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Lonna Jo Seelye


Gender: Female


Spouse: Ronald Lester Smith

Date of Marriage: April 12, 1970

Marriage Place: Arlington, TX

Miss Seelye Weds Ronald L. Smith

Nuptial vows were pledged by Miss Lonna Jo Seelye and Ronald Lester Smith in a double ring ceremony at the First Baptist Church in Arlington on Sunday, April 12, the date of the bride’s parents’ twenty-fouth wedding anniversary.

Dr. H.E. East, pastor of the church, officiated at the three o’clock in the afternoon wedding.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.J. Seelye Jr. of Arlington and attended Arlington Beauty College after graduating from Arlington High School. She is also the granddaughter of Mrs. L.C. Bishop and Mrs. W. Jack Seelye of Hearne.

Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Smith are parents of the groom who attended Tarrant County Junior College after graduating from Arlington High School and is now employed with Gibson Discount Center.

Wedding music was furnished by Mrs. J.M. Bunkley who played the traditional marches and accompanied the bride’s sister, Miss Mary jack Seelye, who sang “The Lord’s Prayer” and “Until the Twelfth of Never.”

Candelabra entwined with greenery formed a decorative background for the wedding party as the bride was given in marriage by her father.

She wore a street length dress of white doeskin crepe and carried her grandmother’s white Bible topped with a bridal bouquet of white carnations centered with a white orchid. Her bouffant veil of illusion was held in place by a white Dior bow headpiece.

Mrs. W. Perry Seelye, sister-in-law of the bride from Arlington, was matron of honor. Her dress was fashioned in a flamingo shade of doeskin crepe and was also worn at street length. She carried a nosegay of white carnations and sweetheart roses.

Mike Patterson of Arlington attended the groom as best man. Ushers were Howard Snowden and Wade Skiles, both of Arlington.

For her daughter’s wedding, Mrs. Seelye chose an ensemble of blue knit complemented by white accessories.

The groom’s mother wore grey knit and pink accessories.

A reception in Fellowship Hall of the church followed the ceremony. Mrs. Edward Brady of Arlington, formerly of Hearne, presided at the guest book. Mrs. Carl Porter, Mrs. Gene Lamm, both of Arlington, and the bride’s cousins, Miss Barbara Squires of Plano and Miss Debra Tidwell of Hearne, alternated in serving wedding cake and punch at the bride’s table which was draped with a Quaker lace cloth belonging to the late Mrs. Emily Hawkes, a friend of the bride’s mother.

For traveling, as the couple left for a short wedding trip, the new Mrs. Smith wore a sleeveless coat of flamingo doeskin over her wedding dress and the white orchid corsage lifted from her bridal bouquet.

Mrs. L.C. Bishop, the bride’s maternal grandmother, who has been visiting in Weaverville, North Carolina for almost a year, arrived in Arlington in time for the wedding and will return to Hearne later in the month.

Other out of town guests attending the wedding were the bride’s paternal grandmother, Mrs. W.J. Seelye, and Mrs. James Adams, Miss Debra Tidwell, Mrs. Ladd Purl and children, Lisa and Ladd Jr., all of Hearne; Mr. and Mrs. Webb Bishop of Houston and Ray Amos of Calvert.

Published in The Hearne Democrat (Hearne, Texas), Thursday, April 23, 1970

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