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Sarah (Dickerson) Sloan (1891)


Posted By: Pat Hochstetler
Date: 12/29/2007 at 16:27:28

The Madisonian
Winterset, Iowa
Friday, September 25, 1891
Page 2


Died, in Winterset, on Friday the 18th inst., Mrs. Sarah Sloan in the 59th year of her age. Mrs. Sloan’s death had been hourly expected for some days, and came at last as a welcome relief from exhaustion and suffering. Her illness extending over several months was marked to the most uncomplaining patience and cheerful resignation. Her anxious friends had foreseen for some time the result which they were powerless to prevent. They could only express their affection by tender ministries and solicitous care. Now that their fears are realized, the sense of a great loss pervades her entire circle of acquaintances.

Mrs. Sloan had been a resident of Winterset for twenty-two years, and during this time had found a warm place in the hearts of a large share of the community. Her heart was always enlisted in behalf of the poor and those in trouble, and her hand ready for every good work. Her sympathies were varied and generous, and she found opportunity to be helpful to those in all walks of life.

She was rarely endowed by nature, possessing vigorous health, an enjoyable temperament and remarkable balance of character. These qualities were all laid at the service of those about her.

Her life was devoted not to the service herself, but of others. The explanation of this is to be found in Mrs. Sloan’s earnest Christian spirit. Her religion was the moving factor of her life. Her belief in Christianity was simple and devout. Her endeavor to follow in the footsteps of her Lord was earnest and practical. No one ever heard her say much about her religious life. Her reserved nature and dread of pretense forbade. But in her daily life was the eloquent expression of a confident trust and an unwavering loyalty. During her entire residence in Winterset, she was a member of the Presbyterian church, in which denomination she had been nurtured from childhood. No member of the church was more faithful or helpful, and her loss will be surely felt by all her fellow members in the church.

In her home Mrs. Sloan’s presence, helpful, cheerful and kind, will be most keenly missed. During a married life of 38 years her home was a place where all were welcome and were at ease.

Dr. Sloan has the sympathy of all his friends in his bereavement.

The funeral was held Sunday morning, the 20th, at the Presbyterian church, attended by a large gathering of friends. The services were conducted by her pastor, Rev. B. F. Herring, who delivered a memorial discourse.

A great concourse followed her body to the cemetery and tearfully committed it to the grave.

The Winterset News
Winterset, Iowa
Thursday, September 24, 1891
Page 8, Column 1


After a long and weary illness of many weeks, uncomplainingly borne, on Friday, September 18, 1891, at a few minutes after nine o’clock, a. m. the subject of this notice was called to her reward, kindly and lovingly ministered unto by her husband, Dr. J. Sloan and her devoted friends.

Mrs. Sloan was born in Harrison county, Ohio, on the 18th day of December, 1833. She was United in marriage to Dr. Sloan, in the same county, in Oct., 1853.

She United with the church at the age of 21, and was a consistent, faithful, useful worker to the time of her death. None new her but to admire and love. The following eloquent, truthful and touching tribute to her memory, by her pastor Rev. H. C. Herring, of the 1st Presbyterian church of Winterset, Iowa, will prove her best obituary. The church was beautifully decorated with autumn leaves and flowers, and a large concourse followed the remains of her dear sister to her quiet resting place in the Cemetery.

Note: This introduction is followed by a transcript of the eulogy, of a full 2 ˝ columns in length, of no genealogical value.


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