Mary Elaine Sexton

Mary Elaine Sexton, 92, of Sumner, died Monday, October 22, 2012, at the Hillcrest Home in Sumner.

A Memorial Mass will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, November 16, 2012, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Sumner with Rev. Jim Brokman officiating. Committal will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Sumner. Memorials may be made in her name to Community Memorial Hospital or Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, both in Sumner. Becker-Milnes Funeral Home in Sumner is assisting Mary Elaine’s family  

Mary Elaine, daughter of Dr. J.A. and Lillian (Murray) Devine, was born April 5, 1920, in Bancroft, Iowa. She was baptized at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Bancroft and confirmed there in 1926. She attended St. John’s Catholic School, graduating in 1936. She attended St. Theresa College in Winona, Minnesota and graduated from Iowa State University in Ames in 1941. On August 24, 1942, she was united in marriage to Dr. Joseph W. Sexton at St. John’s in Bancroft. Mary Elaine  worked as a dietician at Iowa State University and Community Memorial Hospital in Sumner. She was a member of the Faculty Women’s Club at I.S.U., the Women’s Club of Sumner, and the Auxiliary of I.C. Catholic Church in Sumner.

Mary Elaine is survived by nine children, Mike (Jana) Sexton of Littleton, Colorado; Tom (Bea) Sexton of St. Paul, Minnesota; Dan (Maureen) Sexton of Durham, North Carolina; Peg(Ed) Tateosian of Pinehurst, North Carolina; Tim (Deb) Sexton of Sumner; Mary(Rod) Wells of Sumner; Theresa (Jeff) Thompson of Cedar Falls; Matthew (Gail) Sexton of Tripoli; and Patrick (Stephanie) Sexton of Sumner; twenty-one grandchildren; thirty-seven great grandchildren; two brothers, Arthur Devine of Waterloo and John Devine of Naples, Florida; and one sister, Margaret Goodenow of Columbus, Ohio.

Mary Elaine was preceded in death by her husband in 2005; one son, Mark in 1956; and three brothers, Emmett, Kenneth, and Thomas.


Thomas Devine on November 18, 2012 at 5:09 PM said:

From Uncle Joe we learned great enthusiam for life. From Aunt Mary Elaine we learned the openness heart to accept so many freinds and relatives into her home. No week was more anticipated than the one spent each year with the Sextons each summer. Those summers and she will never be forgotten.
Bill Devine on November 18, 2012 at 5:36 AM said:

I have such fond lifelong memories of Mary Elaine and Joe. I am sorry I could not make the memorial but send my condolences and love to all of you.
Therese Heyer on November 12, 2012 at 8:20 AM said:

Mary Elaine and Joe kept their house open for all of their kids' friends. I know the farm was a second home for me and I suspect it was for a lot of others in Sumner. Your parents were wonderful and gracious people. My heart is with you even though I can't be be.
Ann Devine-King on November 9, 2012 at 2:59 AM said:

She was a grand lady who raised a grand family with her husband Joe. Her love and smile can still be felt. I send my deepest condolences. Ann Devine-King
Diane & Joe Zabel on November 2, 2012 at 6:00 PM said:

Our thoughts and prayers to the entire family. May God comfort in this time of sorrow.

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