Emma Sexton was born on February 26, 1923 to Friedrich and Emma (Winter) Mueller on the family farm 6 miles southwest of Menno, South Dakota. She was the 7th of 9 children. She was baptized in 1923 and confirmed in 1937 at Grace Lutheran Church in Menno. In 1941, she graduated from Menno High School and went on to attend Southern Normal College in Springfield, SD earning her teacher’s certificate. For 1 year, Emma taught at a rural one room school house.
On November 10, 1947, Emma was united in marriage to Melvin Lewis Sexton at Holy Family Catholic Church in Mitchell, SD. Together they made their home in Scotland, SD in 1950. She was an active member of Zion Lutheran Church, Scotland where she taught Sunday school, joined the quilting group, and was a member of the ladies’ circle.
During WWII, there was a shortage of nurses. Emma attended Sacred Heart Hospital School of Nursing in Yankton, ultimately earning her RN degree. In the early years of her career, she cared for iron lung patients and veterans at the hospital in St. Cloud, MN. She continued as a nurse working in hospitals and nursing homes until her retirement at age 70.
Emma passed away on Saturday, June 15, 2019 at Great River Care Center in McGregor, Iowa having attained the age of 96 years.
She is survived and remembered by her children: Craig (Mary Jo) Sexton of Monona, IA, Beverly Sexton of Harrisburg, SD, and Sheila (Dan) Green of Rice Lake, WI; grandchildren: Heidi (Brian) Sayler, Melissa Hisek, Nicole (Mark) Hodgen, Heather Eldridge, Joseph Sexton, Samuel Carpitcher, Joe Green, an Lana (Jeff) St. John; and great-grandchildren: Garrett, Madeline, Grace, Levi, Elijiah, Sofia, Georgia, Aden, Olivia, Mason, Spencer, Jayce, Aubriane, Lucius, and Samuel.
She was preceded in death by her husband, son Rodney Paul, and her siblings.
This obituary was written in loving memory by the family of Emma Sexton.
6/22/2019 Elaine Soukup Gilbert, AZ
I worked at the Scotland Good Samaritan Home part time when I was in high School. Mrs Sexton was a wonderful nurse to everyone. I remember her as a very caring lady.
What a long life & wonderful family she had with lots of love and many memories for you all.
6/21/2019 Nancy (Foss) Penk Hopkins, MN
Think of all the lives she touched with her teaching and nursing careers. Our condolences to her family.
6/20/2019 Jim and Jane Rokusek Watertown, SD
Bev and family, so sorry to hear about your dear mother. I remember her well when she worked at the nursing home and also as a neighbor to my Sternhagen cousins. God be with you as you go through grief at this time. So hard to lose your mom.
6/18/2019 Rhonda Lupton Sioux Falls, SD
so very sorry for your loss prayers
6/18/2019 Caryl Abbott ,
Dear Bev, I will always remember your mom as such a kind and gracious lady. You would have slumber parties and friends over and she never showed irritation - which would be so natural to feel. She lived a good life.
6/17/2019 Heather Eldridge Waterloo, IA
Grandma, you will he forever missed. We all love you. You gave everyone so much unconditional love all the time. You never complained. You just pitched a hand in wherever it was needed. You were one smart lady. I wish I had your patience. You spent a lot of time with your loved ones.
You taught us all to free draw, play marbels, Scrabble, board games, cards. You made a special bond with all who touched your life. Until we meet again. I know you are reconnecting with Grandpa Mel and your son, Rodney.