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Barbara Lea Seely


Gender: Female


Spouse: John Lewis Eitel

Date of Marriage: August 17, 1940

Marriage Place: Bellevue, WA


Barbara Lea Seely Married in Bellevue, Wash., Rites to John Lewis Eitel

HIGHLAND, Aug. 24. – A wedding of much interest was solemnized last Sunday in Bellevue, Wash., when Barbara Lea Seely of Highland was united in marriage to John Lewis Eitel of that city. The ceremony took place at high noon at the home of the bridegroom’s sister, Mrs. Max Dawes, with the Rev. Dr. Fenwick, a Methodist pastor, officiating. The ceremony, an original arrangement by the pastor, was impressive and beautiful.

Mr. and Mrs. Max Dawes and Mt. and Mrs. M.C. York of Highland, uncle and aunt of the bride, who took her to Bellevue for her wedding, were the only ones present for the ceremony. Mr. York gave the bride into the keeping of the bridegroom and the vows were sealed with the wedding ring. This matched the diamond engagement ring, both of which were designed by the bridegroom.

Barbara Lea wore a smart fall gown of black silk crepe in one of the fashionable weaves. It was fashioned in street length with high neck and long sleeves and as a special sentiment was made by the bride herself. With it she wore a small black straw sailor with band trim and long streamers of rose-colored crepe. Rose gloves, black pumps and purse completed her costume. She wore a matching rose-colored orchid corsage. A rate heirloom of a wedgewood cameo locket was worn to carry out the “something old, something borrowed, something blue” tradition. This was an heirloom in the family of the bride’s mother, Mrs. Betty Seely, and belongs to her sister, Miss Elaine Seely. The “something new” was embodies in a lovely gift kerchief.

Immediately following the ceremony a breakfast was served. The bride’s tier cake, which she cut, was topped with a bride and bridegroom standing beneath an arch of lilies of the valley. Mr. and Mrs. Eitel bade farewell to the relatives and left for Paradise inn on Mt. Rainier.

They are dividing their honeymoon time between the mountain resort and sailing among the San Juan islands. For the sailing trip the bride’s costume was of slacks in postman’s blue, red jersey blouse and red and blue sandals and accessories.

Mr. and Mrs. Eitel will soon be at home at Paulbo, their home being only a block and a half from Lake Kitsap. Mr. Eitel is an ordnance engineer at the Bremerton navy yard.

The bride is the younger daughter of Mrs. Betty Seely and the late Edwin H. Seely. She is a native daughter of Highland and a member of one of the pioneer families of the San Bernardino valley, being a granddaughter of D.R. Seely of Cole avenue. The romance had its beginning a year ago when Misses Elaine and Barbara Lea Seely traveled to Alaska for a summer vacation trip. Mr. Eitel was radio operator on the steamer on which the sisters came from Skagway.

Published in the San Bernardino County Sun (San Bernardino, California) Sunday, August 25, 1940

[Great granddaughter of SGS # 2339 – Barbara Lea; Edwin Harvey; David Randolph; David (#2339); Justus Azel (# 836); Justus William; Joseph; John; Benjamin; Nathaniel, Robert]

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