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SLOAN, Andrea

Andrea Sloan completed a life abundantly well-lived on January 1, 2014. This beloved woman was known to her multitude of family, friends, admirers and supporters as a spitfire of generous, loving exuberance.

Though her years in this world were fewer than we hoped, let it be known the reason: Most all mundane hours and periods of sour spirit or wasteful failure of character were intentionally carved out of Andrea's life, resulting in such a concentration of zestful eagerness, sincerity, character, strength, passion, kindness and luminosity that only the most courageous and determined soul could possibly have owned it. And she did.

Andrea was born January 23, 1968 and grew up on the trail of her parents' teaching careers, which took the family to some of America's most beautiful places including Durango, Colorado; Park City, Utah; California; and Wyoming.

She competed on the swim and soccer teams in grade school; at Robert E. Lee High School in Tyler, she was a member of the National Honor Society, participated in the gifted program in all academic areas, competed with the debate team and was chosen for both Girls State and Presidential Classroom. She earned a B.A. in Government from the University of Texas at Austin, where she also earned her law degree in 1997.

Andrea started her career around the Capitol as a page and quickly advanced to serve as a Legislative Aide for Rep. James Hury and Rep. Jim McReynolds, then as a junior lobbyist for Louis Bacarisse & Associates. She worked for eight years at Haynes & Boone law firm, where she practiced construction litigation while also serving meaningful causes including the Texas Freedom Network, the Texas Hill Country Ride for AIDS and United Way of Central Texas. She served on and chaired the City of Austin's HIV Planning Council.

In 2005, she was named Executive Director and General Counsel for the Texas Advocacy Project, where she oversaw a staff of attorneys providing free legal services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

She spoke of her passion in life as 'serving up a bowl of justice' because she was driven to use her law degree to help inject an increased level of fairness into all aspects of our world. Andrea was a zealous and effective advocate for her clients but always in the context of being a thoughtful, ethical officer of the court.

Andrea was a 'foodie.' Topping her list was the white queso at Zocalo. She loved the mac & cheese and brussel sprouts at Perla's, the migas at South Congress Café, the fresh pastas at Becco's in New York's Hell's Kitchen, her mother's ravioli at home, the salsa bar and cheese enchiladas at Polvos, the Mezza platter at Phara's, Italian cream cake, Kalamata olives and, of course, thin and crispy crust pizza!

A committed vegetarian, she had a huge heart for all animals. She treasured the many German Shepherd and Belgian Malinois dogs she had adopted over time, and in recent years she spent many hours with her beloved Quarter Horse, Heathen.

Andrea loved having fun. She put on vampire teeth to pass out Halloween candy. She held Christmas cookie parties that became sleepovers because no one wanted to leave. She loved trips to Bandera, and her friends dubbed her 'Bandrea' because of her love of the town and its cowboy culture.

Music fueled her Rock Star life. If there was a concert within 300 miles, it was fair game for a road trip. She was a dedicated Bon Jovi fan and loved 'hair bands' from the '80s as well as The Bellamy Brothers and Luke Bryan.

Andrea learned that she had ovarian cancer in 2006, but she did not let that change the way she lived her life outside of treatments. Her love for adventure only grew as she traveled more often and to farther-flung places. This petite blonde loved to ride her Harley Davidson, but she traded it for the serenity and adventure offered by time spent with her faithful steed, Heathen.

She loved adventure and was at home in nature. She cycled across Alaska for an AIDS fundraiser, hiked the Narrows at Zion National Park and whitewater rafted in the Grand Canyon. She had entertained the idea of someday becoming a National Park Ranger, and the National Park Service awarded Andrea an honorary membership last year.

Andrea was a faithful blogger who loved words. She was a careful speaker and a great listener. She admired strength of character in people who do the right thing even when it's hard. She always made time for the people she loved.

She loved her family: her parents and sister; her niece, nephews and brother-in-law; her cousins; and her 'framily' of friends. She was passionate about being Aunt Andi. She cared deeply for the children and often engaged her friends in planning new ways to spoil them.

She was a strong believer in God, a Christian who greatly respected the right of others to practice their beliefs in their own personal way. Her faith gave her great strength and courage to fight cancer and to accept her destiny with grace and gratitude.

