Nickerson Funeral Home

340 Main Street, Wellfleet, MA


Mary Sexton

April 14, 1950August 20, 2020

On August 20, 2020, Mary Sexton of Truro, MA, loving wife, mother, and friend, died of a stroke.

Mary was born to Fred and Lilly Letwin in 1950, in Springfield, MA. Mary grew up coming to Cape Cod and camping at Nickerson State Park. She graduated from Purdue University in 1972. Jim and Mary met at an Indianapolis 500 party while attending Purdue University. In February 1972, she married James Sexton, and together they raised their son, John Eric.

Upon retirement she made Truro, MA her home. A deft tax professional, Mary was a ceramicist, interior decorator, gardener, cook, and astute collector. The consummate hostess, she reveled in filling her home with friends and neighbors, building a community of people from varied walks of life. An animal lover, her home and yard also welcomed visiting dogs, goats and a plethora of well-fed birds.

Mary was a quiet philanthropist, generously supporting the environment, orphans, healthcare, the arts, and individuals in need. As well, she was generous with her time, eager to help with meals, rides, gifts, a compassionate ear, and encouraging words.

While she spent much of her life battling Crohn’s disease, Mary is remembered for her infectious smile, and hopeful outlook for herself, and for others.

Mary is preceded in death by her father, Fred, and her mother, Lilly. She is survived by her husband, Jim, her son, John Eric, brothers, James and Bruce, and many cousins.

With respect for everyone’s safety, the memorial service will be private.

To continue Mary’s life of giving, donations may be made to Center for Coastal Studies, Provincetown, MA and the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation, http://online.crohnscolitisfoundation.org/MarySextonMemorial

It would be Mary’s wish that we all help each other, and that we live our lives full of hope.


  • With respect for everyone’s safety, the memorial service will be private.


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Ross Mcdonald

September 10, 2020

Mary was one of the most "selfless" people I have ever met. Great or small, she never differentiated, all God's children, she was there to help. We needed Mary, her kindness and true caring helped the world to be a better place. To Jim and family I am sure this is a crushing loss, but the legacy Mary left will give you a smile to dream on. Rest in Peace; it was my pleasure to know you. Ross

Jane and Tom McConnell

September 9, 2020

As a neighbor and friend, what stood out to us about Mary was her wisdom and concern for those she knew. She had a way of getting to the core of a matter, discerning what was important to those she loved. She combined this with a tremendous heart, always willing to talk out facts and feelings. Mary made you feel safe, heard and appreciated. Though she’ll be sorely missed, her influence will last beyond the years we shared time with her.

The Froelich Family

September 6, 2020


We have very fond memories of Mary while she was our neighbor in Naperville, My sons still have their pumpkins that were made many years ago and we remember their many driveway visits. Our sincerest condolences to both Jim and Eric.

The Froelich family

Andrew Bregman

September 6, 2020

My sincerest condolences. Mary was a wonderful, kind and very focused woman. I am honored to have had the privilege of caring for her at your time living in Naperville. I wish both you and Eric the very best moving forward.
Andy Bregman

Susan Overstreet

September 6, 2020

I will always remember Mary’s kindness and warmth. Visiting her home for a party was such a treat. Her and Jim exuded kindness so naturally. She will be missed.

Patrick McDermott

September 5, 2020

Jim and Mary Sexton were our long time friends in Naperville. Mary brought people together. We shared many dinners with Jim and Mary. Mary was always trying new recipes. She was always thinking of others, such as bringing food to neighbors when loved ones were sick, making ceramic pumpkins for our grandkids, and voluntarily helping many persons solve tax problems. Jim was her willing partner in all these activities, as well as being the mastermind in many joint projects we did. The Sexton friendship holds a special place in our hearts. God bless you, Mary and Jim!

Nick Norman

September 4, 2020

Mary’s smile was so beautiful and infectious. It always was accompanied by a glint in her eye and I felt like Mary was sharing a secret with me.

Much love to Mary’s family and especially Jim. Your love endures.

Thom Schoepfer

September 4, 2020

We have nothing but good memories of our friend. Mary was smart, generous, down to earth, outspoken and creative.
A wonderful hostess who made each guest at ease. She and Jim embraced life, family friends So glad that they got to travel to so many places close to her heart.
Our deepest condolences to Jim, Eric and the family. Rest if Peace.

Heidi Pilone

September 4, 2020

I was privileged to meet Mary and Jim two years ago as Mary’s nurse. We spent many days together talking about her life, her love of art and her love of gardening. Mary and Jim even dug up some flowers that I admired. I was able to transplant those flowers in my own yard. Every time they bloom , I think of her and what a kind and generous soul she was. She will be missed!

David Greulich

September 3, 2020


Moments as these cause us to recall the years that have passed since Purdue. Our families have been part of the diaspora yet we managed to stay in touch and share a shoulder for digging or for leaning.

We recall our own wedding and then your wedding. Our visit to your first house in Truro and then the storied second house! What good times! We have shared a picture to freshen those memories.

Remember our trip to Key West! Ahhh, those were the days. Remember checking on some antique dishes? Memories are as fresh as the just passed moment. It has been a race well run and savored. We are happy that we were able to run a few laps with you and Mary.

Dave and Dee Greulich


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