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Judson Beeler Seeley


Gender: Male


Spouse: Mary Kathryn Cottrell

Date of Marriage: July 15, 1951

Marriage Place: Mt. Pleasant, IA

Mary Kathryn Cottrell And Judson B. Seeley Take Nuptial Vows

In the largest local wedding of the summer season, Miss Mary Kathryn Cottrell, daughter of Sup. and Mrs. Clarence Arthur Cottrell, became the bride of Judson Beeler Seeley, son of Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Eli Seeley, all of Mt. Pleasant, Sunday afternoon at the First Methodist church in this city. The vows were taken at 4:30 p.m. with Dr. James W. Marlin of the local church leading the double ring service, assisted by Dr. George G. Hunt of the Grace Methodist Church, Waterloo.

Banking the altar for the impressive service were baskets of white hydrangeas, two smaller bouquets of white gladioli, shag daisies, and double branched candelabra. Across the chancel choir railing were laid white hydrangeas, intermingled with white candles. Shag daisies were also tied to the pews with white ribbon.

Miss Colleen Farnsworth, the organist, played the traditional wedding marches, accompanying Mrs. JoAnn Donald, the vocalist who sang “Because” by Hardebt, “I’ll Never Walk Alone” by Rogers and Hammerstein, and the “Lord’s Prayer” by Mallet during the ceremony.

Given in marriage by her father, the bride was attractive in a ballerina length dress of moussclinede-sois, appliquéd with sprays of lilies of the valley over a satin underskirt and having a similarly appliquéd neckline of lilies of the valley. The dress was fashioned with long pointed sleeves and small buttons down the back of the bodice.

The bride’s fingertip veil of silk illusion fell from a small beaded embroidered Juliet cloche. He fan-shaped bridal bouquet was composed of a white rose base and sprays of lilies of the valley and bovardia tied together with white satin streamers. White linen pumps completed her costume.

Attending the bride was her sister, Miss Anne Cottrell, as the maid of honor, who was gowned in a white coin-dot organdy duster over chartreuse pontung sheath. Her accessories included a white organdy closche and a chartreuse linen pumps. She carried navy and chartreuse Esther Reed daisies in a crescent bouquet backed with navy moline.

The bridesmaids were: Miss Jean Thiele and Miss Ramona Sime, sorority sisters of the bride, and Mrs. Nancy Beattie, sister of the groom. Their dresses were identically styled to that of the maid of honor excepting that they were wearing navy sheathes and navy slippers.

Nancy Sue Clifton, cousin of the bride, was the little flower girl. She wore a white coin-dot organdy duster over chartreuse pontung sheath like the maid of honor’s dress and chartreuse slippers. She carried a navy parasol ties with chartreuse ribbon from which she distributed rose petals in the pathway of the bride.

Garbed in a white suit with a white carnation boutonniere, the ringbearer, Ernest Galer, carried the embedded in chartreuse and navy ribbons.

For her ensemble the bride’s mother had selected a navy blue and white print bemberg dress with a navy blue velvet hat, navy nylon gloves and shoes. Her corsage was of Talisman roses. The groom’s mother wore a pink eyelet dress with black accessories and a blue corn flower corsage. The maternal grandmother of the groom, Mrs. H.B. Stewart, wore a toast lace dress with accessories in a toast shade and a blue delphinium and white carnations corsage.

The groom and his attendants were attired alike – in white dinner jackets, black trousers, wine ties, and wine carnation lapel decorations. George Robert Beattie, brother-in-law of the groom, was the best man and Howard Cottrell, William Beattie, Robert Reid and David Bullock served as ushers.

Three hundred and fifty friends and relatives were entertained at the reception following the ceremony, at the Brazelton hotel. The serving table was highlighted by a four-tierer wedding cake. Topping the cake was a bouquet of variegated sweetpeas. Adorning the table with the punch bowl was a bouquet of white daisies.

Taking charge of the hostesses duties were the bride’s aunt, Mrs. Rene Clifton, Mrs. Columbus Hayes, Mrs. W.K. Rogers, and Mrs. Lester Schuerman. Mrs. Lester Schuerman was also responsible for the decorations enhancing the church sanctuary.

The cake was cut by Miss Martha Hayes, friend and classmate of the bride, and Mrs. Lloyd Bartlett, cousin of the bride. Mrs. Howard Cottrell, sister-in-law of the bride, cared for the gifts. Keeping the guest list were: Miss Virginia Blahnik, Mrs. Ray Gauthier, and Miss Susan Seeley, sister of the groom. The Misses Sara Bacino and Doris Puckett poured punch.

For their two weeks’ honeymoon trip to the Lake of the Ozarks, Mrs. Seeley chose a lavender pontung two-piece suit with white accessories.

She was graduated from the Mt. Pleasant high school, Stephens College fro Women at Columbia, Mo. And received her Bachelor of Science degree in home economics education from Iowa State College at Ames. She was affiliated with Alpha Gamma Delta social sorority at Iowa State. Phi Theta Kappa (Honorary scholastic fraternity) at Stephens. Following their trip she will be employed in the county superintendent’s office where she has worked for the past several summers.

The groom, a graduate from Culver Military Academy at Culver, Ind., attended the State University of Iowa and Iowa State College, belonging to Beta Theta Pi social fraternity. He is assisting his father with the management of Springdale Farm. The couple will be at home to their friends at 307 South Jefferson st., Mt. Pleasant, following their wedding trip.

Published in The Mt. Pleasant News, (Mt. Pleasant, Iowa) July 16, 1951 page 2

[Great-grandson of SGS #2097 – Judson Beeler; Benjamin Eli; William Beeler; Eli (#2097); Abner (#652); Nathan; Nathan; James; Nathaniel; Nathaniel; Robert]

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