In Memoriam : Sandra Sexton

Sandra Sofiah Sexton - age: 78
(September 21, 1944 to April 20, 2023 )
Resident of Exeter, California

Sandra Sofiah Sexton, age 78, died on April 20, 2023, after a long battle with cancer, in the presence of her sons at the Ruth Wood Open Arms hospice in Visalia, California. Sofiah was born on September 22, 1944 to Louise (neé Coleman) and Walter Olan Sexton in Covington, KY, across the Ohio River from Cincinnati. She grew up in Northern Kentucky with her brother, Larry Olan Sexton, and moved with the family to Florida in 1960, where she graduated from West Palm Beach High in 1962. After returning to Northern Kentucky and holding a series of odd jobs, Sofiah married Rasjid Pullom of Highland Park, Michigan, and gave birth to their two sons in 1972 and 1973, respectively. The couple divorced shortly thereafter and Sofiah returned to the Greater Cincinnati area, where she put herself through the University of Cincinnati to earn a degree in education. After graduating, Sofiah became the county librarian of Bracken County, Kentucky, before becoming the school librarian for Piner Elementary, where she retired in 2006. In retirement, Sofiah cared for her mother until she passed away, and then moved to Exeter, California, to be closer to her children and grandchildren. She is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Sjahari and Roekmini Pullom of Visalia, and Djamal and Candice Pullom of Seattle. Sofiah is also survived by seven grandchildren, Stephen (23), Morgan (23), Alejandro (21), Matthew (20), Rahim (18), Matiana (13), and Rafael (8), as well as her dogs, Mellow and Sparkles. Sofiah’s kindness, wit, and wisdom will be missed by family and friends alike. Arrangements entrusted to Evans Miller Guinn Exeter Chapel.