The Sedora Foundation was formed after the passing of Stephen and Helen Sedora in 1997. Managed by Central Trust Company, the Sedora Foundation provides funding opportunities to various charities in Southwest Missouri.
Stephen Sedora was born in Cementon, Pennsylvania and had a 24-year career with the U.S. Marine Corps serving during World War II. He received a Purple Heart in 1944 after being wounded in the Peleliu Islands. He retired as a major in 1964.
Stephen married his wife Helen in 1948 in Arlington, Virginia where they lived for many years. After the couple retired, they moved back to Helen’s hometown of Nixa, Missouri where they built an active life. Stephen and Helen were married for 48 years.
During their lifetime, Stephen and Helen Sedora set up their estate plan which established the Sedora Foundation upon their death. The Sedoras left disbursements of the foundation unrestricted as to make the most impact in the community.