Carol V. (Sefton) Sefton (1921 - 2014)

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Carol V. Sefton, 93, of Brownstown, passed away at 3:36 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014, at Aperion Care in St. Elmo.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday at Liberty Christian Church in rural Brownstown, with Charles Ferguson, Nate Ferguson and Ethan Sefton officiating. Burial will be in Liberty Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Tuesday and one hour before services on Wednesday, both at the church. Gieseking-Claggett Funeral Home in Brownstown was in charge of arrangements. Memorials: International Disaster Emergency Services, Brownstown Community Unit School District No. 201 Foundation or donor's choice. Online condolences may be shared at
Mrs. Sefton was born on May 26, 1921, in Sefton Township, the daughter of Carl and Marjorie Darnell Sefton. She married C. Kenneth Sefton on Nov. 3, 1938; he preceded her in death.
She graduated from Brownstown High School as valedictorian of the class of 1945. Over the years, she served in various capacities, including, as a cook at Myers School and Williams Camp School, providing home care for the elderly, and working at Richardson Brothers, Harre's Apple Orchard and as a census taker. She retired in 1986 after 20 years as a cook at Brownstown Elementary School. She was a volunteer for literacy programs and hospice, and, along with her husband, provided musical entertainment for the residents of Friendship Manor. She was a member of Bethany Christian Church, where she played the piano, taught Sunday school and was a tireless volunteer until it closed, at which time she became a member of Liberty Christian Church.
She is survived by a son, Joe Sefton and his wife Debby of Effingham; daughters, Marjorie and her husband Frank Stringfield of Brownstown, Melissa and her husband Charles Ferguson of Cape Girardeau, Mo., and Martha and her husband Jon Davis of Maryland Heights, Mo.; brother, Lowell Sefton and his wife Lana of Brownstown; sister, Carleen Pickett of Pana; grandchildren, Leslie Gardipe, Nathan Ferguson, Jeremy Ferguson, Sarah Windham, Erik Sefton and Ethan Sefton; 21 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; brothers, John and Vernon; sisters, Ellen Rose Logsdon and Donna Warner; and a granddaughter, Christine Begley.
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Published in The Leader-Union from Dec. 1 to Dec. 10, 2014