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Nancy Seeley


Gender: Female


Spouse: George Robert Beattie

Date of Marriage: September 30, 1950

Marriage Place: Mt. Pleasant, IA


The marriage of Miss Nancy Seeley, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin E. Seeley, and George Robert Beattie, son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter R. Beattie, was solemnized Saturday evening at 7:30 at the First Methodist church.

The double ring ceremony was read by Rev. James W. Marlin, pastor of the church before an impressive all candlelight setting of arrangements of chrysanthemums, palms, centered with a large white arch entwined with smilax. Prof. Frank Keedy played a half hour organ recital of selections compiled by the late Geraldine Ristine, long time friend of the bride’s mother which she played for the wedding of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Desenberg. The traditional wedding marches, from Lohengrin and Mendelssohn’s were used for the processional and recessional marches. Ave Maria was softly played during the ceremony. Mrs. Delores Harlan Benton, schoolmate of the bride since childhood, sang, “My Devotion” and “Because”.

The bride, given in marriage by her father, wore a white satin gown fashioned with high neckline of suntan net embroidered with seed pearls, fitted bodice, and full skirt with court train. Her veil was of hand appliquéd Brussels lace gathered on a headdress and falling in soft folds about her shoulders to the train of her bridal gown. The exquisite veil was brought from Belgium by the bride’s aunt Mrs. C.D. Morton and was worn by her cousin Mrs. Edmund Sorenson at her wedding last May. The bride carried a lace handkerchief that had been made for the wedding of her grandmother, Mrs. H.B. Stewart. Her bouquet was of stephanotis, and white mums centered with a white orchid.

Miss Susan Seeley attended her sister as maid-of-honor. The bridesmaids were Mrs. Doyle Moxley, Miss Juanita Smutz of Iowa City, Miss Nancy Lathe of Sterling, Ill., Mrs. Donald Nurenberg of Keota. Mrs. Moxley, Miss Smutz and Miss lathe and the bride were classmates at Stephens College.

The bride’s attendants wore identical gowns fashioned with long full skirt, tight bodice with bracelet length sleeves and shawl collar with matching half hat. Miss Seeley’s gown was ruby red satin. The bridesmaids gowns were grey satin. Their colonial bouquets were of red mums and grey moline. They wore pearls, the gift of the bride.

Marianna Scarff, cousin of the bridegroom was the adorable flower girl. Her floor length gown was identical to the maid-of-honor, her bouquet was of white mums and moline. The ringbearer was Tommy Scarff, cousin of the bridegroom, who carried the rings on a white satin pillow. He wore a navy blue flannel double breasted suit.

William Beattie served his brother as best man. The ushers were Judson Seeley, brother of the bride, Bradley Ewart, cousin of bridegroom, Doyle Moxley and Nick Bacino. The men of the bridal party wore tuxedos. The bridgroom and best man wore lily-of-the-valley boutonnieres, the others wore white mums.

The mother of the bride wore a floor length gown of toast crepe with matching hat and gloves, her corsage was of gardenias. The bridegroom’s mother wore a floor length gown of sage green chiffon with matching hat and gloves, her corsage was of red roses. Mrs. H.B. Stewart, maternal grandmother of the bride, wore black chiffon, her corsage was of pink gardenias. Mrs. Elizabeth Ewart and Mrs. George Beattie, grandmothers of the bridegroom, wore black crepe and blue respectively, their corsages were of white gardenias.

The wedding reception was held at the Brazelton Hotel. Mr. and Mrs. Beattie received congratulations on the mezzanine. In the receiving were the bridal party, Mr. and Mrs. Seeley and Mr. and Mrs. Beattie.

Decoration in the hotel dining room was focused on the magnificent four tiered wedding cake topped with a shower bouquet of carnations.

Roses, wedding bells and swans were effectively used to make the bride’s cake an artistic creation of beauty. Silver candelabra with lighted tapers were used on the buffet table from which the cake and individual ice cream molds were served. The coffee table was decorated with a floral bouquet of chrysanthemums where petit fours, mints, salted nuts and coffee were served. Punch, open faced sandwiches and salted nuts were served in the grill room. The wedding gifts were displayed at the Seeley home, Springdale, west of town.

Friends of the Seeley and Beattie families assisted with the courtesies in the parlors and dining rooms. Miss Kay Cottrell, roommate of the bride at Stephens, was in charge of the guest book.

Mrs. Beattie is a graduate of MPHS and Stephens College at Columbia, Mo. She attended State University of Iowa where she was affiliated with the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority. For going away the bride wore a grey flannel suit with black accessories. Her corsage was a white orchid. Mr. Beattie graduated from Centerville Iowa high school and has recently been discharged from the United States Air Force.

Following a wedding trip to Colorado Springs, Colo., Mr. and Mrs. Beattie will be at home on a farm near New London, where Mr. Beattie is associated in farming with his grandfather, George Beattie.

Published in The Mt. Pleasant News, (Mt. Pleasant, Iowa) October 2, 1950 page 2

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

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