Dayle Sloan

Rhody Family Funeral Home

Teresa "Dayle" Marybelle was the youngest of five children in the Ruthven family. She was born on October 4, 1960 to her parents Wallace and Margureta (Dailey), as well as her older siblings Wilma, David, Robert and Margot. The Ruthven family lived and farmed in Elderslie and although they moved around a bit, always remained within a few miles of Gillies Hill. Dayle attended Elderslie Central before graduating from Chesley District High School in 1978. Following high school Dayle moved to Barrie to enroll in Georgian College's dental assistant program. After completion she worked in the city for a bit before furthering her education to become a dental hygienist.

Upon returning home, Dayle looked to enter the work force, however given the times and the rural area, not all dentists were looking for hygienists. In time she began working a few days a week at a number of dental offices that included Dr. Stephen Brown (Chesley), Dr. Cathy Mowbray (Lucknow) and Dr. Bruce Neable (Hanover). It was also during this time that Dayle began a relationship with Thomas Earl Sloan. The truth is the two knew each other for years, as the Sloan and Ruthven families were neighbours and close friends. Over the years, Tom and Dayle’s relationship grew and they were eventually married on May 25, 1984 by Rev. Walter King at the St. John's United Church manse in Chesley.

After their marriage, the couple purchased the farm from Tom's mother and took up residence there. Dayle absolutely loved the farm and the animals, big or small. In addition to dogs and cats, the Sloans cared for and raised a variety of animals over the years, which included dairy cows, pigs, bunnies, Clydesdale, beef cattle, llamas, alpacas and sheep. She was very much hands on as she often did chores before going to work at the dental office and then returned to the barn when she got home in the evening. She cared for every single animal and on many, many, occasions was responsible for the difficult task of nursing them back to health. Countless newborn lambs called the Sloan house home as Dayle nursed them until they were big and strong enough to return to the barn.

In 1994, Dayle and Tom welcomed their first son Jake, with younger brother Sam joining the family in 1997. Dayle loved her sons dearly and in time decided that she would home school the boys. This was no easy task as she was still working at the dental offices and helping Tom on the farm. However, she felt it was extremely important to instil in the boys her Christian beliefs, a practical education and that there was no better place to do this than at home on the farm.

When not outside helping, Dayle also enjoyed prepping food and her time in the kitchen. She was a fabulous cook, with baking being her specialty. Dayle's tea biscuits were a favourite of the boys and she often shared her talents with her family and friends. She also enjoyed spending time outdoors, especially the Fall colours. Although not one to venture far, she and Tom took in Nashville on a couple of occasions. In her younger years, she taught Sunday School and was also active with the local dental hygiene association. In her spare time she enjoyed listening to music, particularly Celtic and old Country, always tuning into FM 93's Sunday Night Oldies programming. She was particularly fond of the colour blue, especially when it came to vehicles and often enjoyed taking time to relax and read scripture. She also became active with the annual Terry Fox run after her mother died of cancer. Beginning in 2004, she attended the yearly run in Tobermory and continued this tradition until her death. Dayle was a strong, caring woman who enjoyed her privacy. When in the public she got along with everyone however, like all of us, could be a little strong-willed on occasion.

In 2008, Dr. Mowbray retired and Dayle decided to reduce her workload after 25 years. She remained active as a dental hygienist until November of 2014 when she was diagnosed with cancer. At this point she was given 14 days to live. Dayle was a fighter though, and this news was not going to dampen her spirits or her will to live. She soon retired from dental hygiene work and was able to enjoy her life-long goal of being a full-time farmer. She exceeded most physician’s expectations and soon began treatments. During this time her strong faith and the love and support of her family and friends helped her through the difficult days. She was also able to help Jake and Sam build their shearing business by supporting them at home as an office manager, always thinking about the others in her life rather than herself. Her fight and determination gave her an additional five years on this beautiful planet, where she treasured the little things and her additional time with Tom, Jake and Sam. Sadly, in recent months her health continued to decline and she died, surrounded by her boys, on Friday, May 17, 2019 at the age of 58. Teresa “Dayle” Marybelle (Ruthven) Sloan of R.R. #2 Chesley, passed away surrounded by her loving family, at Hanover & District Hospital on Friday, May 17, 2019 in her 59th year.

