Live Oak —
Patt was very active in the First Baptist Church of Live Oak for almost 70 years. She served as a Sunday School teacher, member and director of the church choir, organizer and member of the church orchestra, director of the junior choir, member of the church building committee, and member and chairman of numerous other church committees.
Patt was a former member of the Live Oak Garden Club and the Eastern Star. She was a founding member of the Suwannee County Historical Commission and she served as Committee Chairman in forming the Suwannee County Historical Museum. She was an organizer and charter member of the Live Oak Artists Guild, and she was a past president of the Live Oak Woman's Club.
Patt found time to assist her husband in his law and political career. Wm. Randall Slaughter served one term in the Florida Legislature, 14 years as county attorney for Suwannee County, and 22 years as State Attorney for the Third Judicial Circuit of Florida.
During her years in Suwannee County, she shared her artistic and musical knowledge and talents with the community. She worked hard to insure that all phases of the arts were within reach of everyone in the community. She taught piano and violin, organized and directed the award winning Live Oak Woman’s Club Chorus, and she was instrumental in organizing the Live Oak Community Orchestra.
Patt was an accomplished and award-winning artist and painter. In addition, she organized the Live Oak Woman’s Club Community Arts Festival, and served as the festival coordinator for 30 years. During that time, the festival grew to a week-long presentation of arts, photography, creative writing, crafts, music and dance involving more that 2000 members of the community. The festival provided thousands of talented students and adults in our community with the opportunity to display their talents. Under her direction and guidance, the festival was recognized as the best, and longest-running art festival in north central Florida.