She loved and appreciated her life, blogging that she would not choose to rewrite any part of her story. While she did not choose her battle with cancer, she certainly chose the means by which she would face it with faith, humor and the will to summon new courage every day.

In this, and in her advocacy on behalf of all cancer patients, she inspired people across Texas, the nation and the world who logged in daily to read her quips of wisdom, progress reports and enlist themselves in 'Andi's Army' to advocate alongside her for Compassionate Use Reform.

Andrea was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, Fay Livers of Longview, Texas; paternal grandmother Grace Daluiso Santolucito of San Bernardino, Calif.; paternal grandfather Gordon Sloan of San Bernardino, Calif.; aunt Rebecca Livers Oliver of Longview, Texas; and aunt Marilyn Donovan of Salt Lake City, Utah.

She is survived by the most phenomenal parents on the planet, John Harmon Sloan and Karen Livers Sloan of Tyler, Texas; sister Ashley Sloan Harrison, brother-in-law Andrew Harrison, niece Anne-Marie, and nephews Pike and Price, all of Round Rock, Texas; maternal grandmother Elsie Albin Livers of Longview, Texas; aunt Jan Sloan of Salt Lake City, Utah; uncles Gordon Sloan of West Jordan, Utah; Michael Sloan of Dayton, Ohio, and Donald Oliver of Longview, Texas; and many first and second cousins. She is survived by her BFFs Michelle Wittenburg of Austin, Mary Smith of Tyler, Blair Hodgkins of Austin, and by countless more friends everywhere.

The family extends its most sincere gratitude to Andrea's beloved and committed oncologist and lifesaver, Dr. Charles Levenback at MD Anderson, and to her extraordinary medical team: Drs. Robert Coleman, John Meroney, Yago Nieto, Anuja Jhingran, Carol Lewis and nurse Celine Chacko.

A celebration of her life will be held Friday, Jan. 31 at 4:30 p.m. at Camp Lucy, 3509 Creek Road, in Dripping Springs.

Andrea asked for any gifts in her name to benefit one or more of the following: MD Anderson's Ovarian Moon Shots Program (, be sure to select "in memory of" Andrea Sloan or mail to MD Anderson Center, Andrea Sloan Memorial Fund, PO Box 4486, Houston, TX 77210-4486; the KK125 Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation ( or PO Box 12581, Austin, TX 78711); or the Texas Advocacy Project ( or 1524 S. IH 35, Box 19, Austin, TX 78704).