Loving wife of Tom. Cherished mother of Jake and Sam. Dayle will be dearly missed by her siblings Wilma (Mitch) Powell of London, David Ruthven of Paisley, Robert Ruthven of Elderslie Township and Margot (John) Whyte of Chesley as well as the entire Sloan family. She was predeceased by her sisters-in-law Debbie and Bonnie Ruthven and her parents Wallace and Margureta (Dailey) Ruthven.

Visitation will be held at Rhody Family Funeral Home, Chesley on Wednesday from 5 – 9 p.m. where a funeral service honouring Dayle’s life will be held on Thursday, May 23, 2019 at 2 p.m. Interment in Chesley Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to The Terry Fox Foundation would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

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Dawn E Harpur
May 30, 2019
On behalf of the Harpur family, we send our heartfelt sympathy to the Sloan family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Nancy WIlliams Carroll
May 29, 2019
On behalf of our family, Lee and Blake Williams, Brenda and Ken Reeve and family and Nancy and Paul Carroll and family we send our heart felt condolences to the family. We were so sad to hear of Dayle's passing. May God bless her path back to heaven and may the family be comforted in this difficult time.
Laureen Dailey
May 25, 2019
I was very sad to hear of Dayle's passing. My heartfelt condolences to the Sloan and Ruthven families.I will always remember Dayle for her lovely smile, kind heart and gentle soul.
Barb & Harold Zettler
May 23, 2019
Tom, Jake & Sam - Our condolences to you. Cherish the memories of this special person.
Grant & Mary (Oswald) Swartz
May 23, 2019
Tom, Jake, and Sam - Please except our deepest sympathy.
Leanne Correia (nee Winch)
May 22, 2019
On behalf of the Winch Family (Donald, Kathy, Eric and Leanne) I extend our deepest sympathy at the loss of Dayle. We remember her as a smiling and kind person. Always so lovely. Our prayers will be with you all at this difficult time.
Bob and Susan Byers
May 22, 2019
Our heartfelt condolences. Prayers for comfort and strength in the difficult days ahead,
Cindy Dennison
May 22, 2019
Tom, Jake,Sam and the Ruthven clan; So sorry.....sending our condolences. Cindy, Jenny Axman, Amanda Axman/Wall,Bill & Adele Dennison, the Forsters & the Epps
Cindy Dennison
May 22, 2019
Tom, Jake,Sam and the Ruthven clan; So sorry.....sending our condolences. Cindy, Jenny Axman, Amanda Axman/Wall,Bill & Adele Dennison, the Forsters & the Epps
Herb Klaehn
May 22, 2019
Tom, Jake, Sam, my heart breaks for you. I still remember being in the back field with all of you when Dayle pulled in with pizza. Light shone through her smile. Dayle was warm and loving and always welcoming. This is an enormous loss for all of you. God be with you.....
Kathy MacDonald
May 22, 2019
My deepest sympathy to you Dave and your family during this difficult time.
Amanda and Stephen Caldwell
May 22, 2019
So sorry to hear of Dayle's passing. She was a great woman and our sympathy to you at this difficult time.
Bryan Legge
May 22, 2019
My deepest sympathy Tom, Jake & Sam, Ruthvan, and Sloan families. Sorry to hear about your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with yours all.
Dan and Sherry Richards
May 22, 2019
We are so sorry to hear about Dayle. Thinking of you and the boys Tom. Dayle was always so kind and happy.
Jane Lembke
May 22, 2019
Tom, Jake and Sam:
Sorry to hear of Dayle's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. Our friendship will live on forever.
Arlene Erven
May 22, 2019
Tom, Jake and Sam. With my sincere sympathy in the loss of your wife and mother. Dayle was a wonderful person and she will be dearly missed by your family. Keeping you in my prayers. Dayle will live on in your hearts and memories.
Yvonne Lembke
May 21, 2019
So sorry to hear the sad news of Dayle’s passing. She was a special one and will be missed immensely. My thoughts go out to you and the boys.
Dave and Brenda Dailey
May 21, 2019
We are so sorry to hear of Dayle’s pasing. You are in our thoughts and prayers
Lola Emberson
May 21, 2019
So sorry to hear about Dayle and your loss. May your wonderful memories bring you peace and comfort in the difficult days ahead. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
Doug and Chris Fischer
May 21, 2019
So sorry to hear of Dayles' passing. Sending our sincere condolences and thinking of you and your family at this difficult time.
Doug and Brenda Calhoun
May 21, 2019
We are so sorry to hear of Dayle’s passing. She was a beautiful woman inside and out. She will be missed by everyone.
Jean Brow
May 21, 2019
Sorry to hear of Dayle,s passing. My sincere sympathy to the family.
Margaret and Jim elder
May 21, 2019
Our deepest sympathy to you Dave and your family.Dw
Steve and Wendy Mannerow
May 21, 2019
Our deepest sympathy, Tom, Jake and Sam, our thoughts and prayers are with you, Dayle was the sweetest lady
Melissa Barfoot
May 21, 2019
Tom & Family

