Jeff Sexton

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Veda Sexton

My Grandmother was born to the family Lewis Lloyd and Margaret Bolton of Boyd Oregon in 1915. She was one of three sisters.

When she was school age, my Great Grandfather moved his family to a new house "in town," The Dallas, where my Grandmother grew up surrounded by the grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins of her large, extended pioneer family.

Veda Bolton attended Oregon State Agricultural College (now OSU) and Willamette University before marrying a watchmaker in 1937 and becoming Veda Sexton.

The new family relocated to Cour d'Alene, Idaho for a watchmaking position at a store, Overjourde's, which is still there on Sherman Ave. Today, the shop is Clark's Jewelers. Eventually, my Grandfather came to own the store, where my Grandmother did the books.

My Grandparents were married for 70 years. They raised two children in Cour d'Alene, my father, Gene, and my Aunt Carol. They were very happy there, but for my Grandmother The Dalles was always and forever her home. They visited The Dalles frequently.

Veda Sexton was a living memory of a time when draft horses were the only engines on the great wheat fields of the Columbia River basin. She was proud of their Oregon Trail history, and of their home, which still stands, and the of Boltons that still work the land.

My Grandmother was loved by everyone that knew her. She was a devoted mother and wife, and cared for my Grandfather through to his last days. Even though his passing left a large hole in her life, she carried on, with a smile for everyone. She had an uncanny cheerfulness and above all else she believed that, no matter what, things were always right in the end.

She made it easy to believe that she would always be there.

We will miss her very much.

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