In Loving Memory
Clara May Sexton, 93, of Liberal, KS, died Monday morning, October 11, 2010, at her home. She was born August 24, 1917 to Mary Myrtle Bell Bryant and John Shelby Bryant near King City, MO, the 5th of six children.
She married Earl Free Sexton on Sept. 28, 1935. They had two children, Donald Ray Sexton and Barbara Ann (Sexton) Free.
In addition to her parents and all her siblings, she was preceded in death her husband, Earl Sexton, and her beloved aunt, Pearl B. Schonkreft.
Survivors include: son, Donald Sexton his god son Michael Wilson, and son Bruce Hart and Bruce’s son Christopher Hart; daughter Barbara Free and her spouse, Jay Johnson, Jr., her children Kenneth Thomas and wife Karen Thomas, David Drake and wife Nicole Weiss, John Drake and wife Susan Hermosillo, Jay’s children Stefanie Johnston and husband Jacob Johnston and Jay Bradley Johnson and wife Brandy Harvey Johnson; great-grandchildren Katja Drake-Weiss, Miriam Drake-Weiss, Samuel Drake-Weiss, Vanessa Drake Hermosille, Andr`es Drake-Hermosillo, Kathryn and Aaron Johnston, and many nieces and nephews.
Clara May grew up in Missouri, moved to Ottawa, KS., in 1943 and to Liberal in 1958. She graduated from Union Star (MO) High School in 1935. In 1956-58, she attended the University of Kansas to take courses in Old Testament and Hebrew History. In the 1980s and 90s, she attended Seward County Community College to take courses in art and became an accomplished amateur painter, winning several prizes, and helped start Baker Arts Center.
In Ottawa, she helped Earl Sexton run Ottawa flying Service at Conard Field Airport and ran a small caf`e there, noted for her pies. She was active in the First Christian Church there as well as other organizations. When they moved to Liberal, she began teaching the Menninger Bible Classes which she did for many years, becoming an avid Biblical scholar. She was active in the First Christian Church in Liberal, Liberal Woman’s Club, the D.A.R., and served on the boards of the local library, public radio, and other organizations. She loved history, travel and genealogy.
o Services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, October 5, 2010, at First Christian Church in Liberal, with Pastor Terry Ford. Interment at Liberal Cemetery. Visitation is 9 A.M.-8 P.M. Thursday with the family receiving friends 6:30-8 P.M. at Miller Mortuary, Liberal.
Memorial contributions will be to First Christian Church, 920 N. Jordan, Liberal, KS 67901, Liberal Area Rape Crisis & Domestic Violence Services, 909 N. Clay, Liberal, Baker Arts Center, Liberal, or Foundation Fighting Blindness, 7168 Columbia Gateway Drive, Suite 100, Columbia, MD 21046, in care of the mortuary.