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Valeda Winningham Sloan, 91, passed away on June 28, 2017, at the Life Care Center of Crossville.
Valeda (better known as Val) was born on May 11, 1926, in Fentress County, TN, to William Johnson Winningham and Mary Etta Robins. Val married her high school sweetheart, John Peery Sloan,Jr., on Aug. 11, 1945. She graduated from Tennessee Polytechnic Institute in 1950, with a major in home economics and education. After graduating college, Val and John moved to Houston, TX, where she worked as an administrative assistant for Dresser Industries and John worked as the quality control engineer manager for International Operations. In 1955, she became a devoted mother and raised four children who were all college graduates. Val and John were married for 69 years until he passed in 2014.
Val became an accomplished realist oil painter and ran her own art gallery in Houston known as "Val's Gallery." She was an experienced florist and won awards for her arrangements. She was an active member and served numerous leadership positions in Houston community groups including the Art Guild of Houston, the Patio Artists Club, the Memorial Women's Club, and the Sprig and Sprout Garden Club. She also taught Sunday school at Memorial Drive United Methodist Church in Houston. She and John retired in Crossville on Lake Tansi in 2000. She was active in the Honeybuns Red Hat Society, serving as president, and was an avid backyard wildlife enthusiast and landscape artist.
Val was a seasoned world traveler and enjoyed many hobbies including interior design, gardening, landscaping, playing bridge and sewing. She was an accomplished cook and a gracious hostess.
Val is survived by her four children, Myra, John, Mary and Amy; six grandchildren, Ryan, Eric, Allison, Christopher, Thomas and James; and six great-grand children, Toby, Evan, Jaelyn, Mylie, Amelie and Conner. The family will have a private memorial service.
Published on June 29, 2017
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