RIPLEY – Adelma "Dell" (Laughton) Sevey, 106, passed away May 16, 2012, at her home. She was born Nov. 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 Ripley Grange No. 462.
She is survived by three sons, all more than 80 years old, Ernest of Ripley, Richard and his wife, Barbara, of Florida and Howard Sr. and his wife, Irene, of Hampden; 10 grandchildren, 17 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 surviving brother, Andrew Laughton. She was predeceased by her husband, Albert Sevey, in 1997.
Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Thursday, May 24, at Crosby & Neal, 61 Main St., Dexter, with Pastor Stephen Dean officiating. Burial will be afterward at Ferndale Cemetery, Ripley. A remembrance gathering will be held after the burial for family and friends at Ripley United Methodist Church. For an online guest register, go to