BARBARA A. SLOAN
Barbara Ann Dunson Sloan – a woman of style, beauty, grace, and talented at whatever she set her mind to do, passed from this life on the morning of Thursday, December 31st, 2015. Her family is convinced she decided it was time to go because her beloved husband Waymon, who preceded her in death in May, needed her for their date at a New Year’s Eve party in Heaven. Barbara resided in the Christian Care Center of Mesquite, but was a long-time resident of Kaufman, and Kaufman was her home. She was born on May 23, 1931 in Kaufman to her mother, Eunyce Lucille Carruthers Dunson and her father, Homer Allen Dunson. After graduating from Kaufman High School in 1948, she attended Henderson County Junior College where she was elected Homecoming Queen. On February 23, 1951, she married the love of her life, Waymon Sloan of Kaufman, at the Kaufman Church of Christ. They resided in Dallas where they were blessed with two children, son, Tim and daughter, Stacy. Her children knew she considered them a blessing because she told them almost every day. Barbara was a devoted wife, a loving mother, (and yes Mom, we know you “love us more!”). She also had many dear friends because she was a dear friend. Since Waymon avoided all tasks of the “handyman” variety, Barbara took up the challenge and repaired or refurbished almost every aspect of their home. Whether it was dismantling and reassembling a dryer (with only a few parts left over), rewiring a lamp, replacing the legs on every table, or re-papering every wall in the house numerous times, Barbara dove in with enthusiasm and confidence. Barbara was woman of great faith, and she dedicated herself to honoring God in her life. Her work in her church by reaching out to others (teaching Sunday school, a hostess for numerous events, an elder’s wife in Dallas and in Kaufman), her work to help grow Dallas Christian School, her work to help establish Hickory Square in Kaufman, and the example of her daily walk with Jesus, were all an outpouring of her love for the Lord. Barbara is predeceased by her husband, Waymon Sloan, her father, Homer Dunson, and her mother, Eunyce Dunson. She is survived by her son, Tim Sloan and wife Raleen of Kaufman, her daughter Stacy Bartlett and husband Richard of Fort Worth; grandchildren, Shelby Diviney and husband Brandon, Connor Sloan and wife Kelly, Randi Riggs, Kati Adair and husband Zach, and Joshua Riggs; great-grandchildren, Sloan Diviney, Graham Diviney, and Lincoln Sloan. Isaiah 51:11 – “Those the Lord has rescued will return. They will enter Zion with singing; everlasting joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away.” The family will always be grateful to the staff at Christian Care Center of Mesquite and all her dear friends, who loved her from this life to the next. Memorials can be made to Christian Care Center of Mesquite or the Kaufman Church of Christ Hope Center.