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Jane Sexton Stevens

April 3, 1947 January 4, 2018
Jane Sexton Stevens
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Obituary for Jane Sexton Stevens

DURHAM: Jane Sexton Stevens (1947-2018) passed away in the care of her family on January 4, 2018 after a steadfast battle against pancreatic cancer. Born in Topeka, Kansas, her passion for the study of the human mind brought her in high school to the Menninger Clinic in Topeka as a research assistant, then to Duke University where she earned her BA and Ph.D. in Psychology and Masters in Education, and met her husband of 48 years, Robert. Professionally, she treated children and adolescents at the Children’s Psychiatric Institute at John Umstead Hospital, now Central Regional Hospital, in Butner, NC, later becoming the chief psychologist for the Child/Adolescent Unit. She retired from practice in 2011, enjoying many close friendships with her colleagues and her impact on patients. Residing in Durham, NC since 1965, Jane relished traveling with family and entertaining friends over a good meal and lively discussion. The strength of her will, intellect, and love for her family and friends shall be treasured. She is survived by her husband Robert, recently retired from a long career in research at the Duke School of Medicine, son James and his wife Brooke, both lawyers in Chicago, her family in Kansas and England, her lifelong friends in Durham and close community in Emerald Isle, NC. Together, they celebrate her memory and ask that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Duke Hospice: Duke Hospice 4023 N Roxboro St, Durham, NC 27704.
There will be a memorial gathering at a later date.
The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral Service, Inc. in Durham. Online condolences may be made at

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Duke HomeCare and Hospice

4321 Medical Park Drive
Suite 101
Durham, NC 27704

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