Yvonne Sexton

Monday, August 31, 2015 5:21 pm

Yvonne Sexton, 96, of rural Ridgeway, died Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015, at the New Hampton Nursing and Rehab Center in New Hampton. Mass of Christian Burial was at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, St. Bridget’s Catholic Church in Bluffton,  with Rev. Mark Osterhaus officiating. Organist was Jeanette Dietzenbach. Cantor was Cindy Schissel. Hymns were “On Eagles Wings,” “Ave Maria,” “Be Thou My Vision,” “O Loving God”  “Going Home” and “When Irish Eyes are Smiling.” Lectors were Elizabeth Laures and Alison Sexton. Offertory gift bearers were Madison Sexton, Thomas Sexton and Megan Bush. Eucharistic ministers were Sharon Christopher, Mae Davis and Glenda Laures. Casket bearers were Alan Bush, Matthew Bush, Micah Ketcham, Steve Laures, Mike Donlan and Shane Courtney. Interment was at St. Bridget’s Catholic Cemetery in Bluffton. Arrangements were handled by Schluter – Balik Funeral Home, Decorah.

Yvonne Marie (McMorrow) Sexton was born April 25, 1919, the daughter of William and Bridget (Rea) McMorrow, in rural Waukon. She attended country schools in rural Allamakee County and graduated from Waukon High School in 1937. Yvonne married Francis Sexton Oct. 27, 1947, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, West Ridge, in rural Waukon. To this union seven children were born. Yvonne was a member of St. Bridget’s Catholic Church in rural Bluffton. She enjoyed baking, gardening, raising chickens and especially spending time with her family.  

Yvonne is survived by her children: John (Mary) Sexton, Cedar Rapids; Susann (Steve) Laures, New Hampton; Patrick (Janet Weikert) Sexton, Independence; Mary Beth (Alan) Bush, Spencer,; Joan (Jim) Ketcham, Tumwater, Wash.; David (Debra) Sexton, Ridgeway; and 11 grandchildren, three step-grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, five step-great-grandchildren, two step great-great-grandchildren, two nephews and one niece.  

Yvonne was preceded in death by her husband, Francis in 1990; son, Thomas Sexton, in 1969; granddaughter, Emily Sexton; step-great-grandson: Matthew Caldwell; sisters: Eleanor (Leo) O’Neill and Frances McMorrow; brothers, John McMorrow and James (Jean) McMorrow; brothers- and sisters in law:  Eileen (Edward) Wilkins, Rosemyra (O.W.) Fletcher and William J. Sexton.

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