Devereux Marshall Slatter

Published 12:05 am Monday, January 12, 2015

Devereux Marshall Slatter

May 11, 1927 – Jan. 10, 2015

NATCHEZ — Funeral services for Devereux Marshall Slatter, 87, who died Jan. 10, 2015, at her residence, will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Lansdowne Plantation in Natchez.

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Burial will follow at Lansdowne Cemetery under the direction of Laird Funeral Home.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Lansdowne and 1 p.m. until service time Tuesday.

Mrs. Slatter was born on May 11, 1927, in Natchez, the daughter of George M. and Margaret P. Marshall.

She attended Sophie Newcomb College and married Joseph Colson in 1948. They had two daughters, Marsha Colson and Lisa Colson Baker.

She was remarried in 1968 to Mackenzie Nobles and lived for 13 years in the San Francisco Bay area, which she loved. During that time, she worked as a docent at the Haas-Lilienthal house in San Francisco and made numerous trips to Europe, Hawaii, Tahiti and Hong Kong. In 1981, she and Mack returned to Natchez where they spent the remaining years of their marriage until his death in 1993. She became active in tourism, establishing and managing a bed and breakfast business and hosting dinners for large tour groups at her family home, Lansdowne.

In 1997, she married Bill Slatter with whom she enjoyed 17 happy years and numerous trips to France, Turkey, Italy and Costa Rica. During her marriage to Bill, she took a keen interest in politics and became an avowed liberal Democrat. She served as chairman of Natchez Pilgrimage Tours and as President of the Pilgrimage Garden Club. She was an avid reader environmentalist, conservationist, member of the Sierra Club, supporter of Green Peace, the Nature Conservancy and the American Civil Liberties Union and many other activist and charitable organizations. She loved nature and the outdoors, especially trees, birds and dogs.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Neville Buck Marshall, second husband, Mackenzie Nobles; stepson, Jock Nobles; and stepdaughter Ellen Van Camp.

She is survived by her husband, Bill Slatter; daughters, Marsha and Lisa and husband, Burk; granddaughter, Anna Baker Trimble and husband, David; three grandsons, David Matthews Axelrod, Andrew Burk Baker and Ashton Mackenzie Baker; and great-grandchildren Margaret Devereux Trimble and George Baker Trimble.

Other survivors include the children of her brothers, George Marshall and Neville Marshall; her cherished nieces and nephews; her California family: Rick Nobles and wife, Kim, Lisa Nobles Raihall and husband, Rick; grandchildren, Jessica Nobles Jones and husband, Adam, Aaron Mackenzie Nobles and wife, Stephanie, Kristie and Noelle Raihall and Michelle Nobles; great-grandchildren, Emerson Devereaux Nobles and Evander Mackenzie Nobles; and a number of cousins and dear friends.

She is also survived by Bill Slatter’s children and their families, Katherine Kirlin and husband, Tom, Williams Slatter and wife, Jackie, Hyde Slatter and wife, Nan, and Ira Slatter and Ellen Reyher; grandchildren, Annie and Katie Kirlin, Suzanne and Michael Slatter, Wesley Van Camp and wife, Debbie, Elie Slatter and wife, Hannah, Kate Slatter; and great-grandchildren, Henry and Grace Ellen Van Camp and William Francis Van Camp.

Pallbearers will be Richard Nobles, David Axelrod, Andrew Baker, Ashton Baker, Burk Baker, George Marshall V, Buck Brumfield, Joseph Stone and Rodney Tassistro.

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