Benefit To Be Held For Ellington Resident Sunday

ELLINGTON – A spaghetti dinner benefit will be held Sunday at the Gerry Rodeo Grounds banquet hall to aid the family of Ellington resident Debbie Rexford, who has recently been diagnosed with recurring cancer which was discovered in her leg.

The benefit will begin at 1 p.m. and continue until 5 p.m., with dinners being served on-site or available for takeout. Dinners will include salad, spaghetti, dessert and drink, and prices are as follows: $8 adult, $5 for children 12 and under.

“We have many activities planned for the afternoon,” said Kim Swanstrom, co-organizer of the event. “There will be a Chinese auction with many wonderful gifts donated by our area’s very generous people. We have a 50/50 drawing planned and a huge bake sale, with everything from cookies, cakes, pies and candy made by some of the best cooks and bakers in our area. Come, spend a few hours with us, and help a family fighting cancer.”

Rexford has been an Ellington resident all her life. She is a loving mom to two adult children, Shawn Rexford and Jennifer Gagnon; grandmother to Lyla and Brodie Gagnon; and wife of Ellington Fire Chief Steve Rexford. She is employed as a unit secretary at Heritage Village in Gerry, where she is loved and respected by co-workers and residents alike. She is an active member of the Cherry Creek-Leon United Methodist Church, where she serves on the Activities Committee, secretary of the Administrative Board, and is the Communion steward. Debbie has been an active member of the Ellington Fire Department Auxiliary for more than 35 years.

Ironically, Debbie lost her mother, Maxine Brown, to breast cancer a few years ago. But she is not one to give in to defeat.

“We beat the cancer the first time almost two years ago, but it came back again, this past November,” Debbie said. “But we beat it before, and we’ll beat it again.”

“Whenever there is a need in the community, Debbie is always there to lend a hand,” said Judy Rhinehart, co-organizer of the event. “She has donated for dinners and benefits for countless others in the community. Now, it’s our turn to support her, as she battles this cancer again. Let’s do whatever we can to make her fight a little easier.”