Jean W. Sloan, 88, of Prairie Village, Kansas, passed away peacefully on September 19, 2022, surrounded by her children and grandchildren at Addington Place in Prairie Village, Kansas.
Jean was born in Bartlesville, Oklahoma in 1934 to Janet and Reverend Cecil A. Wells, a Methodist minister. As a “preacher’s kid” she moved several times, finally to Des Moines, Iowa where she attended East High school graduating in 1952. While living in Des Moines, she met and married Donald R. Sloan in 1953. Because of his career with Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co. (now KPMG), they moved several times, including three times to Kansas City and once for ten years to New York City.
Jean and Don were very active in civic affairs in every city in which they lived. One of Jean’s main interests wherever she lived was the symphony. She loved to play bridge with her husband and friends, and this included many ACBL sponsored tournaments in several cities. For many years, Jean had a standing Friday bridge game at Mission Hills Country Club with close friends. Jean was active in yoga as well.
Jean was creative and artistic. She had a great appreciation of the arts. Her homes were always beautifully decorated and welcoming to all who visited. She was also extremely gifted in the arts of needlepoint and petit point and created numerous pillows and large framed works of museum-quality pieces. Jean had a great sense of humor and loved to laugh. She was a dedicated homemaker, mother and grandmother. Jean was immensely proud of her family.
Jean is survived by her daughters: the Honorable Kathleen L. Sloan of Olathe, Kansas and Julie A. Sloan of Kansas City, Missouri. She is also survived by three grandchildren: Dr. Elizabeth W. Musil and her fiancé Chase M. Bryan of Prairie Village, Kansas; Kyle S. Kneale and his wife Jessica M. Kneale, of Olathe, Kansas; and Madeline S. Tarry and her husband Dr. Ryan T. Tarry of Overland Park, Kansas. She is also survived by her sister, Rev. Carole W. Mehl and her husband Gary G. Mehl of Kansas City, Missouri and a brother, Richard C. Wells and his wife Mary F. Wells of Davenport, Iowa. Jean was preceded in death by her loving husband in 2013 and by her sister, Marlene W. Wallerstedt of Ypsilanti, Michigan in 2012.
Jean’s family would like to thank Addington Place of Prairie Village and Ascend Hospice of Overland Park. We are particularly grateful for Julie, Emily, and Ashleigh at Addington Place and for Jodie from Ascend Hospice for their love, devotion, and wonderful care of Jean.
Services will be private. Jean and her family ask that in lieu of flowers contributions be made to the Alzheimer’s Association , 3846 West 75th Street, #4126, Prairie Village, Kansas 66208; to Wayside Waifs , 3901 Martha Truman Road, Kansas City, Missouri 64137; or to Youth Volunteer Corps 1025 Jefferson Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64105.