West Swanton, VT - Dotty Kay (Stanhope) Slack, 79, passed away Saturday evening at the UVM Medical Center as a result of a sudden stroke. She was born at home on Ridge Road, South Robbinston, ME on December 20, 1937,  the daughter of Lena (Brown) and Raymond Stanhope. Dotty graduated from the Calais Memorial High School and started work as a Bookkeeper at the Robbinston Cannery (a sardine canning factory). On April 12, 1957 she married Robert W. Slack of Robbinston, ME. They lived there until August 1957 when Robert joined the U.S. Border Patrol.  Over the years they were stationed in - El Paso, TX, Brownsville, TX, Beecher Falls VT, Newport, VT, and then finally in Rouses Point, NY.  In July 1974 they took up residence in West Swanton, VT where they were living at the time of Dotty’s death. 

Dotty had three daughters – Vicky Moody of Colchester VT born in 1958 in Brownsville, TX; Betty Gingras of West Swanton VT born in 1959 in St. Stephen, NB Canada; and Patricia Slack of Clinton Township, MI born in 1961 in Calais ME.  Dotty was a beloved daughter, a loving mother and a loving and faithful wife. 

She is survived by her husband, their three daughters and spouses, eleven grandchildren and eighteen great grandchildren with an additional great granddaughter due shortly. Dotty was preceded by her parents, a sister Shelia and brother Phillip. 


At this time no services are planned in accordance with Dotty’s wishes.