Mary Louise Sloan

June 26, 1936 - February 8, 2024
Mary Louise Sloan

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Mary Louise Sloan, affectionately known as MiMi, gracefully bid farewell to this world on Thursday, February 8, 2024, in Wilmington, NC. Born on June 26, 1936, in the charming town of Rose Hill, NC, she lived an extraordinary life filled with love, laughter, and a touch of her own unique wit.

Mary Lou led a fulfilling career as the Office Manager with the NC Public School System before finally retiring, leaving behind a legacy of hard work and dedication. Her sharp mind and impeccable organizational skills made her an invaluable asset to the team, earning her the respect and admiration of colleagues throughout her career. She was a long time member of Faith Harbor United Methodist Church in Surf City. After moving to Wilmington she became a member of Grace Methodist Church.

Although her professional accomplishments were notable, it was her role as a mother, MiMi and her special “Sister” friends that truly brought her the most joy. Mary Lou sons, John P. Sloan Jr. and wife Lesley and Steven L. Sloan and wife Cheryl, were the light of her life. She cherished every moment spent with them, supporting and guiding them through life’s many endeavors.

Mary Lou leaves behind a loving family, including her grandchildren: Courtney, Michael, Hunter, Jonathan, and Andrew Sloan. Each one carries a piece of her spirit and will forever remember the love and wisdom she shared with them.

In addition to her immediate family, Mary is survived by her brother Bill Fussell and his wife Suzanne. Their bond was unbreakable, and their memories together will continue to bring comfort in the days to come. Mary’s nieces, Cheri Lynn Gray, and nephews Troy Whitlaw and Nate Whitlaw, will also cherish the moments they spent in her warm company.

Mary was preceded in death by her beloved husband, John P. Sloan Sr., who she joined in eternal peace. She was also preceded by her parents, Jesse Lenford Fussell and Margaret Yelvington Ward Fussell, as well as her dear sister Nancy Whitlaw and brother-in-law Nat Whitlaw.

While Mary’s life was certainly not without its challenges, she approached every twist and turn with courage and determination. She faced adversity head-on, always finding a way to prevail with her characteristic wit intact.

A graveside service will be held at Oakdale Cemetery on Saturday, February 17, 2024 at 1:00 PM to honor Mary’s memory, allowing loved ones the chance to gather and celebrate her remarkable life.

Mary Louise Sloan’s journey may have come to an end, but her spirit lives on in the hearts of those who knew and loved her. As we say our final goodbyes, we are reminded to embrace life with laughter, resilience, and a touch of MiMi’s undeniable wit.

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  • February 13, 2024
    Dale and Sandy Jones says:
    Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. God has gained another angel. She will truly be missed, always loved and never forgotten. Rest in peace MiMi. May God Bless

  • February 13, 2024
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  • February 13, 2024
    Darlene Tyndall says:
    Virginia Skillman and I visited Mary for years through Grace’s UM women team. We both loved our time together with her. She was always positive and uplifting. She was very interested in what was going on at our church. She loved her family and shared stories of them often. She will be greatly missed!

  • February 13, 2024
    Jim and Bev Holcomb says:
    We first met Mary in our Sunday School class at Grace UMC. I was able to visit her just last month as one of the Visitation team members at Cambridge. I always looked forward to visiting with her as she was so sharp, positive and delightful to talk to. I'll certainly miss her. She was a beautiful person inside and out.

  • February 12, 2024
    Bill and Emily Booth says:
    I knew Mary through our church, Grace United Methodist. She was one of the first persons we met 12 years ago. I had the opportunity to visit Mary in her home and was always uplifted by her positive spirit. I was blessed to have known her and will miss her.