Letitia Sexton, department store designer

She was also a volunteer tutor

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December 26, 2013|By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun

Letitia Clark Sexton, a volunteer tutor and former department store designer, died of congestive heart failure Dec. 20 at the Blakehurst Retirement Community in Towson. She was 90 and had lived in Stevenson.

Born Letitia Clark in Baltimore and raised at Margaret Meadows in Stevenson, she was the daughter of Juliana Keyser Clark, a Women's Hospital trustee, and Gaylord Lee Clark, a Semmes, Bowen and Semmes attorney.

She attended the Calvert School and was a 1938 graduate of Saint Mary's in the Mountains in Littleton, N.H. She earned a degree in art and design at Brooklyn's Pratt Institute.

Mrs. Sexton became designer for the old Hochschild-Kohn department store on Howard Street and created window displays.

On a sailing date, she met her future husband, Dr. Carlton Lasley Sexton, an internist and Johns Hopkins School of Medicine faculty member.

Mrs. Sexton was a volunteer at Bolton Hill's Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church's tutorial program from 1972 to 1984. She taught children about Fort McHenry and the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum. She was also a volunteer at Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland.

A fox hunter, she rode with the Green Spring Valley Hunt Club.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at All Saints Episcopal Church, 203 E. Chatsworth Ave. in Reisterstown.

Survivors include two sons, Carlton C. Sexton of Towson and Jonathan H. Sexton of Park City, Utah; three daughters, Letitia L. Yensho of Stanardsville, Va., Polly D. Barlow of Burke, Va., and Jane Corbin Sexton of Iowa City, Iowa; a brother, Gaylord Lee Clark Jr. of Stevenson; a sister, Juliana Clark Watts of Ruxton; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Her husband of 61 years died in 2012.


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