WINSTON-SALEM — Dorothy "Dot" Lea Slater Parker Price passed away on May 23, 2014 after a long and independent life. Born on March 20,1931, the oldest child of the late Harvey "Eb" Slater and Ida Jordan Slater, Dot raised four sons. She was known for her caring and unselfish personality, and was especially compassionate with animals, saving the lives of many cats and dogs, she also helped numerous individuals throughout her 83 years. She lived in Forsyth County and the surrounding area all her life living first in rural areas, then in Winston-Salem during a 30-year career at Western Electric, and, ultimately, returning to the countryside around Pilot Mountain. At various times, she also worked as a tobacco field stringer/primer, a clerk, a baker, a Red Cross volunteer and a seamstress. Dot liked to plant things, often in awkward places, and had a green thumb. She had a talent for sewing, making clothes for herself and her sons when she had the time. She could identify nearly every bird and plant in the Piedmont region. For a couple of years, Dot was seen driving around with a chicken as a passenger just to keep it company as the chicken had physical disabilities and was not accepted by the flock. Dot married twice. Robert L. Parker was her first husband and father to her four sons. Later in life, she married Carl "Skip" Price, who passed away in 2013. She also lost her beloved sister, Lucille Minnix, and her youngest son, Christopher. She is survived by her sons Richard Parker (Kim), Kerry Parker (Linda),and Michael Parker (Kelly), Kelly's daughter Taylor, a brother Robert "Bobby" Slater (Bunny), nephews Brad Minnix, Steve Minnix (Linda),Robert Slater, Richard Slater, and Steve Boyles, nieces Carol Slater, Leslie Minnix, Robin Capps, Karen Motsinger and Nancy Carswell, special sister-in-law Doris Boyles, and family friend Genia Simpson. A visitation will be held at Salem Funeral Home at 2599 Reynolda Road in Winston-Salem from 2 to 4 pm on May 31, 2014. The family has requested that donations be made in Dot's memory to the Mountain Valley Hospice and Palliative Care, 401 Technology Lane, Suite 200, Mount Airy, NC 27030 and the SPCA of Wake County, 200 Petfinder Lane, Raleigh, NC 27603. Dot often said "I love you. You know that." And she is loved in return. Online condolences may be sent to

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Published in Mount Airy Newspapers from May 28 to May 29, 2014