Melissa's Story

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Melissa May Brown Sexton Ziglar, age 97, of New Castle, gained her wings and went home to be with her Lord at her residence around her family on Saturday afternoon, April 29, 2017 following an extended illness.
She was born January 31, 1920 in Monticello, Ky. and was the
daughter of the late Marley and Debbie (Henniger) Brown.
On June 29, 1940, Melissa was wed to Cecil Sexton and relocated to New Castle, Ind., to build a better life for their children.
Cecil passed away on March 29, 1960.
She later married Lester "Red" Ziglar on February 8, 1980 and he passed away March 12, 1991.
She was the loving mother and grandmother of almost 150 offspring spanning four generations after her.
She loved her family and her Lord. She was very strong in her
Christian faith. She enjoyed and attended the Pilgrim Christian
Holiness Church.
She loved reading her Bible and speaking of Jesus.
She also enjoyed growing flowers, quilting and starting her day early and kept going till bedtime.
In later years, Melissa was cared for in her home by her children and grandchildren.
Special thanks is given to son-in-law, Stephen Swift and caretaker, Charlotte Gay Chissell.
Left to cherish her memories include a daughterPhyllis (husband Stephen) Swift of New Castle; five sonsKenneth Sexton of Eubank, Ky., Clifford (wife Sandy) Sexton of Manchester, Ky., David (wife Geraldine) Sexton of Mooreland, Philip (wife Debbie) Sexton and Greg (partner-Tammy) Sexton both of New Castle; one brotherJesse Brown of Monticello, Ky.; several grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, and several nieces, nephews, and cousins that span across the country.
She was preceded in death by her siblingsNora, Ruth, Betty, George, Bill, Charlie, Geneva, and Bob; childrenGlenwood, Eugene, and Melvin Louis Sexton (all in infancy,) a daughterVirginia Sue Arms; sonsDanny Lee Sexton, Rebecca Adkins, Lanetta Sexton, Junior Sexton, Keith Sexton, and James Vickery.
Funeral services were held 11 a.m. Thursday, May 4, 2017 at the Victory Full Gospel Church. Officiating were Rev. Paul Walden, Rev. Paul Featherstone, and Pastor Tim Denny. Burial followed at the Mt. Summit Cemetery.
Online condolences may be made at http://www.hackermainanddavis.com.
Published on May 9, 2017
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