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Phylis Marie Barber Sexton


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Phylis Marie Barber Sexton Obituary
Phylis Marie Barber Sexton 1950 - 2018
STITTVILLE - Phylis Marie Barber Sexton, 68, died on Wednesday, September 5, 2018, at St. Luke's Hospital, surrounded by her beloved family, after a long, courageous fight against cancer.
Born in Rome, NY in April of 1950, Phylis was the daughter of the late Felice and Jean Barber. She was a member of Transfiguration Church and a proud graduate of the NY State GED Program for Adults, as well as volunteering for many community functions on behalf of her children and grandchildren. Phylis will be remembered and missed daily by her best friend, the most loving and most caring person she was ever fortunate enough to meet in her life, husband Daniel L. Sexton, Sr. It was his love, dedication and relentless fortitude that, coupled with her love for her family, motivated Phylis to fight and continually beat stage IV lung cancer for over three hard, long and meaningful years.
Her unwavering love of family, Phylis' greatest pleasure in life, came from being the consummate mother to her beloved two boys and she always touted her grandchildren as her greatest accomplishment in life and would beam with pride and joy when she spoke of them. There was little she wouldn't do for someone in need, but when it came to her family, especially her grandchildren, she was known as a force to be reckoned with.
Phylis will be graciously remembered with love by her sons, Dale Sexton and his wife, Christina, of Sarasota, FL and Daniel L. Sexton, Jr. and his wife, Lisa, of Stittville. Phylis will be remembered and immortalized by her five grandchildren, Dylan, Alexis and Ashley Sexton, of Sarasota, FL and Kendall and Greyson Sexton, of Stittville.
Phylis will be remembered as "Big Sis" by her sister, Rosemary and Michael Dickey, of Fort Myers, FL and four brothers, Felix Barber, of Port St. Lucie, FL, Raymond and Gloria Barber, of Taberg, NY, Leroy and Minica Barber, of PA and Andrew Barber, of Fort Myers, FL.
Phylis will always be thankful and humbled by the family that accepted her into their wonderful and giving world on June 21, 1972, the day that she married her best friend, Danny. She will be remembered by his brother, Dale Owen Sexton and his late wife, Jane Sexton, of Floyd, NY; and sisters-in-law, Edna and Gene Bunal, of Floyd, NY, Diane and Fred Cady, of Holland Patent, NY, Beatty Howard and her late husband, Charles Howard, of Floyd, NY.
Phylis will always be referred to as "Aunt Philly" by several nieces and nephews, who will remember her as an open, easy person to talk to that often made them feel very good about themselves upon conclusion. She just wanted everyone to get along.
Funeral services will be held, Friday, at the Townsend Cemetery in Stittville at 12:00 p.m. Those attending the burial are asked to go directly to the cemetery to pay last respects.
In lieu of flowers, or donations, Phylis and Family would instead request that each person take a moment to call or write (but preferably in person) and tell someone close to them how much they love them and how truly special they are. That would be the greatest gift of all to her and the greatest gift you could give a loved one.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Nunn and Harper Funeral Home, Inc., 418 N. George St., Rome.
You may light a candle, send a message of sympathy at www.nunnandharper.com.
Published in The Observer-Dispatch from Sept. 6 to Sept. 7, 2018
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