In 1980, Mrs. Sloane became part-time personal bookkeeper for Rosa Ponselle, the great Metropolitan Opera soprano who lived at Villa Pace in the Greenspring Valley, and continued working for the diva until her death in 1981.
Mrs. Sloane enjoyed cooking and entertaining family and friends. She was also known for making and selling her candied pecans, and often received large orders during holiday seasons, which she took to social gatherings.
She preferred pecans from the Atwell Pecan Co. in Wrens, Georgia, that she used for her business, My Mom’s Nuts, whose name was coined by a daughter, Sarah Donovan of Patterson Park.
“It was all a labor of love,” her husband said.
When her two daughters were in high school and college, Mrs. Sloane looked forward to attending their sporting events.
Mrs. Sloane, who was a fan of and had an encyclopedic knowledge of classic Hollywood films, enjoyed watching movies at the Senator Theater in Belvedere Square, her husband said.
“Two of her favorites were ‘Gone with the Wind’ and ‘It’s a Wonderful Life,’ ” her husband said.