Frances Arlene Slagle passed away peacefully on October 1, 2023, leaving the bounds of this world to be welcomed by her Heavenly Father and all of her family already residing in heaven with Him. She was known as “Lukie” since she was a teenager. Though the origin of that nickname is covered completely by the sands of time, it just seemed to fit her perfectly – we all loved Lukie.
Born January 11, 1926, in Ridge, Texas to Conard and Olga Miller, Lukie grew up in and around Robertson County with her three sisters and four brothers – she was the youngest of the four girls – and graduated from Hearne High School in 1944. She was a long-time member of First Baptist Church of Hearne, and later the Church of Christ in Franklin.
Lukie married William D. (“Dub”) McCarver in April 1948, and they made their home together in Hearne until his death in December 1976. She worked as a clerk for the City of Hearne and then for First State Bank for many years. Later she served as a teacher’s aide at Eastside Elementary school, helping out with the kids she always had such a heart for.
While she didn’t have any children of her own, she dearly loved all of her nephews and nieces (and all of their children and grandchildren) as if they were hers. She even bought a set of bunk beds to facilitate the frequent overnight stays of the ones who lived close by.
Lukie was the BEST cook! Whatever she made was always delicious. Never using a recipe, she just made it up as she went along. She usually had a tasty casserole or a container of chicken salad ready to send home with you when you came for a visit. Summer nights were often greeted by a bowl of freshly churned banana ice cream and fresh-baked cookies were always at hand at Lukie’s house.
In 1987, Lukie married Erle Slagle and they resided in Hearne until his death in October 2000. They both enjoyed travel and gardening and always had a beautiful yard and landscaping, accented with gorgeous flowers and other blooming plants, which Lukie tended to with a passion. She truly loved working in the flower beds, and they were always spectacular.
She was a resident at Crossroads Nursing and Rehabilitation in Hearne since 2015, where she was loved by all the nurses and technicians and she befriended many of the other residents there. She was a fierce domino and “42” player, always up for a game and ready to shake ‘em. She always looked forward to seeing her sister-in-law Judy Miller, who came by every day to check in on her and make sure Lukie was well cared for at Crossroads.
Lukie was preceeded in death by her parents and all of her siblings – sisters Marguerite Wilkins, Maurice Cude, and Marie (“Bee”) Sharp and brothers Ed, Bill, Jake and Charlie.