Dr. JoAnne Sexton

Sunday 3rd of April 1927 - Monday 10th of January 2022

Dr. JoAnne Sexton



Jan 20, 2022 (12:00pm - 12:45pm)


159 N Broadway, Lexington, Kentucky

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Director Keith Dean

Graveside Service

Jan 20, 2022 (1:00PM - 2:00PM)

Lexington Cemetery

833 West Main Street, Lexington, KY

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Director Keith Dean

Dr. JoAnne Sexton, born April 3, 1927 in Knoxville TN, passed away peacefully at home on January 10, 2022.  She is survived by her sister Mae Marie Quan, Lexington KY and brothers Dr. Robert F. Sexton, Louisville Ky and William Homer and Ebba Jo Sexton, Port Orchard Washington.  She is survived by eight nephews and one great nephew: Robert Sexton and Charles Niles Sexton, Louisville, KY Adan L. Quan and Adan T. Quan, East Lansing, MI, Christopher W. Quan, Richmond KY, William S. Quan, Westminister, CO, Robert B. Quan, Fort Collins, CO, Fedrick Sexton, Lexington, KY and Eric S. Sexton, Port Orchard, WA.


Upon finishing her medical degree, residency, and fellowship in Pediatric and Adult Neurology, JoAnne returned to Kentucky where she was interim Director of Maternal and Child Health for six years.  During this time, she established a network of traveling clinics focusing on child development problems and epilepsy.  She became a professor at Meharry Medical College and Vanderbilt University in Nashville TN.


Her abiding love for Kentucky was developed in JoAnne’s formative years spent in a small mining town in southern Kentucky, her beloved Packard.  Everyone that knew JoAnne heard the many stories she told about growing up in the mining camp and she extolled the “most wonderful childhood” she had in Packard.


JoAnne retired to Lexington, KY.  She had a unique faith in the goodness inherent in mankind, and abiding faith in her religious beliefs, and a deep love for her family.  Her generous spirit and beautiful soul will continue to guide those who knew her well.


A brief gathering will occur at Milward Funeral Directors Broadway location at noon Thursday, January 20, with a graveside service at the Lexington Cemetery to follow at 1:00 o’clock.  Please visit www.milwardfuneral.com to leave expressions of love.

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Thomas Sparks


What a kind and beautiful person. She will be missed by all that knew her.

4 months ago