Thank you, Susie – your bright spirit impacted the world

My mother Susie Duncan Sexton made me who I am. There will never be another like her: brilliant, beautiful, deep-feeling, passionate, inclusive, impish, kind. My heart is so full of you.

Susie Elizabeth Duncan Sexton, 75, of Columbia City, IN, passed away unexpectedly Friday, August 6, 2021, at her home. Born on May 14, 1946, in Fort Wayne, she was the daughter of Roy and Edna (Lewis) Duncan.

She grew up in Columbia City and graduated from Columbia City Joint High School with the Class of 1964. Susie went on to attend Ball State University in Education and was very active with campus life. She was a member of Pi Beta Phi, President of Panhellenic, Secretary of the Student Body and participated in Theatre projects. She graduated 12th in her class in 1968 as an honor student and was awarded the John R. Emens Outstanding Senior Award. On December 28, 1968, she married Donald Sexton in Columbia City.

Professional roles included actor at Wagon Wheel, First Pres and Arena Theatres; original faculty member at McMillen Health Center; English instructor at International Business College; PTA President at Indian Village Elementary; curator at the Whitley County Historical Museum; columnist and feature writer for Talk of the Town and the Columbia City Post and Mail; author of two books – Secrets of an Old Typewriter and More Secrets of an Old Typewriter: Misunderstood Gargoyles and Overrated Angels; and contributor to several published anthologies including Dearborn Public Library “Big Read” series. She was a staunch advocate for animal rights issues. http://www.susieduncansexton.com

Susie is survived by her husband, Don Sexton; son, Roy (John Mola) Sexton; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her sisters, Shirley Jagger and Sarah McBride; and brothers-in-law, Eldon “Guy” Jagger and Charles “Mac” McBride.

Friends may call on Tuesday August 10, 2021, from 4:00 – 7:00 pm at DeMoney-Grimes Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Drive, Columbia City. Susie’s family requests that guests attending services wear a mask during their visit.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 am on Wednesday August 11, 2021, at the funeral home. The funeral service may also be watched live on Facebook through DeMoney Grimes Live. Burial will follow in Greenhill Cemetery, Columbia City.

Memorial donations may be given in memory to Whitley County Humane Society.

Visit http://www.demoneygrimes.com to send Susie’s family online condolences or sign the online guest book.

Susie Duncan Sexton’s remarks at Blue Bell Lofts grand opening: https://youtu.be/RmX26S5o3vs

Rob Kates gave my mother such a feeling of self and visibility and love this terrible past year. I’m so grateful for that. View his tribute here: https://fb.watch/7eVL4-IKIk/

Rob writes, “For all our LMCT fans, one of the best parts of having Roy Sexton host was our regular calls to his Mom, Susie Sexton. Sadly, Susie passed away unexpectedly in her home on this past Thursday. We will miss her wit, passion and the love she had for Roy and all of us. Mostly we’ll miss seeing the love Roy had for her, all of which you can share with us in this short visit we had from her during our recent Pride Month show.”

AND his “director’s cut” here: https://youtu.be/gNulgyTNiHM

One of the highlights of my mother Susie Sexton’s life was seeing her beloved Blue Bell factory, which my grandfather Roy Duncan managed for decades, reimagined for loft living. She was instrumental in the research that led to its historic designation, and she provided the keynote at the grand re-opening.

Enjoy her here in her element and at her finest: https://youtu.be/RmX26S5o3vs

From Patty: “Our tribute to Susie Sexton on the Patty’s Page TV Show, with co-hosts Terry Doran and Patty Hunter …”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ePAtbFQh5A&t=85s&ab_channel=abitibibob
“part one of two parts interview with Don and Susie Sexton and co-host Terry Doran”


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j2uENaQ32rw&t=245s&ab_channel=abitibibob
“part two of two parts interview with Don and Susie Sexton, and co-host Terry Doran”


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TA_zB6ZQL3s&t=35s&ab_channel=abitibibob
“with Susie Sexton”


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=odbivWmG6J8&t=919s&ab_channel=abitibibob
“finally, an interview with Susie Sexton and her son, Roy Sexton… with Terry Doran as co-host…. Don Sexton was also there in the background”

Congrats to my mom on her Hall of Fame nomination (and save the date for upcoming author appearance)!

Susie at Chamber Event 1Congratulations to my mom Susie Duncan Sexton (www.susieduncansexton.com) for being nominated to the Whitley County Hall of Fame (a new honor developed by the Whitley County Chamber of Commerce – www.whitleychamber.com).Susie at Chamber Event 2

 

 

She was nominated for her contributions to local arts and culture, animal welfare, and for helping to preserve the history of her hometown via her columns and books and other research.

susie with certificate

 

 

Kudos to the Chamber’s new Director of Marketing Jennifer Zartman Romano for what sounds to have been a marvelous event last week to celebrate all the honorees (and thanks to Jennifer and my dad for the photos below).

hall of fame certificate

 

 

Also, for those of you in Northeast Indiana, my mom will be appearing Saturday, November 8 from noon to 3 pm as part of the Allen County Public Library Authors Fair – a copy of the flyer appears below and more info can be found here.

Enjoy these fun photos from the Chamber event last week!

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Reel Roy Reviews is now a book! Thanks to BroadwayWorld for this coverage – click here to view.

In addition to online ordering at Amazon or from the publisher Open Books, the book currently is being carried by Bookbound, Common Language Bookstore, and Crazy Wisdom Bookstore and Tea Room in Ann Arbor, Michigan and by Green Brain Comics in Dearborn, Michigan.

My mom Susie Duncan Sexton’s Secrets of an Old Typewriter series is also available on Amazon and at Bookbound and Common Language.

Author Fair Poster for Public-jpeg