January 16, 1869 - June 13, 1911
|Mrs. Mary Almeda Sloane (nee Hayes) was born near Crowley, La., January 16th, 1869. From an educational standpoint she was reared under disadvantages, but she was brought up in the excellent home of her parents, Brother and Sister Isaac Hayes of precious memory. Under the training and protection of these faithful guardians, early in life Sister Sloane, under the ministry of Rev. R. M. Blocker, gave her heart to God and joined the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, and continued a consistent member therein through life.
On December 30, 1886, she was married to Mr. John G. Sloane. She was the mother of seven children, two of whom died in infancy: Doby, Robert, Byron, Joseph and Nolly Survive her, and are members of their mother’s church, and are endeavoring to follow her counsel.
When Sister Sloane knew her husband was called to the itinerant ministry, she conferred not with flesh aid blood, but cheerfully left her comfortable home In Crowley, La., In the interest of lost humanity. Eternity alone will reveal the work of this consecrated wife as a co-laborer with her husband, the Rev. John G. Sloane, a much loved member of our Conference.
Sister Sloane, though a great sufferer, the latter part of her life, did not complain, and just a short while before leaving for the home beyond, calmly counseled her sorrowing husband and children and bade adieu to earth. She died from the effects of a surgical operation June 13, 1911, and was buried the following day in the beautiful Greenwood cemetery in Shreveport, La. Many friends stood by, while Dr. G. E. Cameron and the writer officiated in consigning to earth all that was mortal.
May the blessings of our Heavenly Father comfort and sustain our bereaved brother and his motherless children and they each so live that there will be a happy reunion in the Sweet Bye and Bye.
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, 1911, page 59, by W. J. Porter.|