As the days pass, I hope you find comfort and support in the people that surround you while holding beautiful memories. Her beautiful smile will not be forgotten
Bill & Florence Zettler,Portage la Prairie MB
May 21, 2019
Sorry to hear that your wife has passed away
Our sympathy to you Tom,the family & friends
Trent & Lynn Blake (Mannerow)
May 21, 2019
We are so terribly sorry to hear of Dayle's passing. She will be missed, especially her beautiful smile.
Angela Clark
May 21, 2019
So saddened to hear of Dayle’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. With our deepest sympathy, Angela and family
Murray Clark
May 21, 2019
So sorry to hear of Dayle’s passing. My thoughts go out to you and your family Tom. My sincerest sympathy,
Murray Clark
The Waddells
May 21, 2019
Tom, Jake and Sam. Our deepest sympathies on the loss of Dayle.
Our thoughts are with you.
Stan and Rev. Lynda Janzen
May 21, 2019
Our deepest sympathies to Tom and boys, and the Ruthven families. Knowing Dayle to have been a great believer in Jesus Christ, we can have Christian confidence that she is at home with the LORD where there is no more pain or illness. Blessings to all.
Roger Galbraith & Angie Klages
May 21, 2019
Condolences Tom, Jake, and Sam. Our thoughts are with you in this difficult time.
Ron and Marlene Calhoun
May 21, 2019
Tom, Jake, and Sam.
Our deepest sympathy in the loss
of Dayle. She was a wonderful
wife and mother, and will be greatly
missed. Cherish the good memories!!
Eldon and Judy MacKinnon
May 20, 2019
Dear Tom, Jake and Sam
Our sincere sympathy in the passing of
Dayle. We will remember her for her lovely smile.
Kobus and Jeanette Lourens
May 20, 2019
Our sincere condolences.
Kevin Dailey
May 20, 2019
So sorry to hear of your loss. Please accept my condolences.
Jane Peterson
May 20, 2019
So sorry to hear of Dayle's loss. I was a roommate in the hospital with her and when I went for back surgery she handed me a prayer.Deepest Sympathy to the Family.
Nancy & John Ball
May 20, 2019
Tom, Jake and Sam:
So sad to hear that Dayle has passed away. Our thoughts are with you.
Be strong.
Maude & Nelson Jenings
May 20, 2019
Deepest sympathy to the Families
Richard & Edith Pepper
May 20, 2019
Tom, Jake & Sam, we are so sorry to hear of your loss. Daylight will be greatly missed!
June Ropp - DeVries
May 20, 2019
My heart felt condolences are being sent to the Ruthven and Sloan families during this difficult time.
I first met Dayle after our family moved to Chesley and my father became the minister at Chesley Baptist Church. We then attended Chesley High School.
My sympathy for all.

June Ropp-DeVries
Dale & Emma Woelfle & family
May 19, 2019
Tom & Jake & Sam
Sorry for you great loss. Our thoughts are with you.
Shannon Rhody
May 19, 2019
My deepest sympathies to you David and family during this difficult time. Sincerely, Shannon Rhody
Carol Golem
May 19, 2019
So sorry to hear of Dayle’s passing! Please accept my sincere sympathy!

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