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Zella O. Slayton
April 3, 2018

Mass of Christian Burial for Zella Octavia Slayton, 97, who was called home to be with the Lord April 3rd, will be celebrated on Wednesday, April 11th at 11:00 at the St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Buffalo, Wyoming with Father Larry Bailey as celebrant. A vigil service will be held, and the Rosary recited at the Harness Funeral Home Chapel on Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. Visitation will be held from the Harness Funeral Home Chapel on Tuesday from 1:00 until 9:00 pm. Interment will be in the Willow Grove Cemetery with graveside services immediately following the Mass. Donations in Zella’s memory may be made to the St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in care of the Harness Funeral Home at 351 N. Adams in Buffalo, Wyoming. 82834.

Zella Octavia Pelloux was born August 15, 1920 to Martin Pierre and Edna Octavia Pelloux of Buffalo. Her parents built a sheep-herding business in Buffalo, and had three children: Martin "Sonny" (1918), Zella (1920) and Elizabeth "Betty" (1922). Zella graduated from Buffalo High School in 1938 and pursued a teaching career, completing courses via correspondence and at the College in Laramie before receiving her teaching certificate. Zella's first teaching position was at Klondike School, where she taught for two years. During her time there she narrowly escaped a fire at the main ranch house, which necessitated her moving her parents' sheep wagon nearer the school and living there until the close of the school year. The following year, she taught grades 1 through 4 at Lower Sussex School, East of Kaycee. At the close of the school year at Sussex, in June, 1943, Zella joined the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) and was soon sent to Fort Devens, Massachusetts for basic training. She later wrote about this time, saying, "I had found a home in the Army!" Zella had aspired to join the Transportation Corps after basic training, but the Army had other plans, and she was instead selected for Cryptography. After being cleared for this service, she was sent to Camp Crowder, Missouri for several weeks of training. Zella's unit was advised they were going to be shipped out, and following a brief period of preparation at Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, Zella boarded a ship which eventually docked in Casa Blanca. She traveled by train to Algiers, where she began her service at the Allied Forces' Headquarters.

Shortly before the end of the War in Europe, Zella's unit was assigned to Fort Mason in San Francisco, California where she worked in the code room until VJ Day. She was discharged on October 8, 1945. Zella resided for a time in Wichita, Kansas where she was a police dispatcher. She later returned to Buffalo and worked at the First National Bank. Zella met Lowell, "Slats" Slayton and they were married on January 14, 1956 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. The couple first lived on Tisdale and later moved to North Burritt Avenue. They raised four children: David Slayton (Dallas, Texas), Paula Beemer (Colorado Springs, Colorado), Theresa Basaraba (Buhl, Idaho), and Mary Sullivan (Auburn, Indiana). She has four grandchildren and five nieces and nephews. Zella was preceded in death by her husband, Slats, her parents, her brother and sister, and her nephew, James Pelloux.


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Previous Events

Visitation

Tuesday

10

Apr

1:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Harness Funeral Chapel

351 N. Adams Ave
Buffalo, Wyoming 82834

Service

Tuesday

10

Apr

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Harness Funeral Chapel

351 N. Adams Ave
Buffalo, Wyoming 82834

Vigil service and Rosary

Service

Wednesday

11

Apr

11:00 AM
St. John the Baptist Catholic Church

E. Snider and Lobban
Buffalo, WY 82834

Graveside

Wednesday

11

Apr

12:00 PM
Willow Grove Cemetery

351 N. Adams
Buffalo, WY 82834

Immediately following the service.


Memorial Contribution

St. John the Baptist Catholic Church

Care of Harness Funeral Home 351 N. Adams Ave. Buffalo, WY 82834
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