generous person with a great sense of humor. Working alongside you for ten plus years was such a privilege. I’ll always miss you and that wonderful smile of yours. I guess God needed you in heaven. Rest in peace, Carol.

Love,
Judith
Posted by Nilabh Shastri on May 25, 2012
I remember Carol as a kind and generous person who was always willing to advise and help. I was delighted to see Carol recently on campus and am shocked by her passing. Rest in peace.
Posted by Jeremy Thorner on May 25, 2012
I was very sorry to learn that Carol had passed away. Her sunny disposition and dedication made it a pleasure every time I went to see her in the office that she ran for the UC Berkeley Cancer Research Laboratory. She was always unstintingly helpful, good-natured and cheerful. She will be sorely missed, but very fondly remembered."
Posted by Holly Aaron on May 25, 2012
I am so sorry to learn that I will not see Carol again, nor hear her wonderful tales of travel, catch her never-ending enthusiasm for life. She always had a smile, always gave me a smile. My heart goes out to her daughters and closest friends who must miss her terribly every moment. Peace and love,
Holly
Posted by John Ngai on May 25, 2012
Carol, I will miss you dearly. At work, there was never a problem you couldn't solve or red tape you couldn't cut through, all with an encouraging wink and a smile. But what I will always remember you for was your warmth and gracious kindness, never failing to brighten the spirits of all the lives you touched.
Posted by Walt Hubrig on May 22, 2012
I am just stocked in the passing of Carol. I am the Treasurer of Chapter 107 clock group of which Carol was active, and I last saw her at the Christmas Lunch, She was so happy and kind. I will miss her smiling face. I will add her to my pray list.

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Posted by Tonya Hawes on June 5, 2012
I met Carol through the Concord chapter AAUW. What a kind and sincere woman, and she always made me feel welcome, especially since I was the "new kid" in AAUW and that is something that I will always cherish. I will always remember Carol, as you always remember those people that when they smiled at you, you knew it came truly from their heart.
Posted by Paul Schaffner on May 30, 2012
The best mother in-law you could imagine, Carol always made me feel as part of the family from day one. I'll always remember her smiling - in fact, I cannot recall a single time with her when she was not smiling to some degree. She is missed severely, will never be forgotten and I am immensely saddened to be in a world without her presence.
Posted by Stephanie Adams on May 29, 2012
Carol was such a special person. We worked together and enjoyed many dept. parties, lunches and cookie exchanges. She always had a smile for you no matter how crazy the day was. I am so sorry to hear of her passing and wish her family and Celeste prayers of comfort.
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Shared by Ed Blank on June 3, 2012

I last saw and spoke to Carol in January at Costco. As usual she was smiling. That is how I will always remember her. I met Carol when I went to work in the Cancer Research department at my alma mater, Cal, in 2002. We have been friends since that time. That she touched many lives including mine for the good was evidenced that her church, Lafayette United Methodist Church, was filled with her family and friends. I will miss her.

That's mom -- always prepared!

Shared by Katherine Somervell on May 29, 2012

From Mary Weaver, whose daughter Jennifer was best friends with Carol's Jennifer: 

One of my fondest memories of your mother was when she and I were the Campfire Girl leaders and we took your group (Jennifer) on a huge camp-out.  It was pretty stressful for your mom and me and we were thrilled when you guys finally got in your sleeping bags and settled down.  She and I looked at each other and I said “I could really use a drink.”  She said “Would you like a martini?”  I was annoyed that she would tease me like that until she reached into her bag and actually brought out martinis, complete with olives.  I’ll never forget it.  You have never seen a happier Campfire Girl leader than I.

Words of Appreciation and Remembrance

Shared by Katherine Somervell on May 29, 2012

Shared by Rev. Lori Sawdon at the Memorial Service, May 26, 2012: 

 

According to Webster's Dictionary, a carol is "a song of joy or mirth." We don't know why her parents chose the name of "Carol," but Carol Markley Slatten was true to her name. Her life indeed was a song of joy which brought delight and happiness to many over the years.

Carol literally played and sang songs of joy. The Markley children, Kathi, Sally, and Bill were raised with music. Carol enjoyed playing the Jamaican Rumba as a piano duet with her Mother. Carol could play any brass instrument, including the French horn and trumpet. She was an excellent sight reader and could easily learn a tune. Just a year ago, both of our church musicians were ill on a Sunday morning. I called Carol at 8:30 and she stepped up to play piano for worship at 10:00.

As Carol ventured out from small town Turlock to the big and wondrous city of Berkeley, her repertoire was expanded! She introduced her family to classical music. She brought home a record of the opera Zampa; the family did not have a hi-fi, so they took the LP to the church to use the hi-fi to listen to Zampa!

The Cal experience broadened the Markley family's world in other ways. During her second year Kathi and Sally visited Carol after Easter, attending classes with her and having their first taste of something unknown in Turlock: pizza!

It was in a biology class at Cal that Carol met Derrell Slatten and they began to compose their own love song. They shared musical talents and both participated in performances of Cantique de Jean Racine. They were married at the Turlock Methodist Church in 1959. They became the proud parents of three daughters, Katherine, Jennifer, and Emily. Carol was later happy to embrace her sons-in-law, Alan, Paul, and Ted, and grandchildren, Conor and Emma.

