Sharon Sloan, 78, once of Spring Valley

Sharon Elizabeth (Silker) Sloan, 78, of Saratoga, Iowa, died Wednesday, July 24, 2019, at Evans Memorial Home in Cresco, after a battle with bladder cancer.

She was born on April 17, 1941, in San Diego, Calif. She was the daughter of M. Wayne Silker and Virginia (Weatherly) Silker of rural Spring Valley. Her father was a 20-year career Navy service man. After the war, her family moved many times to where her father was stationed. They moved from coast to coast several times here in the states, then to Guam for two years.

After her father retired and settled in rural Spring Valley, she graduated from Spring Valley High School in 1959. She went on to attend St. Mary’s School of Practical Nursing, graduating as an LPN in the class of 1961.

On Dec. 31, 1960, she was married to Arlen Neil Sloan of McIntire, Iowa, at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. After living in Minneapolis for two years, where her husband attended Dunwoody Institute for electronics training, they settled in Anamosa, Iowa, and started their family. From this union there were three children: Rebecca Elizabeth (Sloan) Frazer, Steven Eric Sloan and Clayton Arlen Sloan.

She enjoyed books and spent many hours at the LeRoy Public Library, where she made many, many friends. She went on several mission trips to Children’s Vision with her husband to Bogota, Colombia. She so enjoyed the children in the orphanage.

She worked several years at LPC in LeRoy. She really enjoyed getting together with Christian friends from many local churches. She enjoyed movies, tea time and numerous lunches and trips with her girlfriends.

She is survived by her husband, Arlen; her children, Rebecca (John) Frazer of Saratoga, Steven (Pattie) Sloan of Baxter, Minn., and Clayton (Dawn) Sloan of Rochester; her grandchildren, Nathan Frazer, Nichole Free, Riley Sloan, Anthony Sloan, Ryan Sloan and Joshua Sloan; five great-grandchildren, with expectations of two more coming soon, and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her sister, Paula Ann (Silker) Larson, and one great-granddaughter, Gabby Ray Free.  

A memorial service will be held at the LeRoy Community Center in LeRoy on Aug. 24, from 1 to 4 p.m.

Any money received in her memory will be donated to Children’s Vision in Bogota, Colombia.

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