Ruth E. (Unrein) Slater, 81, Great Bend, died Nov. 29, 2018, at her home in Great Bend.

She was born Jan. 22, 1937, in LaCrosse to Jacob and Apollonia (Kreutzer) Unrein. She married Walter L. Slater March 27, 1956 at Raton, N.M.

Coming from California in 1976, Ruth was formerly of Bison, La Crosse and Ellinwood. She worked as a medical transcriptionist for 25 years for Central Kansas Medical Center and Dr. Jeffrey Brozek, being committed to her profession. In her early employment years, she worked as a waitress, soda jerk and nurse aide. While residing in California she was employed as a secretary for various companies, including the City of Hope, Los Angeles, and as a temp for Kelly Girls.

She enjoyed music, reading, playing cards, auctions, gardening, cooking, antiques, traveling and family reunions. She was a member of the World Wide Church of God and United Church of God, both in Hays, and involved in many different Bible study groups. She loved spending time with her family and being a grandmother, but especially loved spending time with her grandchildren.

Survivors include a daughter, Elizabeth “Elle” Slater and fiancé Ryler Bass, Great Bend; three sons, James A. Slater and wife, Blanca, of Orlando, Fla., Timothy J. Slater and wife, Deb, of Jacksonville, Fla., and Matthew Slater and wife, Kimberly, of Great Bend; five grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; seven step-great-grandchildren; a brother, Gary Unrein and wife, Janet, Lincoln, Neb.; one sister-in-law, Cindy Unrein; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers, Edwin Unrein, Marvin Unrein, James Unrein and Kenneth Unrein; and seven sisters, Martina Flax, Mary Weber, Mildred Kirmer, Hedwig Bucl, Rosa Unrein, Catherine Unrein and Elizabeth Unrein.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday at Bryant Funeral Home, Great Bend, with family receiving friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Bryant Funeral Home, with Curly Leiker presiding. Burial will be at 2:30 p.m. at the St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery, Schoenchen. Memorials are suggested to the Golden Belt Home Health & Hospice, in care of Bryant Funeral Home.

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