Dorothy Sexton


Dorothy (Whitmer) Sexton, 89 passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family at her residence in Franklin on July 12, 2021.

She was born on May 13, 1932 in Chicago, Illinois to Albert and Neva (Bath) Whitmer. She married Charles Robert “Bob” Sexton on August 29, 1953. He preceded her in passing on September 14, 2015. She is survived by their children, Bob (Kathy) Sexton of Mulberry, Florida; Susan (Buzz) Bay of Franklin and Paul (Kathy) Sexton of Lakeland, Florida. Other survivors include grandchildren, Kristen Sexton, Kevin Sexton, Matt Sexton, Ryan Bay, Abby Sexton Parolini, David Sexton, Cassie Vandagrifft and Wayne Knapp and eight great grandchildren. She was preceded in passing by her parents, husband, Bob and sister, Jane Whitmer.

She was a graduate of Morgan Park High School in Chicago and a graduate of Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois. Dorothy received her Master’s degree in Education from Indiana Central College (now, University of Indianapolis).

Dorothy was a kindergarten teacher in Whiteland and later taught 2nd and 3rd grade at Hopewell Elementary in Franklin, retiring in 1993 after many years of dedicated teaching. After retirement, she tutored many students.

She was a member of First Presbyterian Church and attended Christian Chapel Church in Morgantown. Dorothy and Bob enjoyed many years putting on a Fireworks Show for family, friends and neighbors. Dorothy so enjoyed this and was able to have family over this past July 4th for a sing along of patriotic songs. She enjoyed boating and traveling and so enjoyed the Sunday night dinners with family. Dorothy loved watching the birds every day in her yard.

Jay Shelton will conduct a celebration of Dorothy’s life on Friday, July 16th at 10:00 a.m. at Flinn and Maguire Funeral Home, 2898 North Morton Street, (U.S. 31 North) in Franklin. Friends may visit on Thursday, July 15th from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be at Greenlawn Cemetery in Franklin, Indiana.

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