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Published in Austin American-Statesman from Jan. 25 to Jan. 26, 2014.
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January 30, 2014
Thank you for being there when I most needed Company and a kind word. I will miss seeing your beautiful face and hearing your positive, encouraging thoughts. I admire your exuberant charge of living life to the fullest and know this is not the end. You are in a new phase and, I'm sure, are enjoying it just as much as you enjoyed life on earth. I wish I had been able to tell you how much you mean to me, and how I cherished you. Love always for you. We will meet again. :-)
Lauren Hodgkins
January 28, 2014
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Sharon McCary
January 28, 2014
I have known the Sloans for years through Karen's parents in Longview. What gracious daughters you raised, Karen and John! I loved reading Andi's posts on Facebook that she wrote early each morning! What a positive way to start a day--even those days that were hard! My love and prayers for the Sloans and Harrisons! May God grant His grace to face each day.
Mary Jackson
January 27, 2014
Andrea touched so many lives, mine as well. It's difficult to believe you've gone before us, but you will not be forgotten. We will continue to fight the battle you started. RIP my friend
Brenda Watson
January 27, 2014
Heaven added a lot of goodness when Andrea got there
Danny Jensen
January 27, 2014
George Herrmann
January 27, 2014
Andi - you made my life brighter, and certainly all those you touched... you are loved, you are missed, and we honor you.
Gary Lane
January 26, 2014
I never personally met Andrea but she touched my life with her fight for cancer and compassionate care for all. She was truly a beautiful, courageous person and she is missed by so many.
Deborah Taylor
January 26, 2014
We met through mutual friends as our paths crossed at M.D. Anderson during our journeys. It was such a pleasure meeting Andrea. I eagerly looked forward to her words of wisdom and encouragement. Let us continue this fight for and with Andrea, because we all know she hasn't stopped :-) My thoughts and prayers continue to go out to her family and friends.
Jacquelyn Timmons
January 26, 2014
Andrea was such an inspiration to all.She will be missed but never forgotten, happy trails Andi.
Wendy Hodge
January 26, 2014
Blessed to know her as a child. Her Aunt Becky was my best friend and we would babysit her and Ashley and pretend they were our daughters. I loved those 2 little girls.Her parents karen and john were special to me and i adored them. Andi's grandmother , Elsie has been my mothers best friend for 60 years. She was my sunday school teacher and I always think of her as my 2nd mother. Andi was a beautiful angel with wings that enabled her to soar above everything.She is sheltered safe in the arms of God
Linda LeTourneau Vann
January 26, 2014
So Blessed that we met so many years ago! You are missed my friend.
January 26, 2014
You will always live in our hearts. Thanks for being such an inspiration to me and so many others during you way too short Rock Star life.
krisitn peterson
January 26, 2014
Beautifully written. Not many of us can say we changed the course of a persons life but that is exactly what she did for my kids with her compassion and brilliant skills in the courtroom. Saying thanks does not seem enough. A life taken way too soon, may she be a guardian angel to us all!
Kay George
January 26, 2014
A great loss indeed. So sad. You left us too soon. Rest in peace Andrea.
January 26, 2014
Rest In Peace Dear Andrea
I only got to know Andrea virtually through Andi's Army. She impacted my life and changed my way of thinking. She inspired me to be more positive, more gentle. She inspired me to "embrace" each and every sunrise and sunset and to set my goals higher. To never dwell on the negative. Her words will no doubt resonate for a long time to come. I know Andi's Army is far from over. Their is still much to be done. Andrea is now soaring with the Angels - lifting herself higher then ever before and leaving behind a legacy of powerful inspiring words from a divine, elegant, angelic lady that God graced this earth with 45 years ago. To me, Andrea is "Grace Personified" with Wings of Gold and Words that are ever lasting. May we each take moments from each day given and go out and do something meaningful for another. I pray that all those who lives were touched and graced by Andrea, will carry on her wonderful legacy.

" Fight Not Finished.

Matthew 5:4
Blessed are those that mourn,
for they shall be comforted.
Janet Grzegorek ( Gregory )
January 26, 2014
God hold you close Andrea. To your family I hope they will find peace in their hearts and healing memories.
Leona Ober
January 26, 2014
What an inspiration to all! She touched lives near and far... More than can ever be quantified. Deepest sympathies to her family. And deepest gratitude for raising such a wonderful person who became a part of so many lives.
Karen D'Amico
January 26, 2014
Andi touched so many lives in such a loving and positive way - her passion for others has inspired many and will never be forgotten.
Janey Busby
January 26, 2014
You were, and continue to be, an inspiration to so many. I am humbled by your grace.
The world was a brighter place with you in it. My heart breaks for your family and friends who are, and will remain, in my thoughts and prayers.
Ellen Stephens-Kahl
January 26, 2014
Andrea was the epitome of positive and her spirit lives on in all who graced her path. We are all blessed to have known this beautiful soul.
Cynthia Hoff
January 26, 2014
Jessica Phillips
January 26, 2014
Your words of encouragement and bravery will be forever remembered by me !!!Fly high sweet angel !!!
Dorothy Smith
January 26, 2014
I wish I had known you, Andi, when your parents lived across the street from us in Tyler. How we loved your family then, love you and your family still today. When you received your law degree, Horton and you Dad had such a good time getting the Scales of Justice to you for a gift! Horton was so proud that John wanted that for you, and so proud that you would have a part of "us" too as you began your legal profession.
Your mother was a loving friend when I suffered cancer, and YOU became a Light for me when Horton was killed. Your words of LIFE echoed in my mind when my heart was closed in grief. I have a feeling that Horton was one of those welcoming you to your next adventure, and no doubt you were gracious as he shared more jokes with you and singing you into that great new living adventure.
I miss you Andi, but MORE I will forever hold your Words, your Light, and your GUSTO in my heart as I try to live the Joy that you gave the world.
Sandy Bunch
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