Tuesday, October 24, 2023

Seavers in the News -- J. Margaret Seaver (1892-1976) Dies in Rapid City, South Dakota in 1976

 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 Rapid City [S.D.] Journal  newspaper dated 31 October 1976, page 6:

The transcription of the article is:

"J. Margaret Seaver

"Services for J. Margaret Seaver, 84, are scheduled Sunday 4 p.m. at the Campbell-Paula Funeral Home with the Rev. Kenneth Voas officiating.  

"Burial will be in the Garden City Cemetery.

"Mrs. Seaver died Saturday at a Rapid City hospital.  She was born March 22, 1892, in Sioux City, Iowa.

"She married Loyd W. Seaver July 12, 1916, at Mellette.  They farmed near Garden City.  Mrs. Seaver was a member of the Garden City Methodist Church and a 50-year Member of the Order of the Eastern Star.

"She was preceded in death by her husband and a son.

"Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Betty Lou Gatewood, Washington Courthouse, Ohio; a son, Louis Seaver, Rapid City; nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren."

The source citation is:

"J. Margaret Seaver," Rapid City [S.D.] Journal newspaper, Sunday, 31 October 1976, page 6, column 2, J. Margaret Seaver obituary,   Newspapers.com   (https://www.newspapers.com : accessed 23 October 2023).

This obituary provides the name, age, birth date, birthplace, death date, death place, spouse's name, marriage date, burial information, associations, and children's names and current locations.  It does not provide  parents names, education, or cause of death.

Julia Margaret Snyder (1892-1976) was born on 12 November 1892 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the daughter of George Frederick and Louisa Lizetta (Loos) Snydar.  She died 30 October 1976 in Rapid City, South Dakota.  She married Lloyd Wesley Seaver (1894-1958) on 15 July 1916 in Mellette, South Dakota.  They had three children:

*  George Loyd Seaver (1917-1966), married 1941 Frances Gassman (1914-1974).
*  Louis Eugene Seaver (1922-1991), married 1947 Margaret Elgina Rider (1922-2017).
*  Betty Lou Seaver (1924-1986), married Robert Wilson Gatewood (1920-2007).

I am a 2nd cousin 8 times removed to Lloyd Wesley Seaver.  Our common Seaver ancestor is my 9th great-grandfather Robert Seaver (1608-1683).

There are over 10,000 Seaver "stories" in my family tree - and this is one of them.   Life happens, accidentally and intentionally, and sometimes a person has an obituary that provides a fairly complete life summary.  I am glad that I can honor Julia Margaret (Snyder) 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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