Mary Elizabeth Sloan

Born October 31, 1925

Mary Elizabeth “Betty” Sloan passed away on Monday, February 24th. Betty was born in Alliance, October 31, 1925.

She graduated from Alliance High School in 1943. She was involved in music from an early age, and spent summers studying music and singing at Chautauqua Institution. She graduated from Mt. Union College in 1947 with a Bachelor of Music degree and again in 1948 with a B. A. in Public School Music. She earned an M. S. from Kent State University in 1969.

Betty taught music in the Alliance Public Schools for four years, at Old Trail School for six years, and then taught for ten years each at Glover and Rankin Elementary Schools in Akron. The PTA in each of those schools awarded her a life membership for her work with students.

Betty sang with the Akron Symphony Chorus for many years and loved being a long-time member of St. Cecilia Choral Society. She also thoroughly enjoyed being a part of Fortnightly Club of Akron, a group devoted to a love of reading and learning. Her special interest was Tuesday Musical Association, which she served in many capacities including President. She was a recipient of Tuesday Musical’s Lola Rothmann Volunteer Achievement Award . She loved being active and fit, walking many miles on local trails, and hiking in local and national parks as well. She also loved traveling, and visited Europe, Africa and South America.

Of all her loves, family was the strongest. Sunday night suppers at her home were a ritual for family for years.

She and her husband, Bob, were married in 1948. They have a daughter and two sons: Susan Doherty (Steven Mayer) of Minneapolis, David Sloan (Wendy) and Douglas Sloan (Deborah) of Akron. They also have four grandsons, Kevan, John, Brian, and Benjamin Sloan. Betty thought of her close friends as extended family, particularly her morning walking group, Cliffside friends and friends from St. Cecilia and Tuesday Musical.

A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, March 1st, 1PM at the CATAVOLOS FUNERAL HOME 3653 West Market Street, Fairlawn. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions may be made to Tuesday Musical Association, 15 Main Street, suite 301, Akron 44306.

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Lola Rothmann

March 2, 2014

We have lost a wonderful lady, musician and leader. I have enjoyed knowing Betty through Tuesday Musical and will miss her immensely. I send my deepest sympathy to her family.

Lola Rothmann

March 2, 2014

My sympathy to your entire family. I was out of town when she died, and was so saddened to miss the service. I had the pleasure of singing with Betty for over 40 years with the St.Cecilia Choral ladies that she loved so much. I shall remember her sparkling eyes when she smiled, her zest for life, and her courage as she battled her illness, but most of all, the friendship she extended to us all. She will be missed. Ruth Hunt Silver Lake

Dug Sims

March 2, 2014

I only knew Betty for a short while, but she was strong and had character I will miss her

Margo Snider

February 28, 2014

My sympathies to Betty's family. Betty and I were music teachers together in Akron Pulic Schools. She enjoyed teaching music so much and the students really enjoyed her! She also was a wonderful patron of the arts in Akron. Her support, friendliness, and beautiful smile will be missed.

Jamie Eagon

February 28, 2014

My sympathy to her family in your loss. I had the privilege of having Betty as my mentor teacher in1976 through KSU.
Her style of teaching and love for music education was an inspiration for me throughout my 30 year career of classroom teaching.


February 28, 2014

Loving thoughts to all of Betty's family during this difficult time. I will always cherish the friendship we shared. Betty was such a caring and compassionate, yet no nonsense, woman that I admired greatly. She will be sorely missed. It is with deep regret that I will be unable to attend the services, but know that you are all in my heart. Joyce Matin, Placerville, Ca.

Betty Fiocca

February 27, 2014

Please accept my very deepest sympathy to all of you in the loss of your mother. Your mom,dad,my late husband, John, and I go way back to the days of Mount Union College where we were all students . We all loved music.
Betty and I taught together at Rankin School. We both loved opera and I would see her at the Regal theater for the New York Met's live productions. She was a very talented Soprano and contributed much to the music in Akron.

Very Sincerely,
Betty Fiocca