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Adelma "Dell" (Laughton) Sevey
RIPLEY- Adelma “Dell” (Laughton) Sevey, 106, passed away May 16, 2012, at her home in Ripley. She was born November 5, 1905 in Ripley, daughter of John Sherman Laughton and Mary Emma (Merrill) Laughton.

Adelma had a teaching career of 45 years, which was interrupted by raising her three sons and being a homemaker. She finished teaching in the Dexter schools. She was town clerk for Ripley for many years and held the cane for being the oldest lady in Ripley. She was a member of the Ripley Grange #462.

She is survived by 3 sons, all over 80 years old, Ernest of Ripley, Richard and his wife, Barbara of Florida, and Howard Sr. and his wife, Irene of Hampden; ten grandchildren; seventeen great grandchildren; one great great grandchild; many nieces and nephews.

Adelma was from a family of nine siblings, eight of whom predeceased her, Rena Eaton, John Laughton, James Laughton, Flora Britten, Frank Laughton, Ed Laughton, Susan Jewett, and Marion Menditto; and she has a surviving brother, Andrew Laughton. She was predeceased by her husband, Albert Sevey in 1997.

Funeral services will be held 1 PM, Thursday, May 24, 2012, at Crosby & Neal, 61 Main Street in Dexter, with Pastor Stephen Dean officiating. Burial will follow in the Ferndale Cemetery in Ripley. A remembrance gathering will be held after the burial for family and friends at the Ripley United Methodist Church.

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