Lillian Hoyt Slater, 95, of New Milford, died March 31. She married the love of her life, Franklin W. Slater Jr., to whom she was married for more than 50 years.

She was born Nov. 2, 1917, in New Milford, the youngest child of the late Frederick Revere Hoyt and Daisy Breinig Hoyt.

During her marriage and her husband's service in the Army Air Force, they resided in California, New Jersey and Milford. They resided in Danbury, where they raised their family, for about 40 years.

During their time in Danbury, she was a communicant at St. James Episcopal Church, where she was a member of the St. Martha's Chapter. She was an active volunteer for the American Red Cross for 30-plus years in the Blood Mobile Program.

After relocating to New Milford in 1989, she became a parishioner at St John's Episcopal Church, where she continued to volunteer her services until her health declined.

For 25 years, she was an active volunteer at the ThriftMart in New Milford, where she was affectionately known as "The Shoe Lady." She was also a volunteer at the New Milford Historical Society and the New Milford Hospital Gift Shop.

Before she stopped driving, she visited shut-ins and friends at nursing homes. She loved the community and always considered New Milford her home.

Slater was a gifted gardener with a green thumb inherited from her mother, Daisy, who was the first florist in New Milford. Her gardens were lovingly tended and nurtured and provided a colorful display throughout the growing season.

She was an avid and passionate card player who loved bridge, canasta, samba and solitaire. She was sharp and competitive and loved board games, bingo, crossword puzzles and picture puzzles.

Slater is survived by a daughter, Wendy, and a son-in-law, Edward C. Lindblom Sr., of New Milford, with whom she made her home prior to her move to Chestnut Grove in 2012; a son, Michael F. Slater, and his wife, Kim, of Kent; two grandchildren, Heather Walsh and Michael F. Slater, both of Kent; two great-grandsons, Ethan Boyle and Collin Walsh; a niece, Joan Carrier Eddy, and her husband, William, of Simsbury; and two nephews, Malcolm H. Carrier Jr., of New Milford, and Brian Hoyt of Pioneer, Calif. In addition to her husband, who died in March of 1993, she was predeceased by three sisters, Natalie Hoyt Wood, Winifred Hoyt Carrier and Constance Hoyt Smith, and a brother, Frederick "Bob" Hoyt.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Book of Remembrance St. John's Episcopal Church, 7 Whittlesey Ave., New Milford CT 06776; to the Animal Welfare Society of New Milford, 8 Dodd Road, New Milford, CT 06776; or to Thrift Mart of New Milford Inc., 146 Danbury Road, New Milford CT 06776.

Interment was at Center Cemetery in New Milford.

Colonial Funeral Home in New Milford was in charge of arrangements.