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Gladys  Pauline  Walls
     Gladys Pauline Walls Swain Sexton, 87, of Mullen, died Jan. 13 at her home in Mullen. She was born in Lewellen Nov. 1, 1925 to John Edwin and Goldie M. Dilley Walls.
     She grew up and lived in the Lewellen area until her mother''s passing in 1940. Gladys lived with her father until her marriage to Lynn D. Swain Dec. 29, 1942. There were no children born to this union but did care for many of their friend''s and family''s children.
     Lynn worked for Franke Construction resulting in moving 93 times in 26 years. During their travel from one job site to another, they lived in Nebraska, Kansas, Colorado and South Dakota.
     Gladys was never a stranger for long and connected with people quickly.
     In 1968, they purchased the Stella Eckles house in Mullen and became permanent residents.
     Gladys was widowed Jan. 8, 1985 and married Francis L. Sexton Aug. 30, 1986. Frank would pass away June 4, 1994 after eight happy years.
     In April 2009, Gladys reconnected with childhood friend, Louis Campbell and they shared three years together until his death July 8, 2012.
     Gladys was a Brownie leader from 1971-1985, member of Mullen Commercial Club, joined Rebekah''s in 1972 and worked her way to Nobel Grand three times. She was also member and president for five years for the American Legion Auxiliary, member of Episcopal Church and was an award winning Avon dealer.
     Gladys is survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends and her heart adopted daughters, Evelyn Elliot and Shirley Sweet.
     She was proceeded in death by her parents, sister Minnie Leach and her four children, broth William L. Walls and his son, Leslie; niece Sandy Guillett, husbands Lynn and Frank, and companion Lou.
     Funeral services will be at 1p.m. MST, Wednesday, Jan. 16 at St. Joseph''s Episcopal Church in Mullen. Burial will be in the Cedarview Cemetery. Mullen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
 
First published in The North Platte Bulletin print edition on 1/16/2013
 
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