Mary Ann Cope Sloan was born July 1, 1922, to Pauline Bachmann Cope and Lorin Vaughan Cope in Tonti, Illinois. After completing eighth grade at a one-room country school, she graduated from Salem Illinois High School in 1940. She attended MacMurray College in Jacksonville, Illinois, for two years. In 1941, she started work for the Army Corps of Engineers at Belle Meade Armed Services Depot in New Jersey. After the end of WWII, she returned to Salem, Illinois, where she became a Service Representative for Illinois Bell Telephone Co. She married Robert Grant Sloan of Odin, Illinois, in 1946. They moved to Kirksville, Missouri, where he earned a Master of Music Degree while Mary Ann worked as a Service Representative for Southwestern Bell. His teaching career took them to a number of small towns in Iowa and they both enjoyed life in small towns. A move to Vandalia, Illinois, enabled Mary Ann to attend Greenville College and Indiana University where she earned her Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Business Administration.
In 1960, the two of them pulled up stakes and moved to Toledo, Oregon, to work for the Lincoln County School District. Here they settled down and enjoyed life to the fullest. Mary Ann developed a Vocational Business Program for Toledo High School. She was very proud of the achievements of her students and took great pleasure in hearing from them and learning about their lives. Mary Ann was named Oregon Business Teacher of the Year in 1971 by the members of the Oregon Business Education Association; she was named State Educator of the Year by Delta Kappa Gamma Alpha Rho in 1973; she served as State President of the Oregon Business Education Association in 1974-75. She retired from teaching in 1986 after 25 years at Toledo High School. Then, with her husband and her friend Jan Edmondson, formed Main Street Antique Mall in Toledo. The next 15 to 20 years was an exciting and busy time — antiquing up and down the West Coast from home base in Toledo. Later she was involved with her friends, with her swimming, with her drumming as a part of the West Coast Wind Ensemble, and with antiquing on Ebay.
Her husband, Robert Sloan, and her sister, Pauline Donahue, preceded her in death. Mary Ann is survived by her sister, Patricia Baldridge, of Salem, Illinois; her foster daughter, Sydney Miller Paredes of Taylors Falls, Minnesota; and a wonderful group of nieces and nephews and their children. Donations to the White Wolf Sanctuary in Yachats, Oregon or to the charity of your choice are appreciated.