The Slatten girls were all introduced to the family's love of music. In the late 70's Carol formed a Markley family band with all the family members participating: Mother was the director and pianist; Carol & Emily played French horn. Others included Derrell on baritone; Kathi, Leslie & Jennifer on violin; Sally on flute; Bill on trumpet and drums; Norma on trumpet; Jeff and Dean on saxophone; Julie on clarinet; Katherine on oboe; Aunt Helen on the triangle. The proud patriarch, Harold Markley, was the audience!

Carol spread her joy through the profession of nursing, serving as a public health nurse for Alameda County and a school nurse in Mt. Diablo District. She returned to school to learn accounting and worked in that field until she found a job in the Chemistry Department at Cal in 1983. She transferred to the Cancer Research Lab where she thrived and used her multiple talents to further the life-saving work done at that marvelous facility.

Carol's affable nature allowed her to collect a multitude of friends over the years. One of those was Carol's roommate at Cal, Diane. Carol brought her home to Turlock for a visit. Because Diane was Jewish, at the dinner table the family talked about what it meant to be Jewish. Carol noted that Jesus was a Jew. Bill replied, "I thought Jesus was a Methodist."

Carol's embrace of Diane perhaps prepared her for her roommate of the past 28 years, Celeste Graham. Although a staunch United Methodist, Carol was a good sport in participating in Celeste's study and experience of various world religions. They visited a Buddhist temple, a Sufi temple, and numerous mosques and synagogues. They even happened to be in Rome in 2005 at the historic moment when white smoke rose from the Vatican announcing the selection of Pope Benedict.

Together Carol and Celeste explored the world beginning with Africa in 1984. Their travels took them to England, Germany and Austria, South America, China, Italy, Prague and Bucharest. They traveled the Amazon River by canoe. Once while trying to get a photo of the beautiful blue morpho butterfly, Carol, camera in hand, fell into the muddy water. Fortunately a nearby French research team caught the butterfly, allowing her to get a close-up picture once she and her camera recovered.

Carol's collection of nativity sets began in Tanzania where she purchased her favorite set. The guide bartered for it for $80, Carol's Timex watch, and 3 of Celeste's t-shirts. In addition to nativity sets, Carol collected Haviland China and clocks.

And Carol collected friends. Over the years was a member of an adult recreation softball team, Diablo Youth Orchestra Board, Haviland Collectors, Questors, PEO, AAUW, Clock Club, and more.

Carol's love of music was nurtured early on by the music of the church. She sang the songs of faith and joy as the anchor of the soprano section for decades. As a member of this congregation for 45 years, Carol joyously offered her gifts in a multitude of ways: Children’s choir director, Church Council secretary, treasurer, office volunteer, officer in United Methodist Women, Lay Member to Annual Conference, and musician in Bethlehem Experience.

The Steinway grand piano was a generous gift to the church in memory of Derrell Slatten. Carol and choir member, Nancy Cotteral, searched Contra Costa and Alameda Counties testing pianos recommended by then organist, Douglas Butler. Upon finding this beautiful piano, the three celebrated with a round at Lafayette's own Round-Up Saloon!

Carol was the keeper of the choir closet key where choir members can lock up their valuables during worship. One time when Carol was going to be gone for a few weeks, she had extra keys made for others. The key is colored with red and yellow flames. In entrusting this precious key to choir member Don Keeble, Carol said, "Here's your key, and, (pointing at the colors) this is where you're going if you lose it!"

Carol held not only the keys to the church. With her bright smile, her warm personality, and her joyous songs, Carol also held the key to our hearts. She easily endeared herself to us and we have been richly blessed.

Songs of faith sung throughout her lifetime brought Carol close to the heart of our loving God. Carol's faith informed her that death is not the end, but a passage into eternal life with God. Carol's life goes on in the presence of our loving God. Carol's love and joy continues to ring on in our hearts for love never ends.

In his letter to the Philippians, Paul wrote, "Rejoice in the Lord always, again I say, rejoice!" It was Carol's nature to rejoice always, to sing a song of joy. She weathered the difficult times and challenges of her life by making music and finding reason to rejoice. Now her songs of joy echo down from the communion of saints, giving us reason to hope and a note of encouragement to rejoice in the gifts of life which we continue to be given.

Thus we rejoice in the song of joy named Carol Markley Slatten who sprinkled our lives with smiles, laughter, joy, and love.

 

Creator God, we give you thanks for the gift of life. This day we raise our praise for the life of Carol Markley Slatten. We are grateful for Mom’s steadfast support, for Grandma’s generous gifts, for Carol’s bright smile and buoyant presence.

We rejoice in her quick wit and humor which brought joy to our lives. We celebrate her administrative skills and musical talents which she generously shared in many venues. Our lives have been touched by her loyal service to Cal, to service organizations, and to this congregation. We have been blessed by Carol’s friendship and caring outreach. For the privilege of having shared the journey of life and faith with Carol, we give thanks.

May your healing, comforting presence abide with Carol’s family. Embrace Katherine & Alan, Conor & Emma, Jennifer & Paul, Emily & Ted with your peace. Blanket Carol’s extended family, Celeste, and Carol’s many friends with hope.

May Carol find rest and joy in your eternal presence. Abide with us, O Holy One, that we might know peace and joy.