Tuesday, August 15, 2023

Seavers in the News -- Bertha Seaver (1899-1975) Dies in Elk City, Nebraska in 1975

 Here is this week's edition of "Seavers in the News" - a weekly feature from the historical newspapers about persons with the surname Seaver that are interesting, useful, mysterious, fun, macabre, or add information to my family tree database.

This week's entry is from The Omaha [Nebr.] World-Herald newspaper dated 23 April 1975, page 70:

The transcription of the article is:

"SEAVER -- Bertha, age 76 years of Elk City, survived by son, Rev. LaRoy Seaver of Omaha.  Daughters, Alice Seaver and Freida Morris, both of Elk City, Fern Dunson of Fremont, 12 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren.  Sister, Ciara Morris of Arlington.

"Funeral Wed. 2 PM at the United Methodist Church of Elk City.  Interment Elk City Cemetery. Memorials acceptable to the United Methodist Church of Elk City.  Swanson Funeral Home Valley, Nebr."

The source citation is:

"Bertha Seaver,The Omaha [Nebr.] World-Herald newspaper, Wednesday, 23 April 1975, page 70, column 2, Bertha Seaver obituary,   Newspapers.com   (https://www.newspapers.com : accessed 14 August 2023).

This obituary identifies her age, her residence, her children, her sister, and the church and cemetery, but nothing about her birth date and place, parents names, education, occupation, and other associations.

Bertha Mabel Decker (1899-1975) was born 3 January 1899 in Waterloo, Nebraska, the daughter of William Henry and Jessie Emmaline (Quinn) Decker.  She died 20 April 1975 in Valley, Nebraska.  Bertha married Arden Edward Seaver (1895-1958) on 19 February 1919 in Iowa.  They had four children:

*  Alice Emma Seaver (1919-2001)
*  LaRoy Edward Seaver (1920-2020), married (1) 1943 Pauline Roberts (1922-1979); (2) 1981 Mary Stoffel (1922-????).
*  Freida Seaver (1922-2008), married 1941 Harvey Earl Morris (1916-1994).
*  Fern Leona Seaver (1927-2016), married 1949 Ruben B. Dunson (1925-2018).

I am not related to Arden Edward Seaver (1895-1958).  He is descended from Edward R. and Bridget Hannigan) Seaver of Ireland, Canada and Massachusetts.

There are over 10,000 Seaver "stories" in my family tree - and this was one of them.   Life happens, accidentally and intentionally, and sometimes a person has a rather sparse obituary.  I am glad that I can honor Bertha Mabel (Decker) Seaver today.  

You never know when a descendant or relative will find this blog post and learn something about their ancestors or relatives, or will provide more information about them to me.


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