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Shirley Eloise Seely


Gender: Female


Spouse: Ralph J. Spike

Date of Marriage: September 17, 1949

Marriage Place: Middlesex, NY

Shirley Seeley of Gorham Marries Middlesex Man Before 125 Guests

RUSHVILLE – Shirley Eloise Seely, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Allan Seely of Gorham and Ralph J. Spike, son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter J. Spike of Middlesex, were married Saturday in the home of the bride’s parents in the presence of 125 guests.

The double ring ceremony was performed by the Rev. D.D. Cronk, pastor of Rushville Methodist church, before an altar banked with palms and baskets of white gladiolus and chrysanthemums. Arrangements of yellow, while and orchid gladioli decorated the rooms.

The bride, given in marriage by her father, was attended by her sister, Miss Phyllis Seely, as maid of honor; and by Miss Jean Spike, sister of the broom, as bridesmaid. George Spike of Middlesex served his brother as best man; and Daniel Paddock of Rushville was usher.

The wedding march from Lohengrin was played by Mrs. Leman Race of Victor, who also was the accompanist for Miss Georgia Green of Rushville who sang “My Hero” and the Lord’s Prayer.

The bride wore a gown of white satin with sweetheart neckline, monde entrain and carried a shower bouquet of white roses. The maid of honor wore blue moiré taffeta and carried yellow chrysanthemums, while the bridesmaid wore a gown of yellow moiré taffeta and carried orchid chrysanthemums. The mother of the bride wore a purple faille dressmaker suit and a corsage of pink rosebuds. The groom’s mother wore a suit of gray gabardine and a corsage of red rosebuds.

Following the ceremony and reception, a buffet luncheon was served. The four-tiered wedding cake, with tapers and flowers in yellow, white, and orchid decorated the tables.

Later in the date the newly married couple left on a trip to Washington, D.C. The bride’s going away outfit was a dressmaker suit of hunter green gabardine, with which she wore brown accessories and a corsage of yellow roses. Upon their return they will reside in the James Grimes house adjoining the Seely farm, and the groom will work at his father’s farm, while she will continue as bookkeeper with the Co-Operative Farm Credit association in Canandaigua.

The bride and groom were both members of the 1946 graduating class of the central school here. She also studied at Rochester Business institute before taking her position as bookkeeper.

Guests at the wedding were from Syracuse, Buffalo, Rochester, Geneva, Waterloo, Oswego , Sayre, Pa., Lyons Prattsburgh and Brockport.

Prenuptial events included a grocery shower given by Mr. and Mrs. David Savage; a variety shower by Miss Georgia Green; a gift from the Sawaii class at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Emory Fox; a kitchen shower by Mrs. George Spike, a variety shower by Mrs. Daniel Paddock, Mrs. Kenneth Lee, and Mrs. J.A. Paddock; and a dinner at Holloway House by office friends of the bride.

Published in The Daily Messenger (Canandaigua, NY), September 21, 1949, page 2

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