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Genevieve E. Sloan

Posted September 15, 2014 in Des Moines West, Obituaries

October 27, 1918 – September 13, 2014

Genevieve Sloan

Genevieve Sloan

Genevieve Sloan, 95, formerly of Sioux City and Spirit Lake, Iowa, died Saturday, September 13, at Wesley Acres in Des Moines. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 20, at Wesley Acres Community Room in Des Moines. Burial will be at a later date in Memorial Park Cemetery in Sioux City. Arrangements are under the direction of Iles Dunn’s Chapel in Des Moines.

Genevieve was born October 27, 1918, in Maple Creek, Saskatchewan, Canada, the daughter of George Clifton and Jessie Carr Whittington who were homesteading there. The family later moved to South Dakota where she attended schools in Miller and St. Laurence. She received a bachelor’s degree in music education from Morningside College in Sioux City.

On March 6, 1942, she married Paul Grayson Sloan in Sioux City. For twenty six years she brought the joys of vocal music to thousands of elementary school students in the Sioux City Community Schools until her retirement in 1979. She lived in Sioux City for 43 years, Lake Okoboji for 21 years, and Des Moines for 13 years.

Along with her husband, she received the Morningside College Distinguished Alumni Award in 1978. In 2003, they received the Leo Kucinski Award for service to their college, teaching, music profession and community.

Active in the community, she was a Girl Scout Leader, a member of the United Methodist Church, and a long time church choir singer, organist, and pianist. She especially enjoyed swimming, and earned a number of medals in the Senior Olympics in Des Moines. An avid needleworker, she enjoyed sewing, embroidery, and knitting.

She is survived by her daughters, Jerry Sloan Johnson of Mountain View, CA, Jinny Sloan Perrin of Borrego Springs, CA and Jackie Sloan Delk of West Des Moines; seven grandchildren, Tim Suits, Joanna Suits Hubenthal, Mischa Perrin, Seth Perrin, Jennifer Delk Clark, Nat Johnson, and Sarah Johnson Becker; and 13 great-grandchildren. Genevieve was preceded in death by her husband; parents; four siblings; and a son, John Paul Sloan of Denver, CO.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Morningside College in Sioux City or the Good Samaritan Fund at Wesley Acres in Des Moines.


Information provided by:
Iles Funeral Homes
Dunn’s Chapel
2121 Grand Ave
Des Moines, IA 50312

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