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Dorothy Dene Sexson - September 27, 2012


Dorothy Dene Sexson was born on Oct. 10, 1919 at Pittsburg, Kan. She was the only daughter born to Adolphus and Flossie Marie Dunsmore Decker.
She attended school in Pittsburg where she graduated from high school. Dorothy attended Pittsburg State University and received her bachelors degree in math and music where she was a coloratura soprano. She taught school for two years at Minden Mines, Kan.
Dorothy met Captain Donald Winn Sexson while he was training as a reconnaissance pilot at an air base in Pittsburg during World War II. Don and Dorothy were married on June 30, 1943 in Pittsburg.
After Don’s discharge from the Air Force, they moved to Clay Center, Kan. where they owned and operated a cafe. They eventually returned to Grant, Neb. where Don served as president of the Farmers National Bank and Dorothy trained many young pianists and vocalists in her home. She was also an avid card player and golfer, and will be remembered for her cooking and entertaining skills.
After Don’s death in 1988, Dorothy continued to live in Grant until 2005 when she moved to Lincoln, Neb. to be closer to her family. Dorothy had been living at the Independence House, an assisted living facility in Lincoln, where she died on Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012. She had reached the age of 92.
Dorothy was a long-time member of the Grant United Methodist Church where she directed the choir for many years. She was also a past member of the Eastern Star where she had served as the Worthy Matron. She always enjoyed watching her grandchildren and their family’s activities.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents and husband.
She is survived by her daughter, Susan Marie and husband Robert Cook of Lincoln; one grandson, Donald Robert and his wife Alison Cook, their children Amanda Marie, Eliana Lee, and Andrew Thomas Cook, all of Bellevue, Neb.; one granddaughter, Stephanie Marie and husband Mark Nelson, their daughter, Camryn Dene Nelson, all of Lincoln; other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held on Monday, Oct. 1, at the Grant United Methodist Church with Pastor Nora Mendyk officiating.
Burial was in the Grant Fairview Cemetery.
A memorial to the church has been established.
Bullock-Long Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.