Perry Kay Slaughterbeck


(June 6, 2004)

A celebration of the life of Perry Kay (Perky) Slaughterbeck, 61, of the Woods Landing area west of Laramie, is scheduled Friday, June 11 at 1 p.m. at Montgomery-Stryker Funeral Home in Laramie.

She died in her sleep on Sunday, June 6 in Pinedale.

She was born Aug. 30, 1942, in Lyons, Nebr., to Delmar and Evelyn (Tolles) Somer and moved to Wyoming when she was six weeks old. She grew up in Powell where she graduated from high school.

She married her high school sweetheart, Don Slaughterbeck, on June 7, 1963. Perky and Don graduated from the University of Wyoming in 1964- she from the College of Nursing and he from the College of Engineering.

They made their home in Idaho Falls, Idaho, but also lived in Seattle, Maryland and Sweden. Her nursing career focused on public health services where she practiced with professionalism and compassion. She was a tireless and passionate children's advocate. She was a loving spouse, mother, grandmother, sister, daughter and foster parent.

Perky and Don retired to the Jelm/Woods Landing area in 2001 where they became active in community affairs. They went back to school and became EMTs to provide emergency services to that rural area.

She loved Wyoming and was an avid UW football fan. She loved to travel the world, making friends wherever her travels took her. She enjoyed canoeing, fishing and cross-country skiing.

Survivors include her devoted husband, Don Slaughterbeck of Jelm; her son, Cliff Slaughterbeck (Carol) of Seattle; her daughter, Reva Nickelson (David) of Idaho Falls; her brother, Frank Somer (Chris) of Lovell; six grandchildren; and foster daughter, Chris White, of Salt Lake City.

Those wishing to contribute to a memorial can make a donation to the Red Cross children's advocacy programs at the Albany County Chapter of the American Red Cross, 410 E. Grand Ave., Laramie, WY